DIY Doris – Door colours continued

Dear DIY Doris
We recently added shutters to our home and now want to paint the front door to give it that extra splash of color but just cannot find the perfect hue.  I have an idea of what color I want but wish to hear your thoughts first.  What color would be ideal for the front door….and should we also paint the garage door to tone down all that white?
Your adoring fan, Jan.
Dear Jan,

Thanks for the note and picture! First of all, I really must compliment the lovely plantings around your front entry way. Really well done!

I hope you had a chance to see the other piece about front door colours and have had a chance to think a little about your choices.

Now to your questions…first we will address the garage door. I AM a big fan of painting garage doors. They are very often JUST what you described…a BIG expanse of white! I think it is a great idea to paint out the doors in a colour close to the house colour, and have it blend in. My husband would say “Why would you paint a beautiful white door like that?” “It is just too much!” is my usual reply…to many of his comments, actually. If you don’t want it to blend in completely, try a colour just a shade darker than your house colour. I do not endorse painting the garage door the same colour as the front door. I know people do it, but that doesn’t make it right.

As to your front door colour, I think that depends on your own taste. Your home is neutral colours now, so technically almost any colour could be applied. A deep red would be the classic choice for a gray house with dark shutters. Orange is my favourite colour, and I might choose to put a deep burnt orange with this gray. I suspect the beautiful fall colours in your photo have influenced that choice! Think about the colours that you love. Then choose a shade of that colour that is deep enough to complement the gray, but also warm up your entrance.

Best of luck.  Do make sure to send us some ‘after’ pics.
In design,
Doris ♥

Paint Dramz

We are usually very good at picking out paint colours. By “good” I mean we do it fairly quickly, are confident in our choices and never regret. For picking colours we have our own process, it works and it serves us well. We think of a tone, go to our paint chip “deck” (we bought so much Behr paint, the sales associate at Home Depot gave us our very own!), spend some time talking and analyzing and then we are off to the paint counter. With this house, however, picking out paint hasn’t been so simple.

First there was the issue of the wall colour in the beach-themed-bathroom. This bathroom has been a bit of an issue since the start because one of us wasn’t on board with the design choice. He eventually accepted… or realized he had no choice and should at least provide some input so it could go at least a hair in the direction he wanted. At any rate, we pick out a paint colour, get it home, paint a sample on the wall and “NOPE”. WRONG. It was ballerina pink and although we love pink (the dining room ceiling of our last house was bubble gum pink and the bathroom hot pink), this was NOT what we were looking for. So, back to Home Depot we go. The lovely lady at the paint counter thought we could save the gallon of paint but we would be limited to what we could choose on account of the complex formulas associated with paint colour. It isn’t a matter of just tossing in a pinch of this and a dash of that – this isn’t a salad – rather, it is a scientific formula predetermined by the computer program. Fine. We got it figured out and are now happy with the wall colours in the beach-themed-bathroom (reveal yet to come).

Yesterday, after much debate and discussion, C and I decided on a wall colour for the entryway. This colour was a challenge because we started out in the taupe arena and ended in the emerald green arena (#compromise). So with the colour name memorized we swan into Home Depot ready for our paint. The lovely young man, Joe, behind the counter takes our order, we say we will be back in a bit and away we go. We come back a while later having filled our cart with necessities and Joe shows us the paint. The can is tightly closed so it takes a minute to get it open – the anticipation is building – and voila! RECOIL. NO. CLOSE IT. WHAT IS WRONG. OMG. “Joe, can you show us the paint chip, please?” Sure enough, Joe did an excellent job mixing the colour we had asked for. However, WHY in the name of God did we ask for that?

There was a long pause before I finally said “This isn’t right. It is too light… too white”. Joe offers to “darken-er-up” for us and I said great. He grabs the two gallons of paint and heads back to the mixer. C jumps in with “WHAT does he mean by ‘darken-er-up’?” I don’t know! What happened to the scientific formula and the complexity of the computer program? Obviously neither were no match for Joe’s ability to deliver exactly what any customer wanted. Dear God “UM JOE, can you hang on a second”. What I really wanted to say was “THIS HOME RENOVATION BUDGET IS TEETERING ON THE EDGE OF COMPLETE BLOWOUT AND WE CANT AFFORD TO RUIN TWO GALLONS OF PAINT”, instead “Can we talk about colours first before we start throwing in dye willy nilly”. Sure. He thought that was a great idea.

As we stood waiting for Joe to deliver the next iteration of our paint colour (it took four attempts), a lovely lady waiting at the counter told us how much she loved the colours. I believe her exact words were “I work at a child care centre… I am LOVING your paint colours”. Oh great. What I really wanted to say was “Lady, we’ve been renovating our house for three months now and we are getting dangerously close to losing our minds on account of the camping-style-living in our own house and the never ending decisions coupled with everyday life. Being told our entryway is going to look like a play pen is the last thing we need right now so I am going to need you to mind your business and focus on your beige” instead, “FUN! We wondered if our last house started to look like a daycare on account of so much colour!”.

Joe hooked us up. We are now very happy with the paint colour, daycare or not, and we can’t wait to have it in our home. Overall, crisis averted and success was had. For now, anyway.

Doris and her Digits

Doris now has her very own email address. She is really moving up the world, she is. If you have a DIY issue that requires a bit of help or advice – and prefer it delivered with wit, style and a sharp tongue – Doris is your gal. Give her a yell: dori

A bit more about DIY Doris:

Do you want to refinish an old piece of furniture, but don’t know how? Are you ever required to pick out a paint colour but have no idea where to begin? Are you flummoxed by the seemingly daunting task of removing wallpaper? Well, even we here at the Ottoman Empire sometimes have these issues and when we do, we call DIY Doris.

Doris is a wonderful friend of the Empire and has been with us since the beginning. Whether it was the great paint colour debacle of May 2010 or the shopping spree of a lifetime in Summer 2011, Doris, her minivan, and her unending support and advice are always there. In fact, when Doris and her minivan aren’t shuttling gay men to and from antique shops you can often find her taxiing teenage girls from dance class to pit parties. She does it all, with grace and wit.