We love teal. Don’t worry about that. It’s a great color, except when it is worn and fading, and slightly greener than you want. John and I had pretty much decided that red-orange was the best replacement for the teal on our front door. It would be bright and fresh and it would still look good with the current color of the house, and even better when we paint the rest of it.
We used our trusty friend, Citristrip, to remove the old paint with ease. You just glop it on with a paintbrush, leave it for about 30 minutes and then scrape away. It’s like magic! Well, at least it made stripping the back of the stairs seem magical. The stairs had one coat of paint, and as we found out, this door had five! Count them!
First it was gray, then maroon, then it was blue, then came purple, and finally teal. So instead of the stripping process taking one coat of stripper, it took about 4 tries of glopping and scraping to get down to the base. We assumed that this door would strip down to bare wood, but apparently it came pre-primed. That was A-OK with us since it would be one less step when painting on the new color.
After the front of the inside door was complete, we moved on to the outer door. The inside of this one was a little easier in that it had one less coat of paint and to our surprise, it stripped down to beautiful stained bare wood!
This discovery left us with a lot to think about. Wouldn’t it be a shame to paint over this beautiful wood? That would also mean that we would have to change the exterior color scheme? Would it look outdated? Hmm.
We decided that we couldn’t make a decision until we saw what the front of the outer door looked like. Unfortunately due to some bad weather and laziness on our part, it took us about 2 weeks to find out.
While the front of the outer door did reveal some beautiful hardwood, it also revealed some very weathered wood. The bottom of the door had expanded from moisture and made the texture of the wood very prominent. It was so raised that we couldn’t get all the paint out of the crevices. It did leave this groovy zebra pattern though.
With this new information we made the solid decision to go forward with painting the outer door red-orange (orange-red?) We chose a color by Benjamin Moore called Tomato Soup. After a coat of primer, 2 coats of Tomato Soup, and me making a super stoked painting face, it was finished!
We also installed a brand new mid-century-esque door knob that really pulled it together .
Painting a door is fun. Stripping old paint and sanding it down isn’t, but if you want to do the job right, the prep work has to be tight. Rhymes! In the end, the color is much brighter than we even photoshopped originally, but we love it! It gives the exterior of the house an element of youthfulness that it needed.