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.