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Turquoise Front Door

When inspiration hits, do you jump on it and act immediately? Or do you dwell on it for days just to make sure you’re making a wise decision?  Well, when this idea hit, it was like someone yelled… 
CHARGE!!!
Just a few short days ago my front door was black.  It was a nice front door…just a little typical and expected.  
The idea came about when my husband’s cousin, Sherryl, asked me to help her choose a turquoise paint color for the front door of her new house.  I told her up front that I liked the idea so much that I just might end up with a turquoise door as well! She did not mind at all that I was going to blatently copy her idea!  Once the idea took root, I just couldn’t get it out of my head!  

Our inspiration was this cabinet Sherryl found at an antique mall.  The booth owner graciously told us the color was Benjamin Moore #2038-30 Aruba Blue.
So, after some serious contemplation (I gave it at least 24 hours), I was off to the paint store for some Sherwin Williams #6941 Nifty Turquoise.
I have to admit after the first coat of paint was on, I was having a bit of painter’s remorse. (Who knew turquoise could be so bright and intense?) But…knowing I was going to glaze the door kept my spirits up and me persevering!
(We used a baby gate to keep our escape-artist dogs in the house while the paint dried.)
I have done quite a bit of glazing, but after several failed attempts to achieve the right results I decided to ask the pros.  I headed over to a local, family owned paint store. (Munger Paint and Wallpaper – if anyone is in the OKC area.)   After listening to my dilemma, the employee suggested these products to create the glaze. I mixed the Modern Masters Extender with the Benjamin Moore paint in a 4 to 1 ratio. 4 parts extender to 1 part paint.

I brushed the glaze on in small areas and then wiped it off to get the look I wanted. Sorry, but I was so intent on this process, I forgot to take pictures!  

Ok, so here’s a very important tip!  When I have left tape on a piece for a few days, even good painter’s tape, I use an exacto knife or blade to cut the tape away from the paint. This keeps the paint from “tearing” away if it hasn’t cured completely.  It is better to be safe than sorry!   (Look how green the turquoise looks in this picture and how blue it looks in the ones below!)  Flash vs no flash!
Here’s an up close view of the glazing.
I guess I can no longer say I have a typical front door!
I love my new front door! And this time, I am so glad I “charged” ahead with an idea.  Sometimes, you just have to trust your instincts and go with it!  It doesn’t always work…oh, but when it does, it’s great!
What about you? When was the last time you “charged” ahead when inspiration hit?  
EDIT: Door is solid wood purchased at General Builders Supply.
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132 thoughts on “Turquoise Front Door

  1. Gypsy Heart

    I just love it! Thanks for sharing the info about the glaze also. I have a bookcase that I’ve wanted to paint turquoise but I’m hesitant…not “charging” ahead. :-) Now, I think I’ll get ‘er done.

  2. Lisa

    Dear Sonya: Your new front door looks fabulous! I love the part in your post where you say the “we” really means the “he” as your husband did the painting. Same goes on in my house – hubby is the muscle behind each project and I like to think of myself as the ‘creative mind’ (lol). Charging ahead sure paid off because your door colour is just perfect!
    Lisa@SuburbanRetreat

  3. Pattie

    I love it! And its so funny you did this post now because I went trash picking last nite and picked up a beautiful old front door and guess what color it was?….turquoise! LOL!
    Thanks for showing us your project.
    Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm

  4. Kim

    Oh, Sonya! Leave it to you to come up with something that is both different and classic. You did a wonderful job, I love that you chose turquoise, it’s a great inspiration. *hugs*

  5. Amanda Dalton

    Ooooo! LOVE IT! It’s funny, I just bought turquoise paint samples while we were in Burlington on Sunday. I’m going to test them out for our latest CL find, a tv console/cabinet. I’ll have to remember this color in case the ones I picked out don’t work!

  6. Cathy~Mille Fleur

    PERFECTION!!! I love it! I love your bravery! I am going to pray if we keep blogging long enough it will rub off on me;)!

    A friend of mine that used to live in our neighborhhod had an antiqued blue door and everyone would stop and ask them about it it was gorgeous…but your turquoise door is waaaayyy better! Your whole entrance is beautiful…plants…wreath…mat and all!

    WONDERFUL!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

  7. La

    Sonya! Your door looks phenomenal! The original door was pretty, but this is so much better. It now has the WOW factor. Great job!

    Like everything in my life, I mull everything over and over and over. La

  8. Beth McAlexander

    I love it. The glazing makes all the difference. (By the way, when you visited our house in NC, did you have withdrawal from seeing no color?) Ha! Maybe we’ll be more bold in the next house…

  9. michaela

    Genius! I don’t care if you got the idea from someone else, your execution is perfection! I was literally not expecting to be so blown away! It is amazing the difference a color can make!

  10. Room Service ~ Decorating 101

    I can not believe I have not thought of glazing a front door, I do this with furniture all the time… It looks better than great. I am not a blue person and I really like it. I am now thinking of other colors that would work for my own door… thanks!!!

  11. Nezzy

    What a way to make your entry pop with welcoming shouts!!! This Ozark farm chick usually ponders over such things until I’m sure. There was once when Farm Boy was out of town I decided to paint the dark panelin’ in our utility room a yellow tinted sand color. I have to say I loved it from the get-go and am so glad I just charged ahead.

    God bless and have a colorful day from the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!!

  12. Marydon

    G’day Sonya ~
    Cathy just sent me over … you have a keen eye for elegant design. I love the flash of colors.

    I am joining you now …
    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  13. Stacey

    Sonya, I just came over from Cathy’s also. :) Your work is amazing! I saw on your profile page that you graduated from UCO. Do you live in Edmond? I do! If you are selling your goods I’d love to know where.

    Stacey
    snskee@aol.com

  14. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    Wow! First of all, I have to say that I did love your front door in its black attire, but this looks fantastic. You are very brave, Sonya! I am guessing the hubby was okay with this. Sheesh, and I feel like I’m climbing Everest just by getting ready to paint my white front door black! : )

  15. Amy Kinser

    That door is WOW gorgeous. I love the color and the glaze is great. I would love to have that beauty on my front porch greeting everyone as they enter.

    Partying with you…

  16. Ashley

    OH MY GOODNESS! I LOVE IT. I have a pretty blue front door too…I might just glaze it now. I LOVE IT. Oh wait, did I already say that? haha. Seriously, my favorite I have seen in a while. P.S. I came over from Shabby Chic Cottage’s Transformation Thursdays.

  17. JB

    Sonya…oh my goodness..I love you and I love your ideas..you are so talented…and I love your front door…what is the color around the trim of the door…? thank you for your inspiration…you made my day! Jill

  18. Melinda

    You are so talented and creative. I love your door! You give me such inspiration but I’m one to sit on an idea and ponder it a while. I may borrow your color or call you for help with mine. Melinda D.

  19. Bonnie@Creative Decorating

    Stopping by from Inspiration Friday! I LOVE this door. I don’t think I could do it but I love how it looks! I am one that tends to think it over for a long while and then all of a sudden I get the charge mode!! Crazy! I was lucky that I painted the inside of our door black!!

  20. kluless

    Your door turned out absolutely perfect! Inspiration like that are the ones that always make you wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner. That door was just MEANT to be that color. Wonderful.

  21. Ginger

    That is just so wonderful! I’ve been thinking about painting my front door for a long time and even have a can of turquoise paint left over from another project. You’ve given me the inspiration! Thank you!

  22. Funky Junk Interiors

    Outstanding! I’ve long thought I wanted something ‘different’ about my front door and felt the secret was glazing for a long while now. And you’ve convinced me it can even be a wild colour. Your door is gorgeous!

    Donna

  23. Janette@Janette's Sage

    Look at your blog go…congratulations!!
    I have just finished painting my front door blue when I stopped by…I love your door!
    I also brought my daughter by to see the shoes and the mirror…oh, I so look forward to this season of my life again…oh, well, for now I will enjoy yours.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  24. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Fabulous! The glazing makes it look almost distressed. Perfect choice to soften the turquoise! And since turquoise is THE color this year, what a great idea for your front door!

    Would love for you to stop by tomorrow and link it up to Passion for Paint!

  25. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Fabulous! The glazing makes it look almost distressed. Perfect choice to soften the turquoise! And since turquoise is THE color this year, what a great idea for your front door!

    Would love for you to stop by tomorrow and link it up to Passion for Paint!

  26. Amy @MaisonDecor

    Your door rocks! And you are so brave, cause the first color is the scary part. I am a bit chicken to do the bright color first when I think about doing anything like this project.

  27. Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME!

    Hi!
    Obviously everyone loves your door!!
    So do I!
    I am over here visiting you from Cathy-Mille Fleur, and I’ll tell you what I told her–I am so glad she shared you with us!
    I have a red door that I love.
    But it’s time for something different.
    I found a teal-grey paint color sample I loved last week, and have been debating and delaying and deciding if I should paint it.
    I will do it now!
    You gave me the courage :)
    Hugs and much grace and many blessings to you as you make your home!
    Hugs,
    ~me

  28. Sarah

    Hi Sonya,
    Your turquoise door is just perfect!
    I just found your blog by accident & I am HOOKED!
    Have hit the follow button & can’t wait to see what other projects you do!
    S. x
    Australia

  29. Sue

    Sonya, This transformation is wonderful! The color and style remind me of growing up in New Mexico and the seeing the use of turquoise for both trim work and doors on those luscious adobe homes. The change is amazing and I love black doors! ~ Sue

  30. Gotham

    the color is so cool and so is your design, i love the way you have done this door and i also admire your courage as you broke the norm and went for something new, even the cabinet looks fabulous, the way you have set it up!!

    x0x0x0 AboutCabinets Blog

  31. shirley

    I absolutely love it! I have been wanting to change my big, old, boring brown door forever. I was thinking of painting it maroon but….Only thing is my house is cream-ish siding. Any suggests amazing lady??

  32. Never Enough Thyme Creations

    Wonderful work!! Still loving this door and so happy to see it shared with so many others!! Hope you found a great sealer for it!! Thanks for stopping by and taking thyme to leave a comment!! I hope you will check back often as I have some great projects in store!!

    Happy Painting and until next Thyme..

    Karen

  33. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey

    I just wanted to stop by and say I had plans for the last year to paint my door {brown} but after seeing this I was inspired to go Turquoise, mine didn’t turn out as fabulous as yours, but I still love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. junkdogdesign

    Well, BEAUTIFUL is about all I can say. As I said before, we have the same color scheme going on inside our homes. I also have a beautiful black door with wrought iron metal twist with fleur-de-lis inside the glass. I love this door, but don’t think I have the courage to do this. Maybe I will think about it awhile. Yours look FABULOUS. Love your blog.
    Thanks, Denise

  35. N.

    This is fabulous! I googled “turquoise front door” because I’m thinking of doing the very same thing, and voila! Your blog was the first page I looked at. Now I’m even more inspired and motivated to do this!

  36. Bella

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT, THANK YOU for sharing it with us new readers again, otherwise I may have never seen this BEAUTY!!!

    Please link this up as well, **AMaze me AUgust** after all this is TRULY AMAZING…..

    Bella :)

  37. Rhonda

    I love your door… and have a feeling I will be copying you soon! I seriously have been wanting a turquoise door, but wasn’t sure how to make it work.
    Questions… do you think this could work on a metal door? Did you paint both sides of your door this color? And did you add the glaze to the trim around your door? (It looks darker than your before picture)…
    Thanks!!

  38. robyn

    I love your door!!! Would you mind posting …or emailing me (robyn@hutts.us) a picture of the whole front of your house? I’ve been trying to get my hubby to let me paint our door turquoise..and he cannot picture it at all! I’d love to see the whole picture to show him! Thanks! :)

  39. InMyOwnStyle

    Hi Sonya-

    What a great look! I think front doors look best when they are a bold color. Your door is beautiful to begin with and now with the color it is just fabulous. I bet you are going to start seeing some similar color doors popping up in your neighborhood.
    My best- Diane

  40. Lindy

    I still love this door. I’m working on a historic building that was donated to a non-profit preservation group I started. We’ll be making it into a book exchange and I’m planning on copying your door. I really want it to make a statement. I’ll have to share a picture when were done!

  41. crystal b.

    Loooove your door, you talented woman you!!!! I have this color all over my house. Everything is turquoise with a glaze. I wish I could do my front door too — but we have homeowner’s association rules. :( I want to know if you made all the drapery treatments in your gallery. They are stunning!

    I would just love having you as a neighbor — we would have a blast. And . . . we could watch Jane Austin movies together!!

    x0

    Crystal B

  42. Tom

    I love it!! This is what I have been looking for! I do have a question though…is the base SW 6841 or BM 2038? Can’t wait to get started!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Stacy D

  43. delightfuleclecticabode.com

    wesome front door! I’ve been looking at pictures of hundreds of front doors trying to decide on a color. I have a red brick house with white trim. I’m thinking about adding a fiberglass dentil molding trim with pilasters around the door. Not sure what accent color on the trim would be good.

    Love your paint color! My front door is a steel door. Is your door wood? Wondering if it’s possible to glaze a steel door?

  44. Amy

    Don’t remember how I arrived at your blog but…glad I did! I’m an Oklahoman too!! LOVE the Turquoise Door! We just built a new home but the hubby would turn inside out if I tried something like this! Let me give it another year or so! I’ll save the link!! :)

  45. tendrplace

    I love it. One of my fav colors. If I only had my own house and someone would teach me to glaze I’d have so much fun (do they make instructions “glazing for dummies?”
    Your door makes me feel ‘happy’

  46. Regina

    I’m so glad I ended up here at your blog.
    I’m sorry but as you told Sherryl, I love this idea so much that I want do the same.
    When we bought our house the door was white. First I painted it dark green, and now it’s light yellow. I’ve been looking for a color to have it painted again since spring, and now I’ve found it – I want my front door turquoise – that’s it!

  47. Graham

    I think you make a great decision. Using this color for your front door is quite fancy. I usually need few days to think about getting it done or not. Kinda wasting time, right?!

  48. citicasita

    Thanks for coming by and commenting. I love your door and the distressing. My door was Paris Blue, then red. The homeowners association told me I had to keep it white. So my plan is to keep it white, alright, but I’m going to distress it and make it look weathered and see what they’ll say to that!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Diddie

  49. aarond

    Love your home and my sister would love the front door. I hope you will stop by my NEW blog and join me to read about life as a farm girl. It’s all about farm life, decorating, cooking, animals, and lots more

  50. Lewis

    Excellent look!! After reading several times I have 3 simple questions: Did you first paint the black door using full strength turquoise? Then, followed with the mixture as stated? If so, how did the brownish-hue develop?

  51. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door

    Yes, Lewis, I painted the black door turquoise. The turquoise is was very intense. The glaze is used to tone down the color and give it age. The mixture you mentioned is the glaze/extender combination. The glaze is what gives it the “brownish hue”.

  52. Lynsey James

    Thank you so much for this inspiration! My formerly red door is now a beautiful turquoise! I’ve got the first coat of glaze on and am thinking it needs at least two more. Do you recall how many glaze coats you did? Thanks again!

    1. Lynsey James

      Thank you for the quick reply! I did one more coat and I think it’s perfect. I spent the better half of the evening just staring at the door, admiring it! Thanks again for the great idea!

  53. cedar tree lane

    Hi, completely LOVE your door! You and hubby did a fab job! Curious about paint choice, why you chose the Nifty color vs the Aruba Blue. Was the Aruba Blue too green? I would like to know your thoughts about the colors before I run out to purchase paint. Thanks so very much. I think my two front doors are going be looking much like yours!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  54. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door

    Cedar Tree Lane…Thank you! I wish I had a specific answer for why I chose the Nifty Turquoise over the Aruba Blue but honestly I just preferred the way the Nifty Turquoise looked from the front of my house. Good luck on your door!

  55. Tracie

    I am so happy that I found your website. I am in the process of painting my doors turquoise right now. I only have the glazing and sealing left to do. I used the Aruba Blue. I cannot wait to tone it down. Right now my house looks like a 1980’s Jazzercize instructor lives here. I hope I inspire my neighbors and we can all have joyously colorful doors. Thanks again for the instructions on how to get this look.

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