Friday, October 29, 2010

Our front door

Here is where we left off with the front door:
Within an hour or so, it looked like this:
While we actually didn't mind the color, this was just gray tinted KILZ to get the door ready for the real color.  It did look kind of cool, though!
The real color was Behr Antique Red, the same color in our dining room.  Here she is after only one coat of color-matched Ace Satin Exterior paint:
I was pretty impressed with the coverage after just one coat!  The dark primer was the bomb, plus the paint was really high quality.
I ended up doing two coats...then I had to tackle the hardware. 
When I had originally removed the door handle, it was looking really old and rusty on the inside, but I thought it was too cool to replace.  Plus I didn't want to cry when new hardware wouldn't fit and we'd have to drill all new holes.  You know? 
So I decided to use a wire brush on the rust, then spray it all with primer and Rustoleum 'Dark Bronze' spray paint.  I also thought about not putting the eagle door knocker back on, but I have to admit I kind of love him and he probably is original to the house...so he got a couple coats of paint, too.   
He's so magestic while waiting for me to prime, don't you think?  Or gaudy.  One of those things.  Anyway, I think he cleaned up nice and looks good on our 70 year old door....
and here it is all done!
And it also looks spiffy with the 'full view' storm door.  Too bad about the glare, though...
So what do you think?  Is the red too predictable?  We have gotten lots of complements from the neighbors so I think I made the right choice.  I will also take your opinions on the eagle.  If I'm a total weirdo and it's way ugly, please let me know!
And maybe you would like to see my post last year pondering what color to pick?  Check it out here.

31 comments:

A Pearl In The Making said...

I think it is great that you put Mr. Eagle back on the door:)and the color you used for the door & the fixtures are great.

Pigeon said...

I like the eagle, he cleaned up nicely! The door looks great.

Katie said...

i like the red door, it looks really nice with your house. and i also like that you kept the eagle, he looks much better after a coat of paint!

erica p. said...

The eagle is super charming! Now I want a rad doorknocker!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

The door is awesome. I love a red door. AND the eagle is fantastic! Glad you kept it.

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

Pretty! If you were gonna throw that knocker away, I would grab it. It's unique and it's very cool!

House's looking good...

Deb said...

Love the door and the eagle is perfect. It's great to preserve what came with the house when you can.

Deb said...

I love the red door!! But then I think all front doors shuld be red, so my opinion is a bit biased ;) My front door is Red Red Wine by Behr and matches the color of my dining room also (since that's the first room you see when you walk in) And I vote that the Eagle stays - you don't see too many of them anymore.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I love the red door! It's very charming.

Freckles Chick said...

I love how fabulously charming the red paint & the eagle are. Keep the eagle!! As Mr FC says, if you don't, then the terrorists win.

Don't ask. =]

Bunny @ 86n It said...

Love the color, love the eagle!
You are right on in my book.

Jodie said...

have to go against the grain on this one...i was WAY disappointed to see the eagle go back on the door. if i was walking by it would make me think some old folks lived there!

Jamie Lee said...

I love the eagle and the color. They both look great.

Sara said...

Love it! Our front door could certainly use a face lift! Great work :)

The Brick Cottage said...

I love a red front door and it looks great on your house (although the gray primer was pretty spiffy, too)! Every home needs a little quirk and I think the eagle is just right. Girl, you can do no wrong!

Kerry said...

Personally I'm a big fan of the eagle... if you were going to get rid of it, I would've asked you to send it along our way! haha

The colour is great too! So perfect for your house!

waldobungie said...

I love the eagle and the door color! Looking good!

Holyoke Home said...

YEAH! That looks GREAT!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Seeing as how I have a red brick house and red front doors...of course I love yours!

Great job cleaning up the hardware too..I'm too chicken to even take mine off!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love the red color. Great choice. The door really pops now. And, the eagle looks great with a new color.

Maggie @ Okay, now what? said...

Looking good! You picked my colour choice from your previous post ;-)

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Great punch to the front.

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

So love the red! And that eagle is so unique. i think you made the perfect choice in keeping it!

Alexson said...

Love it! I have a red door, too. I'd love to get crazy and do a yellow, green or pale turquoise, but my little 50s ranch just wouldn't have it. It'd be like wearing a poodle skirt with a mohawk.

Chelsea said...

I love it! The color is perfect, and I really love Mr. Eagle, too. He's too cool!

~Chelsea

Amanda said...

Keep the eagle. He is cool! The red looks great, too. Nice choice.

Vonda said...

I love the updated door. You've really inspired me to get out there and fix ours up. The color is great but the hardware and the light fixture are really embarrassing!

Lisa said...

Looks like everyone likes the eagle (I like him too) which means if he is staying you must give him a name.

Inez said...

I always love me a red door! And your's looks exceptionally cute! It was between red or black for our door color but I eventually chose black. I don't think we could pull off red. :P

reFind said...

I love the door!! I have always been a big fan of red doors - there is something so homey about them. Although, lately I am really craving a yellow door.

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Ahhhh, it's perfect with the rest of your house, and against the white storm door frame! I actually think that Antique Red was one of the colors I was considering for our front door, before I chose a plum color.

For being 70 years old, she looks great!! :)