So we finally FINALLY got some warmer weather this weekend and it actually kinda felt like Spring. Even though there were spells of sun and spells of rain (typical Blighty that), I spent most of my time outdoors but happily undercover thanks to the little entry where my front door resides.
Oh yes, I made a start on my plans for the front garden. I don’t take this good weather lightly – when it makes it’s appearance, I take advantage. So I started something I’ve been wanting to do for probably over a year now – I painted my front door.
I was pretty sure I wanted to go with a dark blue but hadn’t had my mind made up until I saw these beauties.
|Top Left / Top Right / Bottom
Notice they are all slightly different depending upon the light. But they are all rather delicious. This, my friends, is Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue – it’s like a very dark peacock blue but sometimes looks almost navy. And this is the colour I decided to paint my front door.
It’s surprisingly easy to paint a front door. First all the hardware was removed. As the door was already painted, all it needed was a rub down with Scotchbright pads which are a rough scrubbing pad to score the surface to take the paint. We filled in some holes with wood filler, sanded them and after that, the door was rubbed down with white spirit and the old paint scraped off the windows.
After that, it was just a matter of taping off the glass and getting two coats of paint on there. I painted the first coat on Saturday and the second coat on Sunday. You don’t have to wait that long for the second coat (drying time is about 6 hours but it’s touch dry after 2) but I didn’t want to take any chances.
The paint goes on like a bright peacock blue (which admittedly scared me to start with) but as it dries, the deep bluey-green colour starts to come through, a hint of what’s to come.
After two coats, the door began to really come into it’s own and the addition of new brass hardware made it all va-va-voom sexy.
I also painted the alcove of the door with some fresh white paint and the door frame in a white gloss. The door really pops off the white now.
And here’s the door…
Before and After? Oh go on then. (No clue why the brick looks so much redder in the ‘after’, must be the change in light?) (Update! I just figured it out – the brick is wet on the picture on the right and dry on the left. Oooh she’s like Columbo!)
It’s not quite done yet – I’m awaiting a rather snazzy door knocker and I’m also waiting on some transfer film for the number on the transom window but it’s looking so much better already! Finally rid of that horrible reddy-orangey-brown colour and it really goes wonderfully with the brick around it. More to come!
What colour is your front door?