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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Becoming orange: Minor setback

Some of you may remember my post about the flaky painter who left us hanging a few months ago. Failing to find someone who would paint our doors as cheaply as he had quoted, we finally decided to do the job ourselves.

Naturally, neither of us wanted to get out in the 100+ degree summer heat to paint, and we procrastinated our way through the entire fall. Finally, though, it came down to this: Either hang Christmas decorations against white primer...or paint the doors.

We knew that we wanted to use the same orange we chose for the door of the "modernist nest" (Sherwin Williams Copper Mountain), but we weren't sure what color we wanted the door frame. After looking at countless chips, we finally chose a darker orange, just a shade darker than the eaves) and got to work on the trim first.

Not bad in theory...
but the big picture is a no-go

The color brought out the darkest orange in the brick, and we were very pleased with our choice...until we got the first coat of paint on the doors. To our dismay, the trim was visually stronger than the doors themselves and made them look small and insignificant.

We've decided to repaint the trim a neutral grayish brown (the color of the mortar between the bricks and the color of most of the wood trim on the house) which should recede and allow the doors to have the dramatic impact we want. Maybe by the the weekend I will be able to post pictures of the finished job.


  1. Door looks great though Dana. Good on you and daughter for diy-ing. Happy Christmas to the four of you Dana. I do hope you're well. Sorry I haven't commented for a while. Thinking of you x

    1. So good to hear from you, Kylie. I miss your comments and our email. I guess I will always love that door color. Something about it makes a place seem like home to me. My paint job won't look professional, but at least it will be done!!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Gorgeous! What's not to love about orange?!!