Front door makeover with Valspar

Our front door is original and is as old as the house, circa 1928. So it has seen a few different guises and licks of paint.

We (my husband) stripped the door for a gunky painted racing green, down to a burgundy and then what looked like a white.valspar door makeover

We’ve been wanting to update the door for a while but I was being very indecisive about what colour to use. I originally wanted a red, post box red, front door. But the red swatches I liked just didn’t work on the door.

I think this was for a couple of reasons. One is that the door faces North and doesn’t get a lot of sun (we have a porch too which cuts down the light even more) and I think red, or a least the reds I was looking at, need light to really Pop.

The other reason the reds weren’t working is that there is some stained glass in the door, non of which is red. In fact it is the Suffragettes colours of Purple, Green and White (or clear glass in this case).

Perhaps the makers of the door were supporters of the Suffragettes- perhaps its no coincidence that in 1928 (my house’s birth date) woman were finally granted the right to vote on the same terms as men.

Whatever the history behind this stained glass we decided to run with a shade of purple.

Valspar was our saviour when choosing as the have so many shades- we collected some swatches that we liked and stuck them to the front door to see what worked.valspar test paint cards

We eventually narrowed in down to Cloak Of Midnight, which sounds suitably Gothic for our tastes but is actually a blue purple. Its a similar shade to a favorite coat of mine which also made it feel right for us.

Valspar also supplied us with an undercoat which was made for us specifically to work with the paint colour we had chosen. It was a grey and foolishly I forgot to take any photos of this but it gave a really smooth finish for the purple paint to go on to.purple painted front door with valsparWhat do you think? I’ve made a wreath for the first time this year too! The berries from my neighbours Callicarpa bush go perfectly with the purple door!

Would you have a purple front door?

We were supplied with paint of our choice to complete this project and share it here with you.
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  1. December 17, 2015 / 9:33 am

    I really like your new door. Great colour choice. I would definitely have a purple front door, looks very regal!

    • Susie
      December 17, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      Ah thanks Stacey!! I love that you think it looks regal!! I do too- have a lovely day xx

  2. December 18, 2015 / 9:28 am

    It’s a really beautiful choice – so unusual but works perfectly with the stained glass and I quite like the idea that it was perhaps a home that was celebrating a woman’s right to vote! Yes! 😀 xx

    • Susie
      December 18, 2015 / 1:31 pm

      Aw thanks Kimberly! Yes you cant come in unless you’re a feminist!

  3. December 18, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Oh wow – it looks amazing!

    • Susie
      December 18, 2015 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks Natasha! Have a lovely weekend xx

  4. Innocent Charms Chats
    January 11, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    It looks amazing, what a welcoming entrance xx