I eventually found a dusty old Dr. Spock parenting book in the basement. It had a couple of pages on puberty, and I read them over and over. My friend had one of the “real” puberty books, and I remember sneaking peeks at it when I was over at her place.
The thing was, I wanted the information — it was just too embarrassing to listen to my mom say it. We covered it a bit in school, but I mostly remember everyone blushing and giggling and waiting for it to be over.
Here are the books I mention in the article:
When we moved into our house, the door was royal blue — and it was fine.
A couple of years later, I painted it red and liked it a lot … until I got sick of it.
A few years after that, I painted it — and all the other exterior doors — a nice deep teal.
I wasn’t necessarily sick of the teal, but once we installed our new smart deadbolt, I realized the paint was pretty chipped and needed to be re-done.
I dreaded the task since I remembered how annoying it had been to paint the door those two previous times. I have done it the right way, with primer and special door paint, and it was awful. The paint felt sticky to the touch for ages, so even after a full day I still didn’t feel comfortable closing the door.
Luckily, I read two separate articles from people who used Fusion Mineral Paint* — my go-to indoor furniture paint — on their front doors and it had turned out beautifully. I’d never done any exterior painting with it, but it was certainly worth a shot considering how regularly I use it and love it.
It’s about $27 after tax for a jar of Fusion Mineral Paint and I knew I’d only need one. (Spoiler alert: I only ended up needing half). All I had to do was choose a colour that would look nice with our beige siding while making sure our new aged bronze deadbolt and handleset popped.
After very seriously considering yellow (Prairie Sunset*) and pale blue (Champness*), I settled on a daring shade: Coral*. My handy husband was not a fan of this bright pinky orange, but it made me so happy.
*** Schlage provided me with the hardware for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. ***
Schlage had asked me to try out their Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt* (and Front Entry Handleset with Interior Accent Lever*) which meant we were going to be able to lock our door by pushing a button and unlock our door by entering a code. So cool!
We LOVE the matte black Schlage hardware on our interior doors (we have these ones*), so knowing our front door was going to match = ahhhhhh!
It felt like a holiday when the “beep-beep lock” package from Schlage arrived, and we got started immediately!
There’s also this fun little video I did for Facebook …
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