Friday, May 3

Shut the front door!

As I mentioned earlier, the more I delve into house-building stuff, the more I realize how difficult it's going to be to stay on budget. Don't get me wrong, our budget is plenty big to get everything we have ever dreamed of in our house, but when you start shopping around, you realize that you could easily blow your entire door budget, for example, on a single door! Front doors, specifically, can easily run you $4,000+. Who knew doors could be that expensive?! Or anything for that matter; tile, light fixtures, ranges... the list goes on. Our budget for doors on the entire house is $2,800, so you can see how it would create problems if we decided to get an expensive front door.

If you know anything about me, you know I love to get a good deal. I shop our local KSL classifieds religiously and 90% of the furnishings in our home are bought there. I have been doing the same shopping for our new house! There are certain items that, when used,  lose almost none of their original integrity, but go down considerably in cost- doors are one of those :)

Say hello to our new front door! Don't let the picture fool you, this beauty is 42" wide and a full 8' tall. It's huge! This door was likely over $1,000 new and after a finish coat, it will look brand new again. Can you believe we purchased it for only $50?

I'm still trying to decide if I want to keep the wood grain or paint it. Our home is going to be gray or white hardiboard- similar to one of these two pics:

And I think it would be so fun to do a pop of color on the door. I'm thinking either mint 
green, kelly green or a dusty blue. 

I need your help! What do you think?


Lindsey and Tony said...

Love the dusty blue! I'm so excited for your new door! Just make sure to have a peep hole Crew's size so he learns to always check who is there before running to invite anyone in :). Congrats on the cupcake winning too. I'm so amazed how you find time to do everything!

Edward Axley said...

Most of the homes you show here are of easten costal feel. In the south east painted doors are extremely common, more in particular red and blue. The red color has its origins in Judeo Christian traditions. The concept is similar to that of the children of Israel marking the threshold red to avoid the Angel of Death. The blue color comes from a Haitian tradition that evil spirits are unable to cross water. Both colors were used as a simble of good luck and health.
Ashley and I obviously like red but I have always been partial to a blue/green front door. Subconsciously both feel welcoming to those that visit your house.