I don't know how it happened, but out of the blue (pun intended) I painted our front door a bright turquoise. Here's what it looked like before:
Well, I guess I know how. It was almost a turn of events similar to the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" story (that I also mentioned with the post on our master bathroom).
The seeds were planted a few weeks ago. I saw a cute historic home with a similar siding color and a turquoise door. A blogging friend was painting her house a bright shade of blue. And then on Instagram, I saw another blogger who painted her door the bold color.
I looked at our light gray/blue door and my wheels were turning. While getting other supplies (we are ALWAYS at a hardware store) I picked up the paint, and one day after getting the house somewhat clean and the laundry under control, thought "what the hey, why not??"
And I did it.
The color was vibrant and awesome. I've been asked the name of the color almost more times than I've been asked any other questions, it is Valspar's "Rushing Stream". I tried to edit these pictures to get as close as possible to how it really looks.
I freaked out a tad because I both loved it and was scared at how bright it was. I kept going because there was no turning back now. And pretty soon a second coat was up and I was freaking out even more.
The color was great, but what was I, Ann Marie, lover of neutral decor and walls, doing painting my door BRIGHT TURQUOUSE?!?? For all the world and neighbors to see? When there are a bazillion other things I could be doing to improve our house?!
Looking back, maybe I needed it. I needed to take a leap. While we have been tackling projects in the house (see our dining room update and our current laundry room renovation), there is so much I want to do. Add in the fact that we have a new baby coming soon, and I'm wanting to do all the things but not knowing where to start.
Doug went along with it and said nothing, bless him. Because I know he probably hated/hates it, haha. It looked really bright when it first was painted and the grass was all still dead. And err, our Christmas lights were still up. 🙂
Now, it matches the bright landscaping and I'm not freaking out like I was before.
We've got some other projects planned for this area too (including shutters!!!), but I'll share the details of that when they're sooner to actually getting done. Right now, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy this happy-looking turquoise door.