Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Doors to Adore/Front Door Welcome
I discovered yet another meme! Today, Kari and Kijsa from Kari and Kijsa and Darlene from Jade Creative are hosting Doors to Adore. This is my contribution.
When I was a young newlywed, I stumbled upon a book from the public library titled Welcome Home and authored by Emilie Barnes. I fell in love with this book! So many creative ideas to make one's house a warm and happy home. One idea that struck me was Emilie's suggestion that you paint your front door a glossy black. In her opinion, glossy black was actually a warm and inviting color that spoke to visitors saying, "Welcome to our home, we are glad you are here!" I never forgot that image and vowed that someday I would have that glossy, black front door.
Fast forward thirteen-years later, my husband and I are living in our present home and I am heavily pregnant with our 2nd child. In a moment of sheer madness (or perhaps intense nesting) I decided that I no longer liked our forest green front door and wanted to paint it a "glossy black". The year that we built the home and moved in, we were experiencing a major heat wave and couldn't put down sod until the cooler fall months arrived. Thus, we lived in a giant dustbowl and, I kid you not, my green front door was invaded by GRASSHOPPERS! They literally ate the painted framework around the sidelights. Opening the front door was quite an experience that summer!
Off to Home Depot I went, 7-months pregnant with toddler in tow, to purchase some paint brushes and a gallon of paint! Did I fail to mention that this was August...in Kansas? Also, I had no idea how challenging of a project this would be...an exterior painter I am not. Needless to say, standing on a wooden dining room chair, in the heat, while supervising a two-year old, did not make for ideal painting conditions, but in the end I was pleased with the effect (just don't examine my front door close up; thank goodness my house sits atop a hill).
Welcome to our home!
View from the street.
Black glossy paint...Home Depot; Springtime wreath...The Flower Petaler of St. Charles, Missouri; Rocking chair...Cracker Barrel; Welcoming front door....priceless!
Hurry up Spring! This front porch is getting "impatient" waiting for impatiens, pansies, and geraniums!