“In a moment of decision, the best thing to do is the right thing, the second best thing to do is the wrong thing. The worst thing to do is nothing. “-Theodore Roosevelt.
Today we are going to talk about an insanely important topic: the color of my front door. If you ever are afraid of trying something new, intimidated by making a choice, or just want to see what I went with, keep reading. I’m going to share how important it is to make a decision and the lessons I learned from painting my front door.
We’ve lived at our new house for almost a year and every time I’ve passed by our front door it made me sad. That’s a lot of sad. The paint color was what I call a “non color” with super fashionable gold numbers and matching door knocker to accessorize it. I would pass by and feel HGTV judging me and Home Depot taunting me to just get it done. I was also a whole lot embarrassed whenever anyone would come visit thinking that they might think that I thought it was such a great look.
We moved here 2 weeks before I gave birth to our 3rd daughter. So we’ve been a little busy. I had images of baby crawling in paint, my 3 year old touching the door before it was dry, and my 8 year old not helping me with the other two so I could tackle the task. I also had post traumatic paint disorder (PTPD) from a kitchen paint color that went massively wrong back in the Spring of 2010.
I needed to get over all of this and just paint the front door. So I did. The project cost me $21. It only took a few hours start to finish with drying breaks included. The kids behaved. AND as an added bonus straight from Jesus, my husband and kiddos happily helped! We found a can of bronze spray paint in the garage from another project we had done and decided to try to revive door numbers and knocker. I think they were as depressed by the doors current state as much as I was but just hadn’t been able to talk about it. Turned into a fun family project!
Here’s what helped me make a decision and get on with it:
- I asked for a little help from my friends. I posted a picture of my brick color on FB to get color suggestions and was overwhelmed by the people who took the time to help me!
- I went to the expert. Once I knew which color I wanted, I took an inspiration picture to my amazing decorator lady at the local paint store. She is the paint whisperer you all. She is also the one who helped me recover from that kitchen paint color incident in 2010.
- I decided it would be really hard for me to dislike whatever I chose any more that I loathed what was already there. So, I got to paining.
Here is the finished masterpiece:
Lessons learned from painting my front door:
- People want to help you.
- There is no wrong or right with color really but it sure helps to have a paint whisperer’s guidance.
- Sticking with what you can’t stand because you’re afraid of making a mistake is no way to live.
- If you end up hating it, you can always paint over it.
- Life is too short for any part of your home that can be spruced up for less than $25 to make you sad every time you walk by it.
We are super happy with how it turned out. It now says as one of my friends so sweetly commented on Facebook, “Leigh Ann’s bunch lives here!” And really, that was what I was going for. I wanted to have a happy door that is welcoming, fun, and is a reflection of our family instead of “welcome to Dullsville.”
Still on the hunt for a chair for the front porch and a welcome mat but it is coming along don’t you think? Oh and as my sister pointed out, I now need to move my teal pot away from the door so it isn’t so matchy-matchy. I’m getting there!
So what is it you are afraid to get moving on? What is a quick, low-cost home improvement project you could tackle this week that would bring you JOY every time you walk by the completed project? Life is short. Quit putting it off and go have fun DOING.