Just so you don’t think this blog is all me having big moan since my return, let me show you one of the projects John got up to while I was in the US for eight weeks.
We’ve had a piece of stained glass sitting in a window that looks out into our driveway almost since I snagged for £10 a few years ago. After John built a frame to make it more secure, it has worked well blocking some of the view of the driveway as seen from our kitchen/dining area window.
I’ve been suggesting we get a new front door for the last year as other projects have been completed. John has done an amazing job on our entry way hall leading from the front door to the rest of the house and I’ve added some decorative touches to his remodel. I’ll include some of these changes in another post, but I thought all that work deserved a new front door to guide people into the house that way.
Living in the country, most folks tend to use a side or kitchen door so wellies and other mucky items can be left behind. As both our front and kitchen door are on the same side of the house, I always thought it a bit confusing to folks who had never been to see us before.
I suggested we create a more obvious front door to take showcase the internal changes and clear up any confusion and while I was away, John took the old door apart to made a new one and he used the stained glass piece to make it special.
First he took the old door apart so he could use the frame.
Then he added some tongue and groove wooden pieces and sanded the old frame to match the natural wood.
After first asking if I minded if he could use the stained glass from the kitchen/dining room window, John took it apart to create a lovely inset for the front door. Then he painted it white.
We talked about adding more color and he waited until I came back so we could pick something out together. I thought blue might be nice as we have so many pots in that color and we had some paint left over from another project that John wanted to try.
I painted a little of it on the door and then polled two neighbors who were passing by and both agreed with me that it just wasn’t right. John was fine with it, but then he likes to use what’s on hand while I wanted a deeper blue than the Stiffkey Blue paint we already had.
HomeBase is our closest home supply store and they only had a limited amount of premixed color choices. After realizing that it would cost £32 for a liter of specially mixed paint that I could choose, I went back to the small area of premixed paint and even though the color on the can looked darker than I’d hoped for, I decided to give it a chance. It was less than half the price of the other and just the right amount.
The first coat is still drying, but I am loving it so far. The pot you see in the bottom right was my guide color and it looks as if it’s going to be dead on. The light blue bit is painter’s tape on the side of the door and on the stain glass so ignore that.
The paint is called Oxford Blue and it’s a HomeBase brand.
I’ve never had a blue front door before and it is interesting to see what different colors are supposed to mean and what they say about the people living behind them.
I’d be curious to know what color your front door is and why you chose it.
(Photo credit for the first four images belongs to John Winchurch)
First, let me say, that your door looks magnificent! My front door is all glass; 4 panes of it, set in oiled wood. Years ago I had two kittens that desperately wanted to go outside, and I wanted to try and prevent that. They would lurk behind (then solid) the door, and scoot out lickity split when you unsuspectedly opened it. I bought the glass door so we could see them. About six months later, I gave up and let them start going outside. I love the glass door though, because we live in a shady forest, and it helps let in light.
Well.done.harpers. Bra-vo. I love it!
I like the door. It’s unique. When I bought my house, the front door was black which I consider uninviting. We painted it cranberry to complement the beige clapboards and charcoal grey shutters.
I like it also! Beautiful door! Bravo John…and now, Elizabeth with the paint!
I am so glad you are here again…I check frequently. obscure comments frustrate me!!! but I know you must be circumspect in a small community. You write and live beautifully, keep us in your life!
love the door…but BLUE is my fave colour…I had a red dutch door in my old home…now long gone…but loved it…and my twin who suggested the red…OX
PS So glad to “see” you back, Elizabeth…
Love your door! And the stained glass is beautiful. All our doors are red….an old, Irish family tradition; supposed to keep the bad thoughts and evil spirits away. So glad to see you writing again, Elizabeth. You are very inspirational and a lovely wordsmith.
Blue doors are very welcoming, and I hope yours will welcome many friends as time goes by. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and always enjoy the small visit to England that it gives me. Judy, a friend from Georgia
Hello, Elizabeth, I miss reading your posts, hope all is well.
Hi, Elizabeth, I check in every once in awhile, hoping you are back to posting. Hope all is well!
Miss your writing and your pictures. Are you ever going to blog again?
I’m back Wendy and thank you for checking on me. It’s good to know I was missed.
I’ve always loved the way the English and the Irish seem so proud of their front doors. Reading your description of the process helps me understand how much thought and planning goes into their design and color.
My front door is of beveled glass surrounded by 6 inches of dark stained wood. The house is over 100 years old and so is the door. My husband wanted to replace it years ago with a steel door and that was one time I absolutely said “No.” It gives some light to the foyer and I can see who is coming up my walk, etc. Unless the glass gets broken I would never change it.