Front door makeover – from varnished to painted

Today I want to share with you a really exciting makeover which took place at our home last week. Some of you will have seen me sharing photos of tester pots on my facebook page, so after all the teasing, it’s time for the reveal, but first a little back story…

When we did the big extension and remodel works of our house two years ago the plan had always been to buy a wooden door and paint it, but the day it was delivered all pristine and fresh, people started telling me it would be a crime to cover up the wood and that we should varnish it instead. So against my better judgement I listened to them and I really shouldn’t have…

front door makeover

Despite the fact we used the second-most expensive weatherproof outdoor varnish we could find the door started to deteriorate really quickly.

Parts of the wood started turning black within months and within two years you could see parts where the varnish had worn off completely, it was quite soul destroying having a house we’d done a load of work on which looked so tatty so quickly. This wasn’t what I expected a brand new door to look like only two years down the line!


So, for the last few months we’ve been debating getting it painted. With Jim only around at weekends and me with my hands full with a baby, we felt we needed to get someone in to do it for us, otherwise there was a real risk our time constraints would mean we’d bodge it up even more.

Fortunately we found a lovely decorator who was able to fit in three half days of work over three separate days and was happy to take the job on. He’s done work for my parents so we knew we were in safe hands. The time between him quoting, us saying yes and him starting work went by alarmingly quickly and one minute it was a theoretical idea, the next we were picking paint colours! On Thursday the week before last he sent me a text to say he could start work the following week and the next day we collected tester pots for colours.

It had originally been our plan to paint the door red, but my lovely creative friend Robyn who blogs at The Little Woman Pretends suggested we try teal or mustard. The tester pots were a disaster! Nothing like the colours on the Dulux chart and I started to panic! On the Saturday I had a school reunion and sharing my paint woes, a friend suggested we try Little Greene. The upshot of which was that I ended up leaving the reunion early to drive to Brewers to get a colour chart and three tester pots before they closed at 5pm!


I came home with three pots, Turquoise Blue, Marine Blue and Celestial Blue. The latter was way to pale and looked almost white so we were down to two choices. As always I had been collecting images on a Pinterest board to help with my decision making and as I started to narrow down the colours we liked, two photos in particular became a big influence…


The darker teal on the left is from Christina at and the paler one comes from the RC Wiley blog. In the end Christina’s lovely Canadian home swayed us and we decided to go for Marine Blue. I am so happy by how great the result looks…


To keep costs down we had been planning to keep the inside of the door varnished, but the outside looks so good I think an interior makoever is next on our list. We’ll do the frame white again, but the inside of the door will be painted in the Little Greene Turquoise Blue that was our second choice.

Our makeover of the front of our house isn’t quite complete. You may have noticed that the path that leads to it is in a terrible state, so we are plotting some DIY work for  when Jim is on leave, which may involve completing the deck area under our veranda and/or laying a gravel path to the door.

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