The Turquoise Door


Remember this door?  The old wood door that used to be the original front door to my house?  From my "I painted my 1930s wood trim" post??



I was going to remove it and replace it with a cool door that I've been packing around forever, but there's this room on Pinterest that keeps popping up and every time I see it I think "oh yeah baby"!!

                    

I adore this entire room...  but I'll settle for the door (I'm still trying to figure out why a stack of towels is necessary in the living room, but heck, I say go for it if it makes you happy!)

So out comes the paint AGAIN!  I think when I'm finally done this house, I am going to take a good, long break from paint.

I washed the door down with TSP and primed it with Zinsser's Cover Stain primer (oil based).  I was so excited to see the aqua, I'm glad it only took 1 hour for the primer to dry before I could start painting!  Love, love, love this colour!!!!





And in case you haven't been following along, here is the room 2 years ago when I first moved in:


So much better now!!!!


And while I had the primer out, I also finished priming the trim in my hallway.  And because I primed the trim, I went ahead and painted the trim & the walls & the ceiling - the hall looks like it was hosed down with my special blend coffee cream paint!!  Well, ok, so I didn't do the ceiling, but it felt like I did!

Hallway Before

 and this shot to show you how YELLOW the hall was before.  Plus the weird trim detail of the doors.

Yes, there's Eloise again, always trying to get in the photos.
Hallway After:

            BEFORE                                        AFTER


Oh and btw, that thing on the floor of the far doorway is Maggie's tail.  I wanted to get that straight before a certain "dust bunnies are the next pet rock"  friend of mine decided to pounce on it as a major money maker...

Hmmmm looking at that kitchen of mine now...  watch out cabinets!  Here I come!

lol - I think I may need a paint intervention.  Or a holiday away from home.  Yeah, a holiday away from home, somewhere with a beach.  Who's in??  We could have a 4-day vacation convention with no rules and no presentations and no formalities, just a "let's all hang out in person" convention.  On a beach.  With fruity drinks.  And cabana boys...

Have a fabulous week!


83 comments:

thistlewoodfarm said...

Anne,

Shhhhh.....I am working really hard to get the monopoly on dust bunnies. I was trying to keep my newest venture under wraps. But after reading your post, I am going to start a new line...."Living Room Towels"! lol!.

Thanks for the inspiration :)

mr

thistlewoodfarm said...

ooops!

I meant "me."

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Love, love, love the door! and the white trim!

It's looking beautiful in there!
--Kaite

Kolein said...

The transformation has me sold! I have a small home surrounded by trees. So, it can be dark. I've been dreaming of the time when I can paint our dark hallway WHITE! It's currently some off-blue color!!

I saw a turquoise door on Pinterest and thought it would look smashing in our kitchen! Yours is BEAUTIFUL! SOLD, again.

I'm so happy there are folks who have to lighten and brighten their homes. It gives me motivation for our home projects!

Towels? Well, there might be a door that leads out to the sauna in that house!! : ) And it could even be a painted door!

xo
~K

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE IT ANNE!!

Cindy said...

Your turquoise door is FABULOUS!!! I LOVE it.
Your hallway looks great, too!!
Those living room towels are hilarious. Perhaps they have large dogs and they have to clean them up when you come in from a rainy run, who know!?
Hugs, Cindy

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Αnne love the new color on the door! It adds so much into the space! And I also like that you dared with the color!

Donna Wilkes said...

I am currently stuck on turquoise for a color pop. You have made your home a serene oasis. (I've wondered about that stack of towels, too. Maybe they have an outside shower!) Followed over from Serenity.

Judy Bigg said...

Good choice on your door color, one of my favorite colors.

Comeca Jones said...

Great choice I love it!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

The door looks fab and I love the color you chose to paint it! The hallway is definitly lighter and cheerful looking!

Karla said...

I love this Anne. The blue is really beautiful. I love your living room now. It looks much happier and bright. I only ever painted to pieces of furniture (a curbside bench and a side table) but I recently painted my first room EVER and now I want to paint everything. Lol. It crazy the change a little paint can do. I have been working to the point of exhaustion this past week and you'd think I'd want a break but all I'm thinking is, I'm doing this and this and this and that next. Lol

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Anne....do not "shut the front door"....it is beautiful!! I love, love the color!....The room is looking magnificent!

Towels?? oh no...don't you know that it is the new "poof" ottoman?....:)

Hope you had a great weekend...I know it was at least productive....

Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family said...

I'm stopping in from the blog hop. I'm following gfc and twitter. I host a weekly link party on Wednesdays and I'd love for you to link up your latest posts. You can find me at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com.

mcvick said...

oh yeah baby! that's fantastic!! makes the room, totally!

myric andreasen said...

Great Job! You've captured your room inspiration. Although I too don't get why those towels had to be in the living room. Oh well, We had a washer inside the bedroom before which I think is weird also.

I think I am getting addicted to painting too! I can't blame you. It's so much fun right?

xoxo
Myric

p.s
I miss you too!!

Bliss said...

Anne, that looks great! You got your door in the color you wanted. Now you just need a stack of white towels in a metal bin so I can ask why you have towels in your living room.

~Bliss~

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a fantastic door!! I also love your wall color. Megan

Revi said...

Lovin' the turquoise door! When are you going to do the towel thing? :)
-Revi

Jenny said...

Your home is beautiful and I love the door...I am your newest follower from the networking blog hop! I would love if you would stop by my blog and if you like what you see follow back :)
Modern Modest Beauty

Meg said...

Wow, the door is gorgeous and the paint in the hall makes such a difference! So light and bright now!

Thanks for sharing on Show Off Saturday!

XO

Tranae said...

looks great. It amazing what a can of paint can do. btw...I'm stopping by from the blog hop. now following

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I've been remiss. Busy pillow-making. And now you've gone ahead and given your living room a major new look? The turquoise door I now adore (and that room inspiration is dreamy. I think I may need to repin that pin too).

And the bookcases from the log cabin are looking oh so shabby chic now.

And I am so very up for a bloggy beach party. Fruity drinks with umbrellas and surf and sand sound perfect. Just not ready to squeeze this bod into a bathing suit ...

:)

Linda

Meeha Meeha said...

Your house keeps getting lighter and lighter, which makes it look bigger and more lovely each day! Now that door is like a dream come true. Too beautiful for words!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh Baby!! You have an oh baby room. That aqua is awesome, the perfect pop of color...and next to your newly painted bookcases, love it!
And thanks for the cat tail/dust bunny clarification. Phew!
Karah

Poppy said...

Wow! what an amazing transformation of the hallway... lighter and brighter, looks awesome!And I adore the aqua door and table.... next o the white bookshelves, they are looking absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful job! Beach vaca sounds like a lovely idea:)Have a nice day!~Poppy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your door looks great that color, Anne! What a money saver paint can wind up being ~ it's much cheaper than buying a new door. Love how your hallway turned out, too.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love it, and I wish you would like it to Cowgirl Up, so I can feature it on my FB page!! Let me know when you link it, and I'll feature it there. I love the page and it all so wonderful. I have some yellow walls that I would love to paint... some day.

Tamsyn said...

Seriously, there is nothing better than a turquoise door. I love it!!!

Swede Dreamer said...

Love the door, Anne!! Fabulous job~Angie

anangloinquebec said...

Anne, it looks fabulous! Do you name that turquoise somewhere....I would love to know the name. Painting it out always works for me! Great job. Hey Anne, I am having a fireplace show off party....have you got one to show off....come on over girl to the party in Québec.

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

It looks so good! The door, The bookcases, and the hall! Win, win, win. Loving the aqua. ENJOY =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne I do prefer the after it looks softer. I love turquiose, I actually where alot of that shade.
Beautiful.
Hugs Rosemary...x

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh, how stunning that door looks now...LOVE IT!!! Thanks for coming by.

Blessings,
Linda

sell my house said...

Design dream is really awesome.It's doors and decoretion is great.thanks for share this.

Calypso In The Country said...

Anne,
I have some painting projects you can do here...LOL! Love how the door turned out! And that hallway actually looks bigger now - so much lighter and brighter! The towels are funny...Have a great day!
-Shelley

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I just love this door, so pretty! Thank you for linking up.
OXXO
Kristin

Ashley said...

Lovely! I have bought a quart of turquoise paint last summer for our future storm door that I never got around to refinishing, haha.

Julie said...

Great job Anne! Love the color. . . I just shared your post on my website and face book pages! :) Found your post at Cowgirl Up! Hope you can visit! That door knob is to die for as well!!!

~Julie

amy of the salvage collection said...

love the bit of brightness you added with the turquoise...and the rest of your work!!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Don't be surprised if you start seeing YOUR aqua door all over Pinterest. It looks so good!

Kathy {Pearls in Paradise} said...

The door is so pretty! It all looks wonderful!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Just love that shade of turquoise--it's gorgeous! And maybe the towels in the picture are because they have a big, wet dog that comes through the living room, and they have to dry the dog off!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love your door and I'm so glad you didn't replace it. The turquoise color really brightens up that corner of the room. Your hallway looks fresh and updated with the new paint. Job well done!

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

Hi, Anne!
Just came over from Coastal Charm party!
I loved your door!!!
And yes, so funny the basket with the towels in the living room... maybe she was doing the laundry?? LOL!
It is not uncommon to have a PLASTIC laundry basket in the living room, lol!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

The power of paint! I love your updated door.

Dee

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Hi Anne! Love the door and the lovely bright hallway. My upstairs hall has been in need of brightening and I'm thinkng it's time to do something about it. Thanks for the inspiration! ~Mary

Miss Gracie's House said...

The door color is awesome! And I love how the hall turned out...paint is our friend, you know...really, the floors look even more gorgeous now without all the competition of the trim!
Rene'
towels-pool, nearby?

Jody and Stan said...

What a creative project. I'm in love with turquoise color.
Job well done!


Jody

Laura @ cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot said...

Hi Anne,

Your blue door looks great. I've been thinking about doing the same thing with my family room door. I just need to find the perfect shade.

And I'm completely in love with glass door knobs.

Have a great week!
Laura

Red Rose Alley said...

Anne,
Oh yes, I love the hallway color after you painted. It looks alot like the color of the walls in my house. There's alot you will be able to do with this color now. Isn't it great what a fresh coat of paint can do?
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Anonymous said...

Love that door! Pure awesomeness :)

Carolyn
{my simple messterpiece}

Jennifer said...

Hi Anne, I love your inspiration shot. I have always, always wanted one of those round mirrors. The other day I saw one in HomeSense, but hesitated and did not buy it. Of course when I went back to get it, it was gone! You snooze, you lose!
I did not notice the towels until you pointed them out. I always keep towels in the coat closet by the front door to dry wet dogs. Perhaps the people in your inspiration shot have a dog?? Otherwise I don't get towels in the living room either!
You did wonderfully with the door and the bookcase. It is a great improvement!

chateau chic said...

Anne,
That door makes the room. It's the cherry on top! Your home is looking so good with all the painting you've been doing.
Mary Alice

Sheila said...

Love your inspiration room. I think the towels are there because it's a beach house and those are there for drying off after a trip to the beach. Just a guess. Anyway, I love your door now. The color just makes the room. Great job on the hall too.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

So pretty! I'm featuring you this weekend! XO, Aimee

Ann said...

What a difference your beautiful paint job made. Lovely.

Shannon said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the aqua door!! I'm so tempted to paint the inside of one of our doors!
Shannon
(www.akadesign.ca)

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

I love your door. I wish I had the guts to paint a door inside our house a color like that, but for some reason, as much as I like paint (obviously) I can't do it! It is a beautiful pop of color in that room! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Your door is a sibling to the door pictured. Great job.
perhaps the towels are there because that is the door to the pool : )

Dee

Meredith and the New Yorkie said...

LOVE your turquoise door! What a difference it makes! We painted the inside of our front door pink, and love how it has transformed the space, but your door is a true gem - such amazing detail with the window - we are so envious!

xoxo,
mk & Gwynnie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the door looks so happy! i LOVE it! our dated kitchen will hopefully get redone next year, and when it does, there will certainly be a fun color on the door. :)

Jenn Gray said...

I am loving this. Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful updates! What a difference! And that pretty door? Love! :)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love this door. The color is beautiful. So smart to use an oil based primer. I see so many people get frustrated with their projects because they should have used an oil based primer...smart chick is what you are. Anyway - this must be a beach house where people pick up a fluffy white towel as they run out the front door before a day of frolicking on the beach....or maybe they put it there to IMAGINE that they have days frolicking on the beach.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I mean doesn't your beach house look just like this....mine does!

Tisha said...

I'm imagining that the inspiration photo was taken while standing in the sunroom that opens up to the pool. Upon entering the house, you grab a towel and head for the back, because that's where the drinks and cabana boys are. Your turquoise door is fabulous, and I love the new white trim. Be sure to let me know when you schedule the getaway!

Thanks for linking up!

Mrs. Handyverger said...

The turquoise door is fantastic! Love it. I'm trying to work up the nerve to paint my front door a fun color. :)

Also, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with cats who insist on being a part of pictures!

Stopping by from 5 Days, 5 Ways Feature Friday Free-For-All! :

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Love the turquoise door! And the hallway is gorgeous! And I am in for the beach getaway - with or without cabana boys ;)

DTTD imagine.design.create said...

Your door looks fantastic in aqua :-) And your hallway looks great too. I can totally relate to your relationship with paint - I don't think there's a surface in out house that I haven't painted at least once!

I'm guessing there's a swimming pool just outside the door in your inspiration room and people grab a towel from that pile on the way out :-)

Kelly

gail wilson said...

Anne--it's hard to believe that is the same door (and the same room!)

love the new color.

your hallway redo is great too.

you've been so busy...
gail

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Beautiful! I love the aqua! You have been a painting machine! The trim and the bookcases look MUCH better and brighter painted white. Isn't it amazing the transformation a little paint can make? Great job on your door. It's gorgeous!

Brandi said...

I love your painted door. That color is amazing. You have such a beautiful home. I love your style.

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

;-) I love the turquoise door! Definitely adds that perfect pop of color. Thank you so much for joining the DIY Talent parade!

Honey at 2805 said...

Love the door plus all the additional painting you did! One slather of paint seems to lead to another and another, etc. Guess that's why my paintbrush hasn't been busy lately!

It all looks wonderful, Anne, and I appreciate you sharing it at Potpourri Friday!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Joining from Stuff and Nonsense party. You've done a great job. I'd love to know details about your floors. You can email me, if convenient. I'm considering wood floors and prefer lighter tones.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

i love love love
that pop of vintage blue
in your space

i'll clearly need
to linger a bit
to see all the elements of inspiration
in your lovely room

thanks for sharing at
Share Your Space!

alison

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

What a pretty pop of color!

Jonie Marie said...

Who knew that painting a door could make such a HUGE difference?! I love the pop of color, and I adore the doorknob. It just all looks incredible. Thanks for linking up to the Point of View link party. I hope you'll join in the fun next month as well!

Leanne said...

That color is beautiful. It just brightens up the whole space.

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Oh I'm so glad you kept that door! I LOVE it in turquoise! The lighter color really makes the beautiful hardware stand out, and it adds a nice pop of color to your living room. Great job!

Debbie

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

And I meant to say I like the hallway so much better too! :)

Amy Ellis said...

Love the interest your turquoise door adds to your room!! Fabulous choice. If it's anything like my home, those towels just made a pit stop when leaving the laundry room while on their way to the bathrooms. The layover can last anywhere from a few hours to when all the towels are used up, in which case the towel basket will just go straight back to the laundry room to start over:)