What can I say, I’m a sucker for RED.

Saturday morning, I woke up and decided to paint the front door.  I kinda envisioned getting it painted that day, but deciding on a color took an entire day.  I have been pinning yellow doors like crazy lately because I think they look so cheerful, but once I got the swatches up, I just wasn’t feeling it.  And then I told Chris, “I know that I want green.”  The top one on the right is called Lemongrass by Behr and I thought it looked great with the gray brick, but I started worrying that it would be lost with all of our green shrubs.  So, I declared once more that I definitely wanted a red door.  Specifically the red right under Lemongrass, Bijou Red.  Red is classic.  Red definitely doesn’t blend in, and if you didn’t know it–I am a total sucker for red.
Earlier this week, you learned that we bought a new door and Monday night I got to work.  I thought I would be done by the time the Bachelorette was over–wrong. 

After two coats, it looked like this, and I settled in for the long haul.  The long haul being 11 coats of high gloss paint in Bijou Red.  And although I got frustrated and shed a few tears along the way, I honestly couldn’t be happier with the results.  Let’s check out some befores and afters:


 What a difference, right?  Gah!  We love it.  And an added bonus that we didn’t even think about was the extra light we gained indoors:

So my advice to anyone with a white/boring/dull front door–why not paint it?  If you are going to use high gloss paint, leave 90 minutes in between coats at least.  If you are itching for a red front door (how could you not?) plan on lots of coats–but also count on a big pay off.

Speaking of pay, this whole project definitely cost more than we anticipated because we bought a new front door, but here’s the rundown just in case you are planning on tackling your own door soon:

Front door: $197
1 quart of high gloss exterior Behr paint in Bijou Red: $12
4 new house numbers: $5.99 each
(these first three items I had a 10% off coupon for–score!)
New doormat: $6.97

Grand total: $200.47 (plus tax)

…and worth every penny in my opinion.  What do YOU think?

33 Comments

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    DoublClik

    Yes, it really says: Designer that knows a thing or two lives here.

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    usgrahams

    That looks great!! We recently went from Forest Green to White and though I’m doubting it’ll be permanent it’s nice having a nice clean (hopefully for a while) door!

    I envy you and your red door!

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    Julia

    Usgrahams,

    I can see how white would be refreshing coming from a dark forest green. Paint is such an easy refresher, it’s hard to get stuck on just one color for too long.

    -Jules

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    Diana Smith

    I love the red! The style of the door is reallllly cute too! You did a great job!

  • It’s super cute!! It’s totally worth it. I, luckily, already had a navy blue door so it only took two coats of the paint+primer. I love your new door!! I would love to replace my door with a door like yours. Time to save my little pennies! Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    Ginger Bradley

    I can tell from the red door that someone cool lives here

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    Julia

    Ginger (aka my mom),

    Well, mom. Chris is MEGA cool. Hahaha. Thanks! I don’t even want to know what the dingy white door made us look like.

    -Jules

  • Oh, and just for fun, I considered Lemongrass for the front door but went with Bijou Red. It’s like we are front-door-paint-pickin’- BFF’s!

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    Julia

    Megan,

    You joke!!! That’s craziness. Door Bffs for life.

    -Jules

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    cheryl

    love it!
    great choice of colour and new door!
    cheryl xox.

  • Reply June 23, 2011

    Stevie Leigh

    That makes such a great difference!

    Cute blog, girl! Love it.

  • Reply June 24, 2011

    Dre

    Sooo beautiful! Totally worth the money!

  • The front door (and numbers and mat) look great! I love the color you chose. It really changes the way your house looks!

  • Reply June 24, 2011

    D-L

    Love it! The funny part is that I saw your post on the Behr site and recognized the door right away!

  • Reply June 24, 2011

    onelittlemustardseed

    Hi, love your door!! Where did you buy such a beautiful door so cheaply??

  • Reply June 24, 2011

    Diapers and Divas

    WOW this looks so great!!! Red is a Bleep to paint….but a tip when going from white to any darker color is to first use a tinted primer. You can even ask the paint dudes to tint it pinkish so the red goes on in fewer coats. I did a buffet in a peacock blue and I also shed those tears when I realized I had to do yet ANOTHER coat. :) I’m DYING to paint my front door…but my HOA won’t let me…wah! I’ll just live vicariously through yours!!Great job!!

    -Lani

  • Reply June 24, 2011

    Chris loves Julia

    One Little Mustard Seed-

    Home Depot! If you click on “Front Door” in the budget break down, it will take you directly to our door. We were floored at the price as well!

    Diapers and Divas (Lani)-

    Thanks for the tip. A tinted primer would have been a life saver. Surprisingly, I only used about 2/3 of a quart–but still. 11 coats is enough to make anyone shed tears, right?

    -Jules

  • Reply June 25, 2011

    The Bookness

    The red door turned out to be amazing. Such a lovely detail to the whole house. Great job.
    Fallen for your blog so I am def following and maybe youll visit me one day too. =)

    thebookness.blogspot.com

  • Reply June 25, 2011

    Ami w/AliLilly

    YAY!!! I said this on the Remodelaholic site and now I can say it here!!!

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! This is fantastic! It makes your home look bright and wonderful! you did a GREAT job! :)

  • Reply June 27, 2011

    Kim @ NewlyWoodwards

    Love the door you chose with the windows up top. The colors is great, too.

    Just popping over from Remodelaholic.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Pamela

    I just found your post from YHL & love your red door! As a side note…the white piano is to die for! Details please. :) Love!!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks Pamela! We are pretty smitten with the piano, too. All of those details you can right here: http://chrislovesjulia.blogspot.com/2011/06/baby-number-2.html

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Nina

    Just stumbled over from YHL and have to say I love the red door. It really pops in the overall exterior shot!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Waseem200846

    Beautiful house…Nice place…All are fantastic.
    Roman shades concord, ca

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Brenda Perez

    I just loved your door and im planning on buying and painting the same one! same color! what kind of brush did you use?

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks so much, Brenda! You are so sweet. I just used a regular 2 inch Purdy brush, but in retrospect, I would recommend a small roller for extra smooth finish and then go over it with a brush. I think that would be a little easier than all that brushing! Hope it helps. I would love to see pictures when you get ‘er done.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Nina

    Just stumbled over from YHL and have to say I love the red door. It really pops in the overall exterior shot!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    MamaMauzi

    You have a new fan from germany….
    I love the red door ,it feels like a bit of alice to wonderland,

    big greetings

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks and welcome aboard! So glad you found us!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Stacy Saathoff

    I LOVE it! Did you use a combination brush/roller? Also, someone told me I have to prime my door…Um, NO! I will not be doing that. WAAAAAAY to much work! The pop of color looks fabulous. Aren’t you glad you did it?!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    I just used straight brush. So glad I did it!!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Leslie Duran

    Your new door would have looked great in any color – but the red is stunning! I linked to your post on my own red door story here: http://cherrybubbins.blogspot.com/2011/09/red-door-adventures.html
    :o)

  • Reply October 7, 2014

    Cathe G.

    I love it….but 11 coats…wow. I am actually thinking of a plum for my front door.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Leave a Reply