Posted by: DD | October 12, 2007

no. 540 – It’s Always Open

It took just a little over a year to build our house. It has taken me that long, plus a couple of months, to paint the front door.

Motivation is not my middle name.

Fdoorbefore_2 Here’s the before, from last spring. Not a bad looking door, per se, but would you have even noticed the door if you had been passing by? I think not. *yawn*

Fdoornight And here’s an after, a picture taken just minutes following the rehanging the door originally removed that morning so I could prime and paint two coats of color. The very morning of one of the coolest and crappiest days we’ve had lately. Why, yes, it was quite brisk in our house that afternoon. In fact, the paint probably wasn’t as dry as I had hoped and might require a little touching up along the seal. Ooops.

Sorry about the glare…and the weird shit on the top dormer (holiday decoration). The color looks red in that picture. The house is grey-green, by the way.

Fdoormorn Here’s what it looked like in the early morn’s sun rays while the elks were whistling bears marking the trees birds were singing. See? Now it looks orange. But not as orange as the 90 lbs pumpkin XBoy’s grandmother grew for him sitting right there on the stoop. Thank goodness because a 2×3" paint swatch is dicey at best, and I don’t want to repaint this.

So if you are ever driving the backwoods of Big Town, Nebraska and you see this front door. Stop in. The paint should be plenty dry by then and I always have a stash of Bailey’s irish cream and some aged bourbon, not that I have a stash of liquor for any particular reason…



  1. It’s SPOOK-tacular!

    LOVE the red.

  2. It’s beautiful! I really want to paint our door but it seems like such a hassle. But it’s obviously worth it, judging by your “after” result!

  3. LMAO at “big town Nebraska”…yeah right DD!
    (I live in backasswards, Nebraska so I can say that!) ;-P

  4. You know that I am coming you way with in the year and I look forward to seeing that door.

    Our neighbors down the block never took down their Halloween decorations from last year so they are extra festive with the additions they have made to the “display”. Please tell me you do net leave them up until Christmas….

  5. Love it!

  6. Love it!

  7. I love a red front door – fabulous!

  8. Definitely a head turner – I love it!

  9. In the back of my head, I keep thinking it would be fun to paint my door different colors for different seasons, holidays, etc… kind of like changing the colors on my blog… but then the logistics of it all kick in.

    Nice red!

  10. That looks great! We want to do our front door in red, but like you, lack motivation 🙂

  11. I LOVE a colorful front door! I think the front door says so much about the people inside. See? Now I KNOW that you are as colorful & warm in real life as you are on your blog!

    Our front door is painted…. what else? Kelly green. He is *so* Irish.

  12. My door is a darker red, and I love red doors.

    If I ever am in Nebraska, you know where my first stop will be. : )

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