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It’s almost the season that comes after the beauty and splendor of fall.
This season in like Voldemort in Harry Potter. Don’t say the name out loud for fear of death eaters. Or snow.
But death eaters aside, our house-building goal was really to have the exterior completed before winter. And we’re getting closer and closer.
A small part of this goal included installing lock sets on the exterior doors.
And since I knew I’d be painting the front door eventually, I figured it would make more sense to do it before installing the locks.
I was waffling between a red door and a mint green/aqua door (the same color I painted Henry’s playhouse).
In the end, I went with red. It ties better into the barn. It is a nice pop of color on the front. We have a lot of red accents already, so it would be nice to tie it in. And it just felt right – we painted our last two front doors red and it’s the color of welcome.
And now, the door looks so ridiculously good with the black and red and slate gray, I could cry. (Check out our planned exterior color palette. for more details.)
And that transom over the front door is just dreamy.
We ended up using Behr Antique Red (satin finish) for the front door.
We actually used the same color on our doors inside the barn. It looks a lot different outside – brighter. I would say it’s deeper when we used it inside.
But it’s a great red and pops against the other colors we chose for the exterior (Magnet for siding, Ultra Pure White for trim, Pumice for top shakers). It looks great when it’s cloudy or when it’s sunny.
I also like that the color corresponds with the barn. (Which we finished with a red stain.)
The barn and house are really right next door to each other, so I’m happy that they live peacefully together. Like siblings that like each other but have their own style.
And the lockset I chose is really killer. I love that it has a traditional look and I love that I could buy locks that all used the same key. (Hurray for modern conveniences!)
Painting the front door of the house was a really simple and fast way to make it feel more like a home.
We’ve turned a lot of our attention indoors, but there are a few more outdoor projects we’re hoping to complete before the snow flies – installing the garage door (should be in next week), finishing exterior caulking, and installing and painting the front and back deck boards.
What’s your favorite front door color?
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