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Monday, December 16, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Spray Paint Your Door

It's been one of those days...

There are so many reasons why you should never spray paint your front door. So, so many.

Let me explain.
I think I am having a mid life crisis.
 That is strange in and of itself because I am only 35 29.
What led to this crisis you may or may not have asked? Well, today I am not pregnant. Again.
After almost 10 months of trying. Yeah, boo-hoo. Everyone has his or her own sob story, I know. Remember I am just trying to give you an insight into my crisis. Had I attended my exercise class today, all of the madness that was to ensue today might have been avoided because I would have got a fix of endorphins. But alas, it is canceled until after Christmas.
So madness ensued.

Since I was not pregnant, I needed a change. I considered making throw pillows for my couch. I have the fabric and have been wanting to do this for some time. But instead I decided to paint the front door.
 I painted it black.
With spray paint.
Why? Because I had black spray paint in my laundry room. Had I had a quart of black chalk paint, there would be no need for this post.

Something I will never be accused of is being a perfectionist. Good enough has always been, well, good enough for me.

I began by taping off my door frame to protect all the places I didn’t want painted. This part of the job went quickly enough. I taped plastic sandwich bags around the hardware and taped computer paper to the small window and called it good.

I began to spray. My three year old helped.
At first I thought, “Hey, this ain’t half bad.”
Then I realized we were standing in a cloud of black mist.

That black mist settled on my white tile floor like a soft blanket of new fallen snow. Maybe a more accurate description would be "like new fallen ash."  It also stands to reason that that gentle mist also covered my nearby carpet and furniture (though I can’t see it.)

I quickly retrieved my Swiffer Mop and Clorox wipes and irritably cleaned the mess.

Then I blew my nose. You guessed it. Black.

But all in all, the door looks good. At least it looks good enough. My friend, Ashley confirmed this for me. Another plus, it took less than 45 minutes. (unless you count cleaning up the black mist- in that case it took 2 hours)
Then other problems arose. Have you read that book, “If you give a mouse a cookie?” Here is my adaptation:

If you spray paint your front door you re going to realize that you also need to paint the trim.

When you paint the trim you are going to realize that you really want new hardware to make your door look just right.

When you get the new hardware you are going to want a new red chevron print throw rug to place in front of the door.

When you get your trendy throw rug you are going to realize that you want to trim your door frame with a fresh cut garland because it is Christmastime and you spent too much time on Pinterest going on virtual “Christmas Home Tours.”

When you remember that it is Christmas, you will remember that you have spent all of your money already and that is why you used the spray paint that just happened to already be in your laundry room.

Once you realize this, you will agree with yourself that for now, simply painting your door black is good enough. You can get to the rest next year.

In summary, if you are going to spray paint your door, take it off the hinges and do it outside. And be prepared to want to make over your whole entryway. And maybe you should just make a pillow instead.

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas,


  1. Thanks for the smile tonight and big buckets of BABY DUST your way. Amazing that I am also 29 *again* this year. ;-)

    1. Thanks, Maria! I will gladly accept the buckets of baby dust;)!

  2. Oh Amy you are so funny! I love your front door! It looks beautiful! I'm sorry about the black dust though. I painted my front door a light teal color, but everyone comments on my "Blue" door instead of "teal!" Anyways, I painted the door and then decided to paint the door frame the same color. I think it turned out okay. I should send you a picture of it! My door used to be black and so it took about 4 to 5 coats of this color to cover the black.

    1. I bet it looks great! My friend painted her door teal and distressed it really good and I LOVED it so much! Do send me a picture.
      I never thought about repainting and how many coats it would take...I hope I like it black for a long while:)

  3. This gave me a great chuckle. .. I am afraid to even tell you the number of these adventures I have had over the years. .. just wait.... this probably won't be the only adventure in lessons learned!

  4. From Grandma Ostler:
    YOU'RE LUCKY THAT'S ALL THAT HAPPENED! Speaking from experience....

    1. Hahaha! Thanks Grams! I am luck all the paint on Raia's feet didn't get tracked onto the carpet!

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    1. Love you too erin. I hope you come out this way again!

  6. Ha--I have a love/hate relationship with spray paint. Sometimes it's awesome and well, you know how it is the other times. But it does look good! I'm sad you guys didn't come up for Thanksgiving...I miss you!

    1. We were sooooooo sad to miss Thanksgiving! It would have been so fun to hang out again! I miss you too!

  7. This is a great post! Thanks for helping me laugh today :) Love the black door too

  8. I thought your black door looked nice when we stopped by. At least you try. I'm too chicken.

    1. Well, now you. Know you can do it! Because I surely didn't do it professionally! It was good to see you! It has been too long!