Door Drama to a beautiful Christmas door display

Ok, I have whined about it so much, that now to tell the “door drama”, it will probably sound stupid. The wonderful end to this story is that what started out as door drama has a fairytale ending of a beautiful Christmas door display!
“Stupid” drama hasn’t scared you off before.
Apparently, I do stupid well.
So, here goes.
Ok….remember where we started?
Beautiful bones…..but sun damaged and worn out.
So many awesome suggestions and out of all of the sample colors…..red won.
Hands down Charlie Brown.
So, plan #1.
I went for….a similar colored stain, just a tad darker on sidelights and paint the door red.
The columns were to be brown….in the same brown family as the sidelights.
As the painters worked away, I decided to not look at it. I wanted to see the final result.
But then I peeked before they finished and saw this……….
 I know…I know…..it doesn’t look HID-E-OUS….but wait until you see what I’m talking about.
I came outside to get my peek in and I was just standing in the yard and staring at the door.
AND HATED IT.
(I’m sorry for the strong language)
My husband was standing near the garage and “fearfully” watching my face and said….
“Doesn’t it look great?”
My look back….. well, it shut that positive comment up real quick.
I was hoping that the next day, when they painted the columns and did a couple more coats of red….it would start blending………
It didn’t.
The second coats…..
I still hated it.
It was like 7 different colors going on and nobody was from the same color family.
Look……….
Gutter = brownish black
Bricks=Multi colored
Column=Orange brown (in person)
Sidelights=weird stain color that was showing all previous damage
Door=Hooker – lipstick – bright – freaking – red. (no lie)
And my husband thought it looked great.
The painters thought it looked great.
And I was dying.
I took this picture above to explain to my husband why my BP had spiked to stroke level and that I needed to come up with something else.
Plan B.
That would mean more stain….more stain paint AND they were almost finished.
He was 100 percent supportive in me getting it right.
He was 100 percent not wanting to deal with a hysterical wife.
He was 100 percent smart.
So…….I called my painters and said that I did not like it.
She is the sweetest lady and said she understood.
She suggested that we get a piece of vinyl off of the roof of the porch to match the columns and told me that she would come up with some stains to see if I liked those better for the sidelights.
She also said that the additional coat of red should darken the bright look it had.
So….. next day.
Lowes did a great job of matching the vinyl to a solid stain. It looked great.
The painter showed me her samples of stains, which were great….but were not in the same “brown” family.
Everyone acted like I was cuckoo about needing the same “brown” family…..
I decided that “Dark Walnut” was what would work.
My painters were not so sure…..which scared me a tad as well.
I did not originally plan to go so dark.
But once it was on…..it was gorgeous.
Sidelights were looking great.
Columns blended perfectly.
So we were getting there.
My son still hated the red door.
My mother, who loves red, didn’t like the look and I was still not happy.
Therefore….Romeo was still not happy.
It was close but in “real life” the red did not match and wasn’t in the same “color family”.
Don’t I seem precious to work with?
The painters left that night to me with a “fake” smile on my face and Romeo a “scared” smile on his face.
So, after they left, I grabbed the “dark walnut” stain and decided I was going to “glaze” the door with it.
Worst case…..it would look awful and we would have to go back over it with red.
Second worst case, the painters would quit because they were sick of dealing with me.
I took my chances.
I also did it after they left.
If it came out awful, I would act clueless when they came back the next day.
Aha!
I brushed it on in sections.
Wiped it off, then rubbed Minwax paste over the door to take off the excess stain.
Not smart to do in the dark of night.
It was almost impossible to see what I was missing.
It was almost impossible to see what I was doing.
But….it worked.
It warmed the red and gave it the “brown” tones of the sidelights and columns…..
The painters showed up the next day and they were so pleased at how their final coat of red had really warmed up the door.
For real.
They didn’t even notice until I showed them the stain.
And they loved the difference or loved the fact that I loved the difference.
Either way…….I was happy, therefore, everyone else was as well.
All was good with the world……my children moved back in.
Romeo stopped cowering in the corner afraid of what mood I was in and lastly……..
Tonight….my mother said that it is growing on her.
Before……
After
Moral of the story?
Never let a drama queen blog about her door experience.
You’re welcome.
Think the door drama ended with a beautiful Christmas door display?
Love,
Me
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0 thoughts on “Door Drama to a beautiful Christmas door display

  • December 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm
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    Drama or not, it looks great in the end! Your happy, that is what matters!! And if your poor husband didn’t jump ship during the process, well that’s a bonus!! LOL!

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  • December 8, 2011 at 12:03 am
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    It’s gorgeous now …and let me tell you when I saw what you were dealing with , I thought : they have to redo it all , it will never work ! But you did it …and now it’s stunning…I am torn between red and black for my front door: you add a + in my column voting for the red ;-))

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  • December 8, 2011 at 12:19 am
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    I think the most thrilling part is that you fixed it with what you do so well!!! It’s poetic and fitting!! 🙂 And your entry is just beautiful!!

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  • December 8, 2011 at 12:30 am
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    LOVE it!! I think all the drama was worth the end product. I think the house looks so much more alive with the door redo! Glad all is well in the world again! 🙂

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  • December 8, 2011 at 12:58 am
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    Ooh! Love the way it turned out! Of course I am a red fan. Hope the blood pressure is back to normal now!

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  • December 8, 2011 at 1:47 am
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    Love the red, and it looks so great with your wreaths! Also love the fact that you fixed “the problem” yourself!

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  • December 8, 2011 at 3:09 am
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    Love it!! Men just shouldn’t be allowed to work with color sometimes, LOL. I doubt this is true IRL, but in pics, the red door and red poinsettias match! At least on my screen. I’m a big red fan myself.
    Janet
    craftythriftydecoratingwifemom.wordpress.com

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  • December 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm
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    It looks wonderful. You are so creative. Nice to put away the eggshells. If anyone is considering a project like this have the loved ones move out until completed.
    Romeo

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  • December 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm
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    great post I totally understand ! glad you stuck with it and made it yours with the stain that was the right thing to do.

    – KAT –

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  • December 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm
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    It is gorgeous!!! So glad that you are happy with it too.

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  • December 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm
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    I’m new to your blog~love it!! And love the red door!!!

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  • December 12, 2011 at 12:43 am
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    Oh Yeah! This worked out perfectly (eventually)! I am glad you stuck with it until you got what you wanted. Cause really, it is gorgeous!

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  • December 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm
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    Ha! I clicked on the link from The Gunny Sack just to admire the Christmas decorations. But I also love the changes you made. Being happy with it is so important – I’ve stained, stripped, and restained a piece of furniture multiple times until I was happy with it.

    Happy wife, happy life!

    Barb
    http://www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

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  • December 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm
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    I love the new look – it really warms the front of your home up…and it also looks gorgeous with your holiday decor.

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  • December 13, 2011 at 1:54 am
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    YOU are a great story teller. I was laughing out loud as you recounted the door drama. I enjoyed this post so much that I shared it on Facebook. Sorry you had to go through all of that. The end result is gorgeous! The porch looks great all decked out for Christmas.

    Sharon

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  • December 14, 2011 at 3:42 am
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    I’ve had some door drama myself, so can appreciate it myself. As with my kitchen remodel, the end result is so worth it when it’s done, but can be very painful. But you ended up with a beautiful front porch, and a gorgeous door, like it since you “toned” it down. Now it does blend right in. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday’s Best.

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  • November 8, 2012 at 11:47 am
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    It’s absolutely beautiful! And I love that you followed the strategy I always use. If you paint and don’t like it, keep painting until you do! It always works.

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