Decor Fail: Orange Doorway


Just keeping things real around here this week. We are now proud owners of the most boring door on the block.



Just after Chris left for Phoenix with the kiddos, I set off to do some much-wanted home improvements. I planned to paint the entire basement (didn’t quite happen) and paint the front door a new cheery color. Our previously blue door was alright, but fading. And not really¬†my¬†color. I wanted to do something different. Orange!


I wanted a pumpkin spice color (like in our master bedroom). But I ran into a few problems.

  • I was painting over the blue door with a complimentary color
  • I happened to purchase the worst (they boasted to be the best) semi-transparent paint
  • What I thought was going to be pumpkin spice orange, ended up being construction cone orange

Yes. The paint glowed. Like a hot flare in the middle of an ocean of bandaid tan.

I realized this issue halfway through layer number two, at 5:30pm Saturday night. F-A-I-L. I had originally bought the paint from a local paint shop, but since it was after hours I booked it to the nearest Home Depot to see if the “inferior” Behr could remedy the problem before Sunday Morning. It did all right, that Behr Ultra covered up my day-glo door in about a layer and a half.


Behr Ultra: 1, Kwal Ambassador: 0


Halloween came a little early around our house.

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    1. phil says:

      orange was a very cool idea !!!!!!!!

    2. Riki says:

      I had the very same experience a month ago. I chose what I though would be a cool
      Orange for my front door. What I got instead was day-glo sherbet barf. It. Was. Terrible.

      I have subsequently learned that colours look much brighter outside thanks to reflected light. Lesson learned the hard way. My door is now a cheerful golden yellow that looks dingy on the paint strip but is actually perfect on the exterior of the house.

    3. Nan says:

      OMG, I was laughing so hard when I read your post. I am glad you were able to fix it. With my luck, I would not be able to find a replacement paint for the next few days and my neighbors would ask me every time I see them why I would do such a thing.

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