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How to Pick the Perfect Front Door Color

Colored Door

Painting our front door has always been on my to-do list. Since the day we moved in, I knew I wanted a colorful front door that was bold, unique and set our home apart from the rest on the block. Unfortunately a year and a half later, the door was still on the to-do list & still white.

Not that I didn’t appreciate white or don’t love a crisp, white door… I just knew I wanted a pop of color! What pop of color should it be exactly? That’s where I was stuck! Some days I wanted yellow, some days I wanted navy, I even tossed a few shades of gray into the mix at one point or another. The problem wasn’t necessarily getting the door painted, but more so picking the color to make it happen (all with the approval of my darlin’ hubby that wasn’t always sold on a bright door, or any colored door for that matter).

The more I researched stalked the blogosphere, the more I was able to eventually identify my philosophy on colored doors, which gradually gave me the confidence to pick a color & check this job off the to-do list once and for all.

Thanks to a post from one of one of my all-time fav bloggers, Dana from House*Tweaking, I agreed that a colored door should give the neighborhood a little hint of what they would find in your home. The door selection should be an extension of the “flavor” of your home. Dana was so right! How did I not think of that before?! And just like that, my decision was made.
I love a yellow door… but yellow isn’t necessarily the “feel” of my home.

I love a navy door… but was navy the overwhelming color in my home? Hmm… not exactly.

A blue-ish/teal-ish door… well, I had never really thought about that before, but wow… how spot-on to my home’s “style”. So just like that… blue it was! Blue was the color that would give that sweet lady walking her dog each morning a peek into what our home was all about.

I chose Benjamin Moore’s Covington Blue to be exact. The door required TWO coats of paint over two days.
Clearly, one coat just didn’t cover evenly.

But because we loved our Covington Blue so much, we didn’t stop there. Surprise, Surprise…

We painted the inside too!

A big difference from what it looked like when we first moved in, huh?

We love, love, love the new color it brings to our space and think that it flows perfectly with our blue accents. Yes, the door is a little bold & outside of our comfort zone, but we could not be more excited about the change! Even Matt is a fan & has converted to Team Colored Door! (Another accomplishment I can check off of my to-do list).

If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already heard this. For those of you who do not have Instagram, I wish to leave you with one final thought.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
A door.
A door, who?
A-door-a-blue

I know, I know…. I’ll stick to my day job. I just couldn’t pass that one up.

Bridget Signature
Come check out all of the paint colors in our homes in this post!
paint-colors

 

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20 thoughts on “How to Pick the Perfect Front Door Color

  1. Louise

    That looks amazing. I love that you painted the inside, too. I’m curious where the door was during the serious dry/cure time. Did you take the door off to paint it, and if so, how long was it down?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Louise! Between you and I, I actually kept the door on the hinges to paint it. I taped around the hardware and painted both sides at once. Then I kept the door slightly open for a few hours with a fan blowing on it. Overnight, I closed it & locked it… but was careful touching it in order to give it extra time to cure for a few days. (Still didn’t add the wreath, just in case!). Good luck!

  2. Louise

    That looks amazing. I love that you painted the inside, too. I’m curious where the door was during the serious dry/cure time. Did you take the door off to paint it, and if so, how long was it down?

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Louise! Between you and I, I actually kept the door on the hinges to paint it. I taped around the hardware and painted both sides at once. Then I kept the door slightly open for a few hours with a fan blowing on it. Overnight, I closed it & locked it… but was careful touching it in order to give it extra time to cure for a few days. (Still didn’t add the wreath, just in case!). Good luck!

    Reply
  4. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I LOVE THIS! Oh – guess what! We just bought a house!! I think I wanna paint our new door this color too 🙂 Just gotta sell it to Kyle!

    Reply
  5. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I LOVE THIS! Oh – guess what! We just bought a house!! I think I wanna paint our new door this color too 🙂 Just gotta sell it to Kyle!

    Reply
  6. Rachel S

    Hi! I was wondering if the Covington Blue is mixed to 100%. Also what finish the paint is, if you remember. Thank you! 🙂

    Reply
  7. Emily Moothart

    Hello,
    I love your door – not only the color, but the actual DOOR! I was wondering if you have any idea where it was purchased, or where I might find one similar? Thanks so much! 🙂

    Reply

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20 thoughts on “How to Pick the Perfect Front Door Color

  1. Louise

    That looks amazing. I love that you painted the inside, too. I’m curious where the door was during the serious dry/cure time. Did you take the door off to paint it, and if so, how long was it down?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Louise! Between you and I, I actually kept the door on the hinges to paint it. I taped around the hardware and painted both sides at once. Then I kept the door slightly open for a few hours with a fan blowing on it. Overnight, I closed it & locked it… but was careful touching it in order to give it extra time to cure for a few days. (Still didn’t add the wreath, just in case!). Good luck!

  2. Louise

    That looks amazing. I love that you painted the inside, too. I’m curious where the door was during the serious dry/cure time. Did you take the door off to paint it, and if so, how long was it down?

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Louise! Between you and I, I actually kept the door on the hinges to paint it. I taped around the hardware and painted both sides at once. Then I kept the door slightly open for a few hours with a fan blowing on it. Overnight, I closed it & locked it… but was careful touching it in order to give it extra time to cure for a few days. (Still didn’t add the wreath, just in case!). Good luck!

    Reply
  4. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I LOVE THIS! Oh – guess what! We just bought a house!! I think I wanna paint our new door this color too 🙂 Just gotta sell it to Kyle!

    Reply
  5. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I LOVE THIS! Oh – guess what! We just bought a house!! I think I wanna paint our new door this color too 🙂 Just gotta sell it to Kyle!

    Reply
  6. Rachel S

    Hi! I was wondering if the Covington Blue is mixed to 100%. Also what finish the paint is, if you remember. Thank you! 🙂

    Reply
  7. Emily Moothart

    Hello,
    I love your door – not only the color, but the actual DOOR! I was wondering if you have any idea where it was purchased, or where I might find one similar? Thanks so much! 🙂

    Reply

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Polka Dot Holiday Door Mat

polkadot mat
Back by popular demand…a door mat tutorial that will dress up your porch just in time for Santa’s arrival. Because our fall herringbone door mat tutorial was such a hit, we had to try our hand at a holiday DIY doormat.  As far as we’re concerned, once Santa lays his eyes on this beauty, he’ll want to skip the chimney thing all together and waltz right through your front door. But do you blame him?
DIY holiday doormat
Although we heart herringbone here at the DIY Playbook, we are also loving the falling polka dot trend that has been spotted (literally) all over the blogosphere these days.
Plus, the polka dots resemble falling snow, which seems fitting for this time of year. Oh, and the fact that the falling polka dot design takes about ten times LESS than the herringbone doormat is quite the selling point, especially during this crazy time of year. Cute, cheap and less than 20 minutes… are you sold or what?
plain doormat

I started this DIY with a plain, $8 door mat from Home Depot.

door mat supplies

I also bought a bottle of acrylic paint in each color and three round sponge paintbrushes (one slightly larger than the other two) all from JoAnn Fabrics.

Rookie Tip: I ended up using the entire bottle of white, I mean like seriously every.single.last drop. Since the bottles are each less than a dollar, I would recommend buying more than one bottle of the color you paint on with the largest paint brush. Or heck, buy two of each of the bottles if you want to get reaaallll crazy! #yoursecretissafewithme 

white paint
Once you have all of your supplies, allow yourself less than 20 minutes to get this project done. Yup, you read that right…. your doormat will be on the drying rack in no time! I mean seriously, this project is QUICK! And if you do it outside in the dead of December, the bitter cold may motivate you to get this doggone door mat dotted in record timing.
steps to dotting a door mat
1. After dipping your sponge in the white paint, stamp the rug and push the sponge down with some pressure. Hold the sponge down then wiggle it around slightly.
2. Release the pressure
3. Admire your work
4. Repeat
The good news best news ever: if when you stamp your dot, the paint does not cover as perfectly as you had hoped… you can re-do your stamp without losing the original shape as many times as you want!

Honestly, there was no rhyme or reason to the placement of my white dots. I just wanted to have more dots on top of the mat and try to slowly use less and less dots as I moved down the mat.

dot doormat
white polka dot doormat

I really like the plain white dots and probably would have been okay stopping here, but my mitten-less fingers weren’t frozen yet & I still had two bottles of paint that I didn’t want to waste, so I kept on dotting…

white dots on doormat
red sponge
I used the smaller sponge with the red paint and used a few less dots than I had with the white.

Using the same method as before, the red dots took me less than 5 minutes. Again, no rhyme or reason just aimed for a random “falling” polka dot effect.

polka dot doormat

Using the remaining smaller sponge (same size as the red), I finished off the polka dotted door mat with hints of Christmas green.

As far as I’m concerned, this 20 minute DIY door mat is POPPIN’! 
This polka dottin’ doormat could make the perfect hostess gift, could sneak on to your BFF’s front porch for a very “secret santa”, or could help ring in the new year with a new color scheme!!
For less than $14 & 20 minutes of your precious time…. how could you go wrong?! You can’t!
Now don’t be nervous about tackling this DIY doormat, it’s one project that’s pretty simple to connect the dots… Happy dottin’ my fellow rookies!

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