Our front door has looked like this ever since we moved in. The space is very “unfinished,” but the dark blinds have been bothering me for a while. They visually break up the area, making it feel darker and chopped up. That being said, we live in a busy part of DC, so we do need privacy.
I probably purchase tooooooo much from Amazon, but I get same day delivery for free here in DC!!! I also enjoy reading reviews for products… probably too much. My husband still teases me about the time I needed to buy a rubber snake for a Cleopatra costume, and I read hundreds of reviews until I found the “perfect one.” Anyways, the fact that this window film had reviews backing that it LOOKED like frosted glass AND was easily removable (no adhesive glue) sold me. I immediately removed my brown blinds and hoped it would look good.
Oh… I also painted the front door! More on that in a moment. The film was easy to apply, and I love how the door looks without blinds. However, the film does obstruct the amount of light that enters, making it a bit darker during the day. Our back patio door also needed some help. Actually, it needs A LOT of help, and the window film is step one. In the bedroom, I love that it defuses the light. We sleep so much better now.
In other (semi-related) news, I finally bought paint for the house. I’ve been deciding between 200 different shades of white, and then I chose one (Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore), and I waited and waited for a discount. There website frequently has $7 off a can deals, but I haven’t seen one for months. I couldn’t justify spending $50 per gallon, especially when I needed 4-5 gallons, so I researched a similar color in Home Depot’s Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint. It’s much cheaper and has great reviews. I ended up using their Ultra Pure White. I love a bright, clean white in a home, although I know a lot of people prefer warmer, more cozy tones. I love art, so I wanted a color that didn’t compete with my art. I also bought a liter of a semi-gloss “Oops Paint” for $2 and used it on the door. Do other stores have an “Oops Paint” section? I stalk ours frequently, since the prices are incredible. The door color is a salmon color, which I had been considering already. I’d like it to have more of an orange tone like the photo below, but I can’t complain for the price.
I still need to repaint the door frame and beef it up a bit with additional moulding, but I’m happy with these little changes.
Here’s the progress again, just because I love it!