Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This commercial came on TV today and B told me that my paint chip hoarding tendencies would unleash the Paint Chip Beast upon us!  Yikes!  I wouldn't say I'm normally paralyzed by color choices though.... just for front doors!
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PART TWO OF HOUSE PAINTING: The door color saga

So as I posted about last time, I've been painting my house and generally revamping the exterior.  We just got back from a (much needed) vacation, so in the time before we left, it was quite a push to get as much done as possible.  We got the shutters built and stained (tutorial to come later), most of the body of the house painted, and the front door painted.  I had done a Photoshop mock-up to see how everything would look together....

Photoshop mock-up
The quality isn't great, but you get the idea.  The Robin's Egg Blue door looked great with the ashen, cooler-toned wood on the shutters.  HOWEVER, when we went to pick stain, that wasn't quite what we ended up with.  There were some great options in transparent stain, but we couldn't get those in a tester size.  So we decided to go with a semi-transparent color instead.  None of the options were great, but we decided on Cedar Naturaltone.  It looked super orange when we put it on a test board, but when we held it up to the house, it looked great.  So, I proceeded to stain all 6 shutters in the Cedar Naturaltone.  We hung them on the house and I also painted the front door in the the blue color.  Then... I was working in the yard one morning and I saw the shutters in full shade for the first time and freaked out.  They were bright orange.  And they really didn't look good (to me) with the blue door.  Everyone else thought I was crazy, but it was bugging the crap out of me.
A quick photo that we took of the blue door.  Not awful, but not great.

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