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September 12, 2010

Oh yeah, that’s turquoise!!

Back in July, I wrote about my colourful obsession — painting the front door. And the next day, I found what I thought was the perfect turquoise, Eddie Bauer Sea Breeze. But the more I looked at the chip and compared it to other turquoise chips, the more it looked too green. So, I picked up another batch of turquoise chips and started the process over again. With some help from my friends Nicole and Lisa, I decided to go with CIL Vista Marine.

VM

But I made a boo-boo — colours always look lighter outdoors, so I should have gone with the next darker colour on the chip, Peacock’s Plume.

peacock plume

Unfortunately, the two colours have different bases. So even though they’re just one colour away from each other on the paint chip, it was only possible to go so much darker than Vista Marine without thinning out the paint too much. Luckily, the paint could be tinted just enough to be almost as dark as Peacock’s Plume.

Here’s the before, Valspar Rare Vintage. I love the colour, but just felt like doing something different.

door before

Here’s the door with Vista Marine . Just one coat at this point, but it was too pale and washed out.

door close

And here’s the door with Peacock’s Plume.

turquoise door

Hubby took the next picture for me, so that’s my excuse for the hose sticking out of the garden :-) And hubby refuses to put the Christmas lights up and down, so they stay up all year. But they’re not plugged in, I promise!!

peacock from road

I’m still trying to figure out a way to hide the brass trim on the windows. It’s actually sandwiched between two pieces of glass, so I can’t remove it and I can’t paint it. I also want to replace the light fixtures with ones that are silver metal and more substantial.

Quick update #1: If you’re wondering if I was crazy enough to go swimming this weekend… YES, I most definitely AM crazy!! Which is why I’m sitting here in my sweatpants and sweatshirt with the heater on trying to thaw out my fingers & toes!! But it was so worth it, and I’ll probably be going in again before the weekend is over :-)

Quick update #2: I’m so excited to report that my friend Matt LeBlanc has sold all 200 paintings and achieved his goal of raising $25,000 for cancer research with his Art for Life Campaign. Absolutely fantastic, Matt!!!

I’m linking my front door makeover to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Pop over to check out what everyone else has been metamorphosing… I just made that word up :-)

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31 comments:

Kathysue said...

Kelly love your new color but I also liked the other color, your pots and planting just add to the mix, so pretty

Sherry said...

The new aqua looks wonderful with the gray. Nice change and greater curb appeal. Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

Entertaining Women said...

Did you know that in Santa Fe they tell you that a blue door keeps away evil spirits? I like the blue with your house color. Thank you for sharing your metamorphosis. Cherry Kay

Shelia said...

Hi Kelly! Oh, I love that splash of color on your door! Heads will turn when they pass your lovely house!
Congrats to your friend on the money he raised.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

E. Charlotte said...

Great post! Love the door! Nothing is better than a bright, bold front door! :)

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Wow! That door does pop! I really like Peacock's Plume. And I also like the colourful pots around the door!

Kat said...

Love it! The old color was beautiful, but this really pops. I heard that Matt had sold all the paintings, such great news. I would LOVE to be able to attend the gala. Alas, funds, time and life won't allow right now. Kat

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

P.S. I don't know the make of the plate I got at the antique store - doesn't have any stamp on the back...and I want to see that bronzed elephant!!!!

Jemsmom said...

Oh Kelly, I knew it would look great and it does!!! What a brilliant pop of color!!! That really makes a grand statement for your home!

Joselyn said...

WOW!Instant curb appeal.Love the new color. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Entertaining Women said...

Thanks for stopping by...the coffered ceilings in my daughter, KC's house are indeed pretty neat. She carries the chandelier in the dining room with her wherever she lives. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

AB HOME Interiors said...

Love the door. Very eye catching. I am so happy to hear that Matt sold his paintings. That is so incredibly exciting!!!
xo
amanda

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Looks beautiful Kelly! And congrats to Matt. I can't wait to receive my painting!

Marcus Design said...

Lovely!! I'm so glad you went even more bold, that turquoise is perfection!! And I loved the color it was originally, but I totally get what you mean about just wanting to do something different, I feel that way all the time :) By the way your homes exterior is stunning Kelly.
Nancy

Sharon said...

Sexy new front door!;)

Lindy said...

Great front door color. Very inviting -- you got to love new paint. Here from "Between Naps"!

Ann said...

What a wonderful pop of color!! I certainly think that you made the right choice.:o)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

The Zhush said...

What a beautiful home, lots of curb appeal. Great color choice too!

Jen said...

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the turquoise! That is one of my favorite colors & how bold are you to use it on the front door!! I love it!!

Gayle said...

Your house is so pretty. I love the new door color! (Hope you've warmed up by now!)

Lisa said...

I love it - really brightens up the exterior. It'll be perfect to see that lovely turquoise on a cold winter day!

Wendy said...

I love the you darken it up - looks great! My husband would think I was nuts!

Petra Voegtle said...

Kelly - your new front door looks very inviting - may I come in????

Elise Lowerison said...

This front door is awesome! I came across your post this morning while browsing interior design blogs and the topic of window treatment selection was very interesting to me. What window treatments would suit this kind of popping front door? It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

manningroad said...

Beautiful colour choice for your door - a great statement colour !

Sue Murphy@ life as a house said...

I really like your choice of door color. Wow is what it says from the street. Really eye stopping. Very daring but it works!!!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

just gorgeous! love the trasformation, so eye catching and lovely.

love it.

theLENNOXX said...

That's what I call a gorgeous front door! The color is absolutely perfect! And I think I'm in minority here, but I actually like the brass details! Always have, always will.. Reminds me of gold, which I love!

xo Linda

PS: you ARE a little crazy ;)

Mimi said...

Gorgeous color for an entry!

Atticmag said...

I love your front door. It's such a bold color (mine is too so I'm a kindred spirit). Always so much fun to see what you ladies are up to. Jane F.

chanteusevca said...

Oh wow! I read your blog all the time, but this is my first time to comment. I have the same "before" turquoise color on my front door that I just hauled off and painted becuase I wanted to see what it looked like. And even though it's better than the parched, orangey brown wood that was there before, it's still off. So now I know what to do! Thanks so much for the fix!

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