Monday, July 11, 2011

The Other Blue Door

As I mentioned last time, we now are the proud owners of two blue doors, one for the front and now one for the back. It wasn't necessarily intentional, in fact, it didn't even cross my mind that we already had a blue door when we were deciding on a paint color for the interior of the back door; it just seemed like the logical choice. Blue just looks that good.

The color we chose was actually one that I bought a couple of samples for to use on a bench remodel that I plan to get around to someday. It's Artesian Well from the Martha Stewart Living Collection color matched to Olympic Premium no-VOC paint. The way we ended up deciding on it was I just decided to throw some of the sample that I had on hand up on the door in the midst of my window trim painting escapades, it provided a nice break from the tediousness. Low and behold though, it was a great color for the room! Woop woop!

Artesian Well is the color on the bottom of the sample. And just as a side note, if you haven't checked out the Martha Stewart Living Collection paint samples I would definitely suggest it. They have complementary colors on the reverse side that tell you good uses of those other colors. Coincidentally, the coordinating color to Artesian Well is one that is very close to Drifting Dune that we used on the walls in the back room; maybe I should become a paint coordinator...
*I wasn't paid for this little plug for Martha Stewart, btw, she and her company have no idea who I am, although that would be kind of exciting if they did, anyway, I just like the whole color coordinating ideas that they have on the back of the cards.*

Ok, enough with the choosing process, here's how the door thing went down. We took the door off its hinges and set it up on our saw horses outside to get our paint on. Jake removed the handle before painting too, just to make it a little simpler. We primed first, which was a great decision because of how smoothly the paint went on once the primer was dry. We decided to paint the edges of the door too and leave the outside plain for now (we may paint it the same or another color somewhere down the road).

I went ahead and had Jake tape off the window for me too so that we wouldn't have to do the whole razor blade thing later, it just seemed like the easier option in this case. Two quick coats of paint later and Jake was reattaching the handle and the door was looking like this.

The whole painting project only took about an hour including drying time because it was so hot out that day and the sun was shining right on the door. We left it out to dry for about 2-3 hours though, just to make sure it was good and dry when we hung it up. It's such a pretty color, here's a close up of the color for you.

And here's what it looks like in its new home.

We really love the results. The soft blue just seems to finish off the room even more, and we love the way it looks paired with the white trim, just so fresh and homey. And I love how the green of the outdoors looks framed in the light blue color.

Anyone else been adding more blue doors? Or maybe another color theme that seems to be on the brain right now?

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