Front door refresh

We did it! We finally have a new color on our front door! It’s a bit pathetic that it took so long (I’ve been wanting to repaint it for at least 2 years!), but it just was never a very high priority with so many other items on our to do list.

When we first moved in, it was black. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE glossy black front doors on some houses. But on our house, it looked like a big black hole. And really emphasized how orange our brick was. (This is a picture from before we lived here.)

500 Midland Ave, Springdale, AR 72764

We built some new steps leading out to our garage a few months after moving in (swapping one too-tall step for 2) and bought some gray floor paint for them. I had quite a bit leftover, so I slapped it on the front door and sprayed the kick plate oil rubbed bronze. It was only ever supposed to be a temporary solution!


The paint was flat, which is NOT the ideal sheen for a front door (most people stick to semi-gloss or high gloss), and the gray didn’t match the tan house paint we had first, or the new gray we chose when we repainted. Needless to say, it was time for something a little more lively and in a front-door appropriate sheen.


With the help of my mom and sister-in-law and the input of a few friends, I settled on Biscay by Sherwin Williams in semi-gloss, color matched to Behr Premium Exterior (I chose not to use a high gloss because our door has a lot of imperfections!) Here’s the before.


And after, complete with new hardware!


I love love love this color!! It is bright, for sure, but I’m really loving how happy it is! And it makes my year old magazine wreath look not quite so faded! (Although I am thinking another magazine wreath might be in order for fall!)

Vibrant wreath on a chalky blah door…


Or slightly faded wreath on a vibrant glossy door!


Definitely prefer the second! It’s such a fun color that’s perfectly between green and blue, which is exactly what I wanted!

I generally like the brushed look for mill work, trim, 6 panel doors, etc., but this time around, I decided to brush the inset areas only and do the rest using a high density foam roller. This sad door has had so many coatings poorly applied (not by me!!) and has a ton of drips, dings, specks, and other imperfections. I think the roller texture hides these better.


The unfortunate thing about freshening up a paint color, though, is that it often makes surrounding things look worse! And this time is no different…my antiqued green radio cabinet really doesn’t go with the new Biscay door. It’s been on my “need to redo” list for a while anyway, since I’m trying to infuse some kelly green into the space (which doesn’t look so hot next to brownish green), but I think it just got bumped up! I’m picturing a greige hand brushed finish, antiqued with dark wax, and canvas drop cloth instead of the gold fabric.


But back to the door. Take a look at the exterior before. I love our new paint job, but the door was just the wrong shade of gray (a little too bluish so it obviously clashed with our new gray siding color) and the house still was lacking color.


And after! I think it looks so happy and actually takes the attention away from the orange brick, while still being a complementary color


Please forgive the now brown grass. Despite the rain we’ve been getting (in July? What is your deal, Arkansas?), the hot weather has taken a toll on our previously green and weedless lawn.

I also found this Seeds color palette using Biscay, and realized it’s fairly similar to what we’ve done with our exterior. We have a medium gray on the siding, dark charcoal on the shutters, extra white trim, gutters, and windows, and tan/orange brick and grout.


I didn’t find this till after, so it wasn’t inspiration so much as confirmation! Apparently, I had the right idea! Or at least that’s what I’ll tell myself.


It was a little brighter than I had initially thought of using, but the storm door is very reflective and often creates a glare. I wanted to make sure the color would still pop from behind our storm door, even on a sunny day.


You can see the glare in this picture especially. But the color is still vibrant!


The door before just looked so washed out and dreary.


And now it makes me happy!


I’m excited for all the wreath possibilities with this door now! Before they were the only color, so they had to be super bright! Get ready, Andrew! New, hopefully free, wreaths are in our future! (He thinks I have a wreath problem.)

I think that about does it for the front of our house, besides landscaping! So what do you think?

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4 Responses to Front door refresh

  1. Shelly Parker July 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I love love love the new door color! You are right-it’s a happy color-even at 7:30 in the morning when I leave for work and stop at the stop sign!! I just love it!

    Hubby noticed it the other night on our walk and said “That’s bright, I’m not sure about that.” Ha! Then once you added the wreath though-he agreed-it’s just darn happy!

    Good job!

    • Simple House Expressions August 5, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Haha, thanks! I’m glad you like it! That’s so funny! It is a bit brighter than I had anticipated, but I’m really loving it! 🙂 Maybe for his sake I just need to keep a wreath on it all the time, huh? Lol!


  2. Debbie February 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    What color is your brick. Mine is brown (as well as the shutters). I was thinking red, but I’m not sure it goes with brown.

    • Simple House Expressions February 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      Our brick is primarily orange and black, with small amounts of tan and tan grout. Our house was cream and tan before, which matched the brick/grout well, but we’re just not tan people and it made our brick seem very orange! When we replaced the roof, we went with charcoal, which immediately helped minimize the orange. Then we repainted the exterior a warm grey (pulling out a tiny bit of greige in the brick) with white trim/gutters, and finally added a bright pop of blue on the door to offset the orange.

      It’s hard to say if I think red would go without seeing your brick color, but red is a very popular color for front doors and I think it goes with a lot! A pop of color would probably be a good addition if your brick and shutters are similar colors! And on the bright side, painting a front door is a pretty easy and cheap project, so if you paint it red and don’t like it, you could always try a different color!

      – Arielle