National Painting Week: Inspiration Realized


Last week I let you in on my front door makeover project I worked on with Sherwin-Williams for National Painting Week, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share the results! I can’t believe I put up with it in its dingy off-whiteness for as long as I did (4 1/2 years!), but spring is the perfect time for adding some color to all aspects of life, don’t you think?



Oh, hey there dirty post-winter porch and dormant flower bed! My house was definitely in a state of PLEASE HELP ME as far as curb appeal goes. (If you look closely you can spy my dogs, Piper and Bebe, in each window agreeing vehemently.)



Even though my door and frame were light in color, I opted to add a layer of primer for full color development upon the advice of the consultants at my local Sherwin-Williams store. But before that I neatly taped off the frame from the brick exterior and around all of the fixtures. What I forgot to do was cover the doorknob in foil (a fantastic trick). Whoops.



I did a little research pre-project on the best way to tackle the process, and it turns out there is a recommended way in which to paint a door. Painting in this order helps to eliminate excess visible paint strokes and globs. (It totally worked.)

1. The recesses in each interior panel.
2. The interior panels.
3. The cross-sections between panels.
4. The outermost borders.



Two coats of Energetic Orange in Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex paint (and some fresh spring flowers) later and I was done! I’m looking forward to being able to tell new visitors that my house is “the last one on the left, the one with the orange door”! 



I’d love to add a brass knocker and doorbell cover like the photo that inspired my makeover, and hopefully some interesting house numbers. This project has also given me the motivation to paint the trim and other exterior doors on my home a charcoal grey. It’s going to be amazing. My neighbor complimented me on the fresh look the other day and asked if I did this sort of thing for a living! (It was a long answer.)

Definitely pop over to visit The Brick House to see more orange today, and Vintage Revivals and Style by Emily Henderson tomorrow for their red projects! And, you’re in luck. The Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week SuperSale starts tomorrow and runs through April 22nd, with offers of 40% off paints and stains and 30% off painting supplies it’s too good to pass up.


Disclaimer: This project and post are sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. All opinions and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush going!

  • Christy

    April 18, 2013 at 7:12 am Reply

    It’s beautiful. I love it. And now you get to go out and buy door accessories. ACCESSORIES for everyone and EVERYTHING. 🙂

  • Katherine

    April 18, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

    Love it! You did a great job, what a difference. There are some really fun door knockers out there, have fun picking just the right one.

  • Jaime - Design Milk

    April 18, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

    It’s SO AWESOME! I love it. What a fun color.

  • Wendy

    April 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm Reply

    What a fantastic choice of color! I love it. It will look stunning when the leaves turn this fall.

  • joanna

    April 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply

    his looks so awesome, kelly!

  • Megan

    April 19, 2013 at 9:51 am Reply

    What an easy and inspiring project! I think I know what I’m doing this weekend! Thanks for the tips on what to paint first.

  • rooth

    April 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm Reply

    The door looks GREAT – colour me impressed 🙂

  • CiaoChessa

    April 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    looks great! I love red doors and I’ve also seen blue and even purple. So fun.

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