What started as a quick project to replace some rotting trim around our garage doors has gone the way of the usual DIY: it has spiraled out of control.
First we replaced the trim around the main garage door. We wanted to use PVC, so it would be low maintenance. We needed 2x6s to replicate the old trim, though, and we couldn’t get those in PVC. So we went with pressure treated lumber.
It’s still aging, unpainted, but we plan to prime it and paint it white later this fall. The old trim was red, but we thought it looked kind of random like that, and called too much attention to how narrow it was. The hope is that the white trim will just blend in.
Next up was the side garage door, which looked kind of a fright.
The red was faded from the sun and no longer matched (if it ever did?) the red of the front door. Probably more relevant, in 5 years here, we’ve never succeeded in opening it. We weren’t sure why it was stuck shut, but it was. Plus, the door frame was rotting, which we initially sought to fix.
It turned out, though, that we couldn’t get the framing out without removing the door too (since it was stuck), and when we got the whole thing out, we discovered that the core of the door was rotting too:
At least it made the decision to replace with a new pre-hung door an easy one.
6-panel was an easy choice, and a step up from the old commercial-looking flat door. But now we were faced with a whole slew of unexpected questions. Door color? Hardware color? Type? Since we could no longer lock and secure our garage, these questions had to be answered right away, and at Lowe’s. No time for online ordering here. (MY BIKE IS IN THE GARAGE, FOLKS.)
Our garage is now secure, with a new 6 panel exterior door, with an oil rubbed bronze Schlage deadbolt and knob set. But the white is SO BORING. Subdivision houses built in the 80’s and 90’s have a predisposition toward lacking character, and so often I think too much plain, functional white vinyl can add to that. White vinyl trim and gutters make sense, white garage doors may too, but white doors just feel lazy! No personality at all.
So now, for the first time in 5 years, we can reach out the door to throw trash out without walking outside. It might be nice in the winter, if we ever remember we changed it!
Since our front door could also use a paint job (and eventually replacement, but let’s start with the gateway drug), we started talking paint colors.
We talked about red, black, white, blues, greens, teals, and so on. Blue was largely out because our next door neighbors’ house has the same siding, same white vinyl trim, similar roof, and mid-blue trim. I like red on the front door, but I didn’t like its randomness on the side door, nor did I like its inevitable clashing with our front yard flowers. Green didn’t do much for us, and neither did black or white. But purple?
I don’t know – maybe?!
(It has been driving me crazy ever since we took the storm door off, how the step doesn’t match the door.)
Of all the purples, the more eggplant hued colors seemed to look the best with the brick. Our favorites so far are the darkest shades of each of the two vertical Sherwin Williams chips resting on the step:
I think I might like the relative warmth of Dewberry compared to Majestic Purple, but I could be swayed. I’ve found a couple examples online of people who have tried each, and it isn’t really helping sway me. Dewberry looks great here, but not as warm as I would have expected. Majestic Purple looks great here too. Incidentally, that siding color is very close to what I’m aiming for when we eventually do that. We may need to do the sample thing to decide.
The third aspect of this project that has surfaced is really only tangentially related. When you spend enough time staring at exterior doors and trim, you start to notice the light fixtures at each door. Ours aren’t pretty. I especially hate the flush mount fixture on the front porch.I picked these out as possibilities for the wall fixtures on the garage (2 front, 1 side):
but I’ve had some trouble finding shallow fixtures for the porch light that I like to coordinate with them. I don’t think we have the vertical space for a pendant, and the flush- and semi-flush mount options are just so unappealing for the most part!The closest I’ve found for the porch is this:which is probably the best one I’ve seen yet, but I’m not 100% sold that it coordinates with the wall fixtures I liked. There are wall fixtures that do coordinate,
but I’m not sure I like them quite as much as my original choice. All of that probably means I need to keep looking, which is frustrating, but on the bright side is cheap thrills.
I guess we can chalk this up, though, to yet another expanding project. Amazing how some rotted trim led to all this. At a minimum, I’d really like to have the doors wrapped up this fall.