Monday, February 21, 2011

The finished yellow door....

Today, Jake had the day off because it was President's Day, and we took advantage of it.  We already had our paint.  We just needed a nice long day to take the door of the hinges and allow for proper drying time.  Taking the door off the hinges was the hardest part, they just wouldn't budge.  Finally after multiple attempts we pried all three hinges out and got the door off.  I thumb tacked a blanket over the door just to keep the cool breeze out and put the baby gate up.  Our living room/kitchen is our main room where we spend the majority of our time, so it needed to be baby proof. 

I wiped the door down with baby wipes, and taped in the necessary places.  We couldn't get the door knob off, so we just taped around it.  After spending so much time with the hinges, we gave up right away.  We have four indentations in our door and I started with them first.  I had a small roller but needed to use a paint brush for the creases.  I just went very slowly, as yellow seems to play tricks on your eyes.  I had Jake double check to see if I missed any spots.  I did a thick first coat, let it dry and then did a second coat.  We painted it in the garage on saw horses, we used a heat lamp (for when we had chickens), we had a small space heater running (that we turn on at night for the dogs), and Jake turned on his propane heater for me.  We only blew a fuse once.  As long as Sawyer napped, was about how long it took me to paint the door.  We let it dry for around five hours.  We put it back up and it was plenty dry, we just kept the door cracked to prevent any sticking to the frame.  It looks amazing and I feel accomplished.  I love tackling big tasks and crossing them off of our to do list.  It makes our house look great, adds character and charm.  I can't wait to make an Easter wreath and hang it on the door. 
I think we did a pretty amazing job, these pics don't do it justice as it was getting dark.  Now all we need is a cute door knocker.   

WE USED BEHR PAINT (CHARISMATIC-SEMI GLOSS) FOR EXTERNALS SURFACES (DOORS, SHUTTERS ECT) IT HAD PRIMER IN IT.  PURCHASED AT HOME DEPOT.  HOPE THIS HELPS.

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10 comments:

missarahlou said...

I LOVE it!!! It turned out so great, Nat! Makes me want to paint my house/door so I can have an awesome front door color, too.

OurSoundHome said...

I LOVE it, Nat! That color is so you, so happy. Love that crisp white trim for contrast between the door and house color, too. Nice work!

HitsPanicButton said...

I love it!! Doesn't painting the front door feel like HOME now?! Great job and looking forward to your next project. :o)

Suzanne said...

It's beautiful! Yours might be the first yellow door I've ever seen?!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

The new color looks great. I'm loving the yellow. I just painted some shelves a similar shade.

Sylvia said...

Great door!! Years ago one of the first designers on TV (maybe THE first), Lynette Jennings recommended painting the front door yellow if a house was on the market. We tried and it worked. Our house was on the market for 2 months with little interest. After painting the door yellow, we had a full price offer in 9 days. Watch out, someone may knock on your door and want to buy your house.

Natalie said...

I love it!! I was coming to post that I've been wanting a yellow door for SO long and then I see your name is Natalie too. I love little coincidences! Great job!

Jacqueline said...

looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I hope you will can share this or a different project at my link party this Friday.

Marci said...

Yay for yellow doors. I have been contemplating painting our house to garage door yellow for a bit and this has been exactly the inspiration I have needed. Perhaps it will get done tomorrow.

andie jaye said...

that's so cute! it adds sooo much warmth to your front door. i've been contemplating red for the longest time. maybe i'll goof around on the computer to create a yellow door image and see how it works. found you through nonsense's link party. stop over and say hi sometime. andiejaye @ http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com