"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave?" - Kathleen Kelly (You've Got Mail)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Outside trim and garage door - Painted!

When we moved into our house over 2 years ago it was painted PEACH...along with the trim, garage door, front door and everything else! Not only was our house painted this way, but so was every single other home in our neighborhood. I've never liked it and last week I finally got my butt in gear and made some changes.

We didn't have the time (or money) to repaint the entire exterior so I painted the trim and garage door white. It took much more time then I thought it would. It took about 20 hours, lots of sweating, several bad sunburns and a red ant attack. But after all that work I have to say I would do it all again because I LOVE the way it turned out. The total cost of this project $48. I used a basic exterior paint by Olympic in bright white. The trim took 2 coats and for the garage door I did 1 coat of primer and 3 coats of paint. Here are the before and after pictures:


AFTER (added new front sconces and house numbers)

And maybe you can help me with this! I painted the trim around our front door white as well. I was going to paint the entire door white but I think it would be more fun to do a color! I've always wanted a red door but I don't think red would look right with the color of our stucco. I've had several people suggest black and a few suggest green. So...what do you think I should do?

Oh! And we just bought all new brushed silver door knobs for the entire house (including the front door) to replace the old, nasty 20 year old brass ones!


  1. You should paint the front door blue! I've seen it done before along with the stucco color and it looks really good, as long as you pick out the right color of blue. It looks great! I don't know how you did it all, I can barely keep up with the house work, good job!


  2. I'd go for green! Not very common, and I think it would look great with the stucco!

    Love your blog. Creative and cute. :D

  3. Holy, cow. That looks like a completely brand new house!!!

  4. Maybe a turquoise? Or Aqua blue? I think it would look awesome against the stucco!

  5. When you want to make your home extra welcoming an exterior painting job may be on the agenda. Painting your home is fun and a great mean to express yourself while developing an unique exterior.

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  6. I think your front door would've looked beautiful with a glossy black paint. It's a usual shade to use, but it never goes out of style. It still gives every front door a sophisticated appeal. But what color did you go with in the end?