Hello there peoples! Peoples? There is more than one of you… right?
As the common expression in my family goes, “Do you want the good news or the bad news”? Well, the good news is, there is no bad news.
John is still on vacation and we are, in general, having a really fairly good time of it. We have now added to the list of things accomplished to include:
*Called Verizon to get them to set us up with land line service.
Hopefully it will be every bit as dynamite as the cell service. It was awesome during the hurricane. They never even lost a tower, I guess. All the circuits were busy a few times, but we always had service. They are supposed to call us back… sometime. My guess is that they were inundated with calls for service after Ike, from Comcast customers that lost service before the hurricane ever got anywhere near us and didn’t get it back until at least 2 weeks later. Oh hell, some still don’t have it. One month later.
* I caulked the edge of the shingles on the back of the house and the garage Thursday. I did the front of the house yesterday evening. I rock.
Here you can see how the shingles don’t stick out far enough past the flashing in places and this is where we are having signs of water…well, not yet damage, but the paint is beginning to bubble so rot is not far way, under the eaves. And this is happening only where we were “short shingled”. Coincidence? I think not! I went ahead and caulked the entire house and garage anyway, just to make sure we got it all.
Now here’s my dilemma:
I want to paint our front door. It is an oak door and it weighs a gazillion pounds. Yeah, yeah, I know! Every guy out there is going to try to die at the thought of painting it, but it needs refinishing or painting really badly and if I am going to go to that much trouble I want it to be a pretty color.
Ideally I would like red, HOWEVER, the damn neighbors across the street, (really very sweet people), beat me to it and their door is so pretty! Especially when her geraniums are in bloom.
See their pictures below? Don’t they have a beautiful yard? Even with the recycle bin still out?
So, I was wondering about, maybe, green? I would really like to know what everyone thinks of this. My house needs some color as it is shades of beige and brown with pasty white brick.
Oh, please note the attractive piece of cardboard in the lower right side of the window in the door. Yeah, gotta get that fixed, too. And I don’t usually have a ladder in the front yard but I was doing the caulking when I stopped and took these pictures. Also, the shutter that is standing on the ground by the post with the house numbers has been replaced on the right side of the window. It blew off during Ike and I ran out during the eye and retrieved before it blew away.
See how dark it is in the itty bitty porch? I am thinking a sagey (this may not be an actual word, yet you know what I mean…), green. So what do YOU think?
Comment by Mither on October 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm
Think of my front porch. Remember when I painted the porch furniture sagey and it just disappeared into the rock? Your brick is about the same color as our rock. I think the same thing would happen only more so because your porch is small. Maybe yellow. Bright. That would be pretty.
Comment by Serendipitous Girl on October 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm
Look at your cute neighborhood! I don’t know, I like a red door myself, who cares if the neighbor has it too! Always go with your first choice, or else you’ll paint the door 10 different shades of various colors trying to find one you like when really you just wanted your first choice. SSG frequently does this … but with food ; )
Comment by Memarie Lane on October 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm
I love me a red door. I agree that yellow would be nice.
Comment by Krissa on October 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm
Well, what about a bit darker shade of green? I mean sagey color, but darker. I just don’t think yellow would be pretty on such a pale, washed out looking house. But, after red, yellow is my fav door color.
I hate to do that to the neighbor across the street. I mean she is RIGHT ACROSS from us. That seems a bit ugly to paint our door the same color as hers… Right?
Comment by Mither on October 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm
BRIGHT yellow. Not washed out.
Comment by Annette on October 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm
I think yellow or gold would be pretty too….but if you like red, go for it! Maybe the neighbors will repaint theirs to avoid being like yours, and you will get to keep yours the way you want it…..you can always tell everyone you had the idea first anyway!
Comment by Mither on October 11, 2008 at 11:46 pm
Red and yellow stripes. Red and yellow and sagey plaid……..Red with yellow stars!!!
Comment by Susan on October 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm
Screw the neighbors…. Paint it red! NOT SAGEY I’m with your mom on that one.
Comment by Krissa on October 12, 2008 at 6:39 pm
You last two were no help at all… But, you knew that didn’t you?
Comment by Tink on October 13, 2008 at 9:07 am
I vote for blue or green. My parents’ have a house a similar color to yours and they painted their door a bright, rich blue. It’s beautiful.
Comment by Krissa on October 13, 2008 at 11:15 am
You know a girlfriend of mine came over yesterday and said the same thing. Blue. I am going to have to get some color swatches!
Comment by Mr. Corvette on October 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm
As you predicted, from a guy, let’s think real hard before we desecrate a beautiful, natural oak door with paint. Plan “A”: Strip and sand the door down to bare wood. Then varnish only, no stain. Voila, a golden yellow door that livens the front of the house. I can’t tell a lot about the details of the door, but you could even strip part of the door and leave some of the fine details darker, thereby having a natural wood work of art. Plan “B”: If you don’t like it, then lightly sand it and paint the damn thing. However, the color choice is obviously blue, somewhere between baby blue and ________ blue. (All I can think of is “metallic” and that is not the term I am looking for. Hey, I’m old, remember?) Of course, painting most of the door a lighter shade and the details darker would also be nice. When you are done with your door, you can come do mine. The house I bought is light grey brick with black shutters and front door. I hate black front doors. Did I say hate? I meant I detest black front doors. Did I say detest? I abhor black front doors. Get the idea?
Comment by Mither on October 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm
All right, for sure and certain, my old friend Mr. Corvette needs a red front door. That will make us all feel much better I am sure.
Comment by Krissa on October 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm
I agree with Mither. You for sure need a red front door.
HEY! How did this get about you getting answers about your front door? THAT WAS SNEAKY! I gotta keep my eye on you!
Comment by Big Hair Envy on October 14, 2008 at 9:56 am
Sorry my friend, I have to admit that I cringed at the thought of painting an oak door! If you can’t stain it a golden honey color, I vote for RED. Who cares about the neighbors? They’ll get over it:) Heehee!
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