Question for You

Front porch door
Front porch door

Now that the front door is painted I have to make a decision about painting the side porch door.

The side porch has been painted Sandy Hook Gray. That's me in my paint clothes in the reflection.
The side porch has been painted Sandy Hook Gray. That’s me in my paint clothes in the reflection.

We have painted the shingles Sandy Hook Gray.

A true-to-color photo was difficult to achieve but the paint and stone look great together.
A true-to-color photo was difficult to achieve but the paint and stone look great together.

This color grey complements the variegated shades of the bluestone porch deck very well.

This side of the house gets only the afternoon sun.
This side of the house gets only the afternoon sun.

Now I need to decide what color to paint the side door.

The large porch on the west side of the house is our main entrance.
The large porch on the west side of the house is our main entrance.

This is the entrance by the driveway which we primarily use.

The former kitchen door was painted dark blue except for the window trim.
The former kitchen door was painted dark blue except for the window trim.

Before the renovation our “kitchen” door, which looked exactly like this one, was painted dark blue like the front door.

Conservatory French doors.
Conservatory French doors.

The only other exterior doors are the French doors leading from the conservatory which I have no intention of painting since they are finished in a weatherproof material.  They are white.

The porch needs to be painted.
The porch door needs to be painted.

So what do you think? Blue? White? Grey?

Paint me!
Paint me!

Thanks for your input.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

13 thoughts on “Question for You”

  1. I think I would paint it gray. It seems like blue would interrupt the space and perhaps make the porch look smaller. But the wonderful thing about paint is that if you don’t love it, you can change it! The conservatory trim looks wonderful, by the way.

    1. You’re right about the ease of changing paint. Since the door needs to be primed, I’ll prime it grey and if it’s not flashy enough I’ll give it a coat of blue. Jo

  2. I’d paint both doors blue because you can see both as you approach from the driveway. I like (for myself, anyway) a paint scheme to have consistency. Also, you are going to have a lot of gray once the whole house is painted. An accent color will keep it from being a big gray block. The trim will be white?

    1. We actually have 4 exterior doors if you count the French doors off the master bedroom to the private deck. I don’t want to get involved in painting either of those simply because they have a weatherproof finish and should never need painting. Jo

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