THE perfect shade of blush has been discovered and I am giddy! Don’t worry, I’ll share all the details later so you too can use this gorgeous color. All credit goes to my hometown True Value store, Knapp and Steiner, for having the perfect shade of blush for my front door refresh.
Front door paint was gifted by Knapp and Steiner True Value. This post does contain affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my blog.
Notice I said blush and not pink. Choosing the right paint color is overwhelming to say the least, so I tried to narrow the choices from the get-go by limiting myself to one brand of paint. I shared my desire of a tan-pink with Staci from the hardware store and she helped me decide on a few options.
Don’t skip this step..
Even though, I am more fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal, I took the swatches home and held them against my house siding and trim. It’s a good thing I did, because the colors on the swatches changed slightly in the natural daylight and when held up against the siding.
I should probably show you a before pic huh…
I didn’t hate this color, I just didn’t love it. It was more on the coral side of pink and a little too warm for my liking.
- perfect shade of blush – Rose Quartz
- brand of paint – East Care Ultra Premium Paint
- source – Knapp and Steiner True Value / True Value partner near you
It’s hard to believe this is the fourth time painting my front door in a five year span after it sat emerald green for nineteen years straight!! Our door was originally finished in car paint, so it had a very shiny appearance. I was intimidated for many years to paint over it, but it wasn’t that hard. Click here to read the process and see the original color.
Prepping the Door for Paint
- wipe down the entire door with light soap and water
- remove hardware like door knockers, etc.
- or, tape around objects like door handle, lock, and kick-plate
- light sanding may be necessary depending on type of previous finish
Make sure it’s a fairly nice day out as you will have the door propped open. I prefer to roll as much of the door as possible. This helps provide even paint application. Then take a brush and fill in the details making sure to blend all brush/roller strokes. Normally, two coats is plenty, but it will depend on color choice and thickness. It really doesn’t take long to dry, but wait several hours before re-attaching the hardware.
Now for my favorite part, decorating! My front door entry is small, so I like to keep things simple. Studio McGee’s new spring outdoor collection included these large basket planters. They are available in two sizes, I chose the larger ones. They are meant to house planters, because they do not have liners to prevent soil from leaking out. The plants inside are called Invincibelle Spirit II Hydrangeas.
- faux eucalyptus wreath – Target
- basket liners – Target
- front door mat – Target
- bottom layer rug – Boutique Rugs – Warranwood Area Rug size 2’6″ x 4′
Above Decor is linked below. I hope you found this post to be helpful and inspiring! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
Author and photos – Martha Knake