I actually bought this paint back in April. I think it was April but it might have been last autumn, right before our laundry room flooded and then everything in our house was thrown out into my sewing room / work area to keep it from being destroyed by all the water. And all that stuff sat there for a really long time because once we tore up all of the damaged carpeting and flooring and replaced it, and painted all of the rooms that were damaged, and finally collapsed in exhaustion . . . we didn’t have the time or energy to sort through everything all at once and put it back where it belonged.
Since that time, most everything has been accounted for and either tossed in the trash (why didn’t we do that in the first place?) or sent to the local thrift shop, or put in its proper place so we can find it the next time we are looking for it. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? However, I am currently searching for the file box that holds all of our girls documents, birth certificates, SS cards, passports, adoption documents, and health records. I know it is here somewhere, and that is one thing I’ve guarded with my life most of the past 15 years. But now that Gracie needs that information for her job application, it doesn’t appear to be located in any of the logical places. I know it is here somewhere, but that’s SOMEWHERE. At the minute I have no idea where that might be. We are still looking.
So this past Saturday morning, after months of saying, “I would really like to get the deck door painted this weekend,” and everyone agreeing that it needed to be done, and it should be done this weekend, and there was no reason not to get that job off the family To Do list . . . I got up and put on my work clothes and declared, “Today I am going to paint the deck door.” Off I went to grab that can of paint I bought a while back, thinking that I knew right where I put it so I wouldn’t lose it or forget where it was.
After looking for that can of paint for about an hour, I decided that I wasn’t going to spend all the time I had available for paint searching for the paint – I changed my clothes and went back to the store and bought another can of paint. Now, when I finally find the first can of paint, I do have another door that needs to be painted, but for now, I got the deck door painted! With a lot of help from my little family, of course.
It actually took three coats of the turquoise to cover completely because the door was originally a dark maroon . . . which is the color of the shutters, on our light gray house with white trim. So the dark maroon / burgundy color really was nice, but it was faded from the sun and we just needed something a bit brighter as a focal point for our deck. We added the pretty pergola over the door this summer with a lattice covering which makes it really much nicer than having the sun beating down directly on the door, so the bright turquoise stands out against the white trim and the dark pillars of the pergola.
Once the turquoise paint was finished on the door, I started working on the white trim around the window . . . using a really small artist brush, I managed to get it painted with the edging pretty straight around the outside where the white meets up with the turquoise. That took even more than three coats of paint! When I was just about finished with the door (I was working on it inside, with the door open, because it was SOOOO hot out there in the sun), by husband walked out and closed the door to take a look at it. He opened the door and asked me, “Are you planning to paint this little section out here on the side of the door?” WHAT??? I completely forgot about that section to the left side of the door because I was so focused on the door itself and I was inside the entryway just painting away on a hot afternoon.
Of course, I was NOT going to leave that the old, faded dark maroon / burgundy color, so when the sun went down and it started to cool off a bit (but it was still really humid and miserable) I started painting that little section with my turquoise paint. One coat was all I could get finished because the mosquitoes started attacking me. The next day, in the early afternoon, I managed to finish all of the turquoise and even work on the white trim around the window. It wasn’t until Monday morning when it was finally finished, the whole outside of the door and the little section on the side, along with both windows trimmed out in white.
I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, but now I have to figure out if I can get the kitchen door painted before . . . . 2019! I’ll let you know. Here are some pictures I took with a couple of HUGE mum plants that we picked up on the weekend. They won’t all stay right there in front of the door (“Don’t you think it’s a bit congested right there, Mom?” she said when she got home this afternoon), but for today I wanted so see how pretty it would look with those red and white mums sitting there and the old chair I painted white earlier in the summer. It’s kinda pretty, don’t you think? But I guess I need to make sure there is enough room so people can actually use that door. More work to do I guess.