Let’s Get it Started

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  July 26, 2013 — 6 Comments

Remember the other day when I told you I’d been inspired by this image:

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On Sutton Place

Well inbetween cooking and studying and baby wrangling I’ve been working little by little on this:

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I spent Wednesday cleaning and taping it (not in that order because where’s the fun in doing things logically?) and yesterday painting whenever I could. Gone are the days of Jack playing peacefully on a blanket while I work so I’ve been limited to when he is sleeping or happily occupied by my Pawpaw. I need to do another coat with a brush, roll probably two coats onto all the flat areas, and then finally tackle the transom up top. We’ve got a busy weekend planned but I’m hoping to get it finished before Monday rolls around.

As for the paint, I’m using some leftover semi-gloss from Jack’s dresser (Olympic Victory Blue). It’s formulated for interiors but since this door is pretty well-protected from the elements by the large covered porch I decided to risk it instead of venturing out to Lowe’s for exterior paint. And since I’m painting over teal instead of a lighter color I think it’ll only take two coats. Isn’t it crazy how green the old color looks next to the navy? I never would have described it as green at all before now. Here’s a before shot for comparison:

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I love it so far even with the crazy blue painter’s tape throwing off my perception of color. I just think navy is so classic and clean. Could it be that my design sensibilities are maturing as I age? Next thing you know I’ll be shopping at Restoration Hardware instead of thrift shops with my fancy self!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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6 responses to Let’s Get it Started

  1. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  2. Despite professing my love for the teal in the previous post, the navy does look pretty sharp so far. I’m sure it will look awesome once you’ve covered all that (yes, it does look very green) teal and peeled away the painter’s tape. Good call, Charlotte!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Thanks!!! I’m definitely patting myself on the back for this one. I love love love the navy.

  3. I think the new color is going to give new life to your porch. It’s so fresh and fun! Our house is currently pink with that exact same green shade on all the doors and trim (we’re stuck in the 80s), and we’re in the process of painting it the opposite of your house…navy blue with yellow doors :)

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Sounds so pretty! It’s so funny that the teal didn’t look green at all until I put that navy up next to it. It’s so funny how colors can change. Please post pictures on your blog!

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