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Enter The Blue Door

Project Number One on the Lake Balboa Bungalow was painting the front door.

The Lake Balboa Bungalow came with a hunter green door and matching wood shingles surrounding the entry way.  The house definitely needs some new stucco and exterior paint – but it was obvious that when they went to sell the home, they gave the shingles and door a brand new coat of ugly green.


It’s dark, heavy, depressing and stiff.

It had to go.

Without a second thought, I knew the front door would be a blue!  A bright, happy, make-your-heart-sing blue!

Picking the blue was serious business.  I first researched blue paints online – narrowing around 50 blues,  ranging from turquoise to aquamarine, down to 10.  At the paint store, I narrowed it down further and selected three colors in sample size.  The doorway and entryway has a deep overhang so the color needed to be a little brighter – it is always going to be in the shade.

When I got home with the three test paints – I could see that one of the colors was just outside the turquoise/aquamarine line – it was more sky blue than I was looking for.  Immediately rejected but reserved for future craft projects.


Peacock or Mediterranean Blue?

The other two were tested, opinions were gathered but it was pretty unanimous which blue made the cut.  The Benjamin Moore Peacock!

The trim around the door was also painted with the dreaded green.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted the trim to match the door (as they had done with the green) or if it should be white.  The trim around the windows is painted white and in general, I prefer white trim.  White frames the colors (like black frames artwork) and allows the colors to stand out.


50 Shingles of Grey

A warm and neutral grey was chosen for the shingles.  It allows the white trim to shine and sets the foundation for the blue door to charm all who enter!