Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sounded good at the time....

Ever since we finished our Everything Room, I've loved the aqua blue desk. I think it keeps the room from being boring since the rest is on the neutral side.

We knew we wanted to replace our back door. Not only was it ugly but it was beginning to rot at the bottom and we could see light through.



So we installed this beautiful 10 light wood door and then I painted it blue to match the computer desk I loved so much. So.....what do you think? I think I hate it.....

My goal was to bring in another touch of the aqua but it seems too much. I antiqued the desk but not the door. So I'm wondering if I should try that and see if I'm happier with it. As of right now I'm thisclose to taking some white semi-gloss to it.


Give me your honest opinions, I can take it. Right now I'm ready to file this under "Sounded like a good idea at the time but turned into a decorating disaster" folder.

86 comments:

Twice Remembered said...

Hi, Michelle! Well, I think I'm going to make the decision harder for you by telling you that I really love the blue door {the color and the style!}! I think it adds a touch of color to the room and it's such a pretty shade. I would try antiquing it first to see if you like it any better, but if you still don't like it, then you can always change it. I'm struggling, too, with the french doors in my kitchen - I don't know if I want to leave them white or paint them red! I feel for you!

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Christina said...

I agree, the blue door looks wonderful! I love that color though, but if your not happy with it try to antique it a bit.

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

Black. Fo shizzle. Let the desk have it's solo ;)

Kelli said...

I love the color. I agree that antiquing it may give you what you're looking for!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I guess I am the one with a totally different opinion. I would paint it white like the trim. I love the aqua desk, but I would just bring in accessories in very small doses of the aqua elsewhere in the room. My opinion is that the desk is a focal point and the door distracts from it. Just my opinion. I love the room. Hugs, Marty

2browneyedbeauties said...

Keep the door as is, just antique it like the desk. I love, love the color! This is my opinion of course, you are the one that has to be happy with it.:)

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Thank you, Marty! Great minds think alike.

Darlene said...

I'm going with Marty on this one. I say since you have already painted it though try the antiquing and then make a decision.♥

Nancy said...

It's really hard to tell without standing right there in the room (can I come over for coffee? ;)) But from the picture, I say keep it! It's an added pop of color and aqua looks so good in that room. I suggest antiquing it like the desk to see how you like it. But it really looks great. In the end, you have to go with your gut, though. It's your home and you have to be happy with it.

Nancy

Jamie said...

I love the aqua on the door. A door as nice as that one deserves to stand out!
That is such a great room!

Chari said...

Hi Michelle...

Well my friend, I just adore your new "everything room"! It has a wonderful feel to it...and that little aqua desk is fabulous!!!

It's really hard for me to give an opinion simply based on seeing only the door in the photo! I'm with Nancy, can I come over for coffee? Hehe! I love the aqua color of the door though...it's unique and I like that! I think that antiquing the door like you did with your desk might be the next step? Then if you're still not loving it...change the color! Hmmm...but I do like the aqua...beautiful color!!! Wishing you the best with your design decisions...have fun, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

southerninspiration said...

Well, I"m with Marty and Darlene...try antiquing it to see if that satisfies you, but if not, paint it white like the trim and hang wreath or door basket painted aqua, or just accessorize more with the aqua.....love the color, just not on the door. I think it needs to match the trim....jmho...

Suzanne

Stacey said...

I love it! My idea would be to add a third piece of the blue somewhere in the room. They always say odds are more pleasing to the eye. Not that I know...

Eileen said...

Try antiquing it first. If you don't love it, then go for the white.
In my opinion, something about all the panes of glass gives the door more of a garden door feel or french door feel, and I think those look better when more neutral. Maybe if your back door was more like your old door the blue would look like it fits in more.
I can't put my finger on it, but there is something odd-looking about that color on the door and yet it looks so much at home on the desk!
Good luck!
All the best,
Eileen

Jen Kershner said...

You want my honest opinion? Put down that paint brush right this instant Missy! Back away from the gorgeous aqua door and go find something else to paint. And since you won't be busy painting maybe you'll have time to share that paint color with me? Pretty please? Jen

Anonymous said...

I like it! Maybe you could live with it awhile longer and see if you REALLY want to change it? I would add a pillow in that tone
or same color to bring it around the room. Of course I do not live there but I would love to have that room to relax in since I seem to like all of it.
Thanks, JolieAnne

Helen said...

I vote with Marty and Darlene too ... if you don't like it antiqued, you can go for a different color. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Cathy said...

Oh...I just love the blue door!!! I would antique it to match the desk...the only change I would make.

A truly lovely room!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Jill said...

I just love your room, but I really think you should paint the door black. Don't you think? :)
-Jill

beth said...

Well, I myself would paint it white. I had the same problem with a piece of furniture that I painted recently. First I decided to paint it about the same color that your door is now, for the same reason you had, to add some color to the room. But when it was done, I thought it was just too much. So I painted it white. Ahhh, much better. But then I really like the look of white painted furniture and cabinets. I had the same problem in a bathroom where I started out painting the cabinets a blue grey color. They're white now. So I know how you feel. My advice would be that if you really don't like the blue now, you probably never will really like it. You may "get used to it", but you might not ever really like it. So I'd say go ahead and paint it white and see if it makes you feel better. Good luck. :)

Lee Laurie said...

I like it the color that you painted it. Maybe when you antique it, it will look better to you. That is a beautiful door! I love your 'everything' room too.

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

I love love love it!!!

tara said...

I think you are crazy to not like it! I LOVE it...try antiquing it before you decide...leave it for a couple days and maybe it will grow on you!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Yikes! I love the blue door, but then again I painted the inside of my front door black, and kept the trim white. I love how the blue, and my black, pop a bit. Not boring and not over the top. It is an interesting door with the ten lights and the colour goes with that in my opinion. I especially like the change of hardware. But, it is your door and you have to live with it as others have stated.If you go black, I strongly suggest just the door, not the trim. Keep the trim white (I learned this lesson).

Christina said...

I think I love it. The color looks fabulous. It is hard though if you don't love something to live with it. MMmmm, but it is really beautiful. Maybe like many others have said, try to antique it.

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

I'd paint it white and let the desk be center of attention as you intended. You could always hang a cool wreath of dried neutrals on the door and hang it with a blue ribbon to tie in the desk. That way the blue is carried around but not so in your face as it is on the door. Love the room - very calming.
tammy

Laurie said...

I think the aqua door is superb. :) It's cheery and the light might make the aqua less aqua when it's sunny outside. who knows, but i think it's fab.

the best part is if it does start to annoy you (more than it is right now), you can always paint over it! :)

I think your Everything Room is lovely.

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I vote white, but I'm going through a white obsession which is on the heels of my chic black obsession. :-)

Kristen said...

I like the aqua. II'd keep it.

Rue said...

Hi Michelle :)

....Hmmm..... Personally I like it. I think you should leave it be (if you haven't already painted it) and come back to it. Sometimes it takes a week or more to decide. Our front door sat the way it came for almost a month before I went to paint it and I ended up keeping the aqua. So, I say live with it for a while :)

xo,
rue

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I love the blue door as well!

Chris said...

Are you freakin' kidding me , I LOVE this hit of aqua , do not touch it , live with it , let it grow on you , beacuse it is new and blue it is all you are looking at , let it be for now , I think you can see we all like and love it as is , antique if you like , but it is great .
Chris
Just Beachy

- Sarah :-) said...

Well, I would NOT call it a disaster, but I don't know if I like it, either.

It's really nice, don't get me wrong - I love the color, love the door itself, but it's hard for me to picture the whole room together.

I would bet money, though, that it adds a bit more balance to the room. I say keep it... leave it for a month, then decide. :-)

And disterssing it may add to it - give it a shot!

JobandBrittany said...

love it blue! don't change it. :)

Andrea said...

I.LOVE.that.door! Of course, I am partial to color on interior doors. But I definitely vote for keeping it!

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

I think I like it...but I am partial to painted doors. I've only ever had red and black ones, but the Tiffany blue is really pretty.

Let it grow on you for a little while. I always second guess my dramatic decorating decisions and end up liking them later. What I regret more is being boring and wishing I added color...

Try the antiquing and see how you feel. Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed because the door and the color are new?

Just my two cents! :)

Anonymous said...

I agree leave it blue for a bit, go ahead and antique it, I think it would go better with the desk that way because it would tone down the blue some. How about some curtains? Are you going to put anything sheer on the door? That may help too.
Patty in Erie, PA

Robin said...

Oh, please keep it. Add the same effect as the desk if you think it would help you like it better. I just love it. Love that it stands out in the room, Love the pop of color. Simple put I think its perfect.

Kristin and Rob said...

I think it looks fine from what I can see in the picture, and the glass breaks it up. If it was a solid door, then I think it might be too much. Live with it for a few days before you do any more work to it, but I think it looks really cute! :)

Amy said...

I say go back to white, but add a blue bit of whimsy to it....a little painted design around the knob and lock, perhaps?

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I think it looks great ..really! What I think is that you are not use to it and in a bit of shock. Live with it for a day or two more and see if it grows on ya. If not no worries...paints cheap~ Good luck!

a little bit vintage said...

I LOVE the blue door, Michelle! :) I think if you distressed it a bit and maybe replaced the handle with a faux glass one you'd like it more. ;)

Smiles,
Rachel

Jacey @ Trash2MyTreasure said...

I ABSOLUTELY ♥ THE BLUE DOOR! IT'S A PERFECT ACCENT TO THE DESK. YOU SHOULD DEFINITLY KEEP IT :)

Anna said...

I honestly love the door and the color you painted it!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

I kind of like how the blue desk just pops. What if you tried a different color like a muted red. I love red and aqua together. Then it wouldn't be too matchy-matchy. I'm not sure there is a wrong answer here. Just depends on what you are going for.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

It looks like the sort of color of door that I would love at your house and hate at mine - that's the way I am though. I do love what you lovely home looks like and I know you have excellent taste -- you'll have to update us on what you do here.

Megan said...

honestly i love the aqua door! it brings balance to the room. i vote keep it.

St. Michael's Wife said...

I love the blue, too! Antique it, live with it, and then decide. If you still don't like it, try black! Love the room, though!

Adrienne said...

oh my gosh, my thought was the same as "st. michael's wife". LOL! I really like the blue door, but think it should be antiqued. black is always good too :)

Trudi said...

I love it! Please keep it. It's a great punch of color. Live with it for awhile.

saraonyx said...

I love the door! I do think antiquing it would be a good idea though. I love the beige color on your walls. Would you possibly share what color that is and by who? Thanks so much:) Sara
sara_chad14171@yahoo.com

carolinajewel said...

I would keep the aqua but antique it like the desk. JMHO :D Jewel

Cela said...

Go black!

sally from the valley said...

i agree with a "little bit of vintage"....keep the blue, antique it & head to hobby lobby to check out their cool hardware! plus you have the blue pillow on the sofa that ties the blue into the room even more!

Ronda said...

Hi Michelle! I really like your door,is it old?Anyway,I would probably go with a neutral but then shop for some awesome fabric to make a topper that would compliment the blue desk.I liked the fabric you where considering for a rocker in your livingroom.

Wendy said...

I think white. I liked the idea about adding matching fabric.

june@craftyniche said...

Decisions, decisions! I think maybe wait a few days to see if continues to grow on you...My steel doors are gonna get a fresh coat of white one day!

House Elf said...

I would file it under your "sounded good at the time" lol
I think it distracts from the desk, and is too much aqua. I vote for white.This would allow the outside to be more of a 'view' and adding small touches of the aqua into the room would be nice without going too far into a 'theme' or being 'match-y'. Best of luck on your next step!

Tootsie said...

I think the aqua does not do the beautiful door justice...it robs from the pretty windows...go for the cream color....maybe listen to twice remembered if you aren't afraid of a little extra work...but I still think that you should showcase the windows...not the color!
it is a beautiful door!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

So how ya feeling about that door today?

Lorie said...

It definitely doesn't have the same effect as the desk. I vote to try black! You have enough black accent in the room that I think it might work!

Maybe instead of going through the hassle of actually painting it, get a long strip of black butcher paper, cut out the squares to let the light of the window through and hang it over the door for a day.

The room is gorgeous though!

Amber said...

When I first saw that photo, I thought "wow that looks really great!" So I guess I would keep it as is, maybe distress it a little. See if it grows on you before you paint it again!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

I like it blue (;
Hugs~Kelly

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I say antique it and then if you don't love it paint it white. I personally love the combo of it with the desk. Good luck!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Can you e-mail me-I have a question for you.

Cheri
cheri.peoples@live.com

LuLu said...

Michelle, I love the color. but i definitely think antiquing it to soften the look before you take it white!
your room is gorgeous whatever you decide,
LuLu

Stefanie said...

I LOVE IT!!!! But we may not have the best view. Can you take a pic that shows more and we might be able to see what you are seeing. But from what I can see I LOVE IT! :) I am so in love with this room and the splashes of aqua. I have been inspired and started doing it around my home. What color brand did you use anyways?

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi, just found your blog and I must say I love the door. Would love to know what you decide. Keep us posted!

Rooster Coop said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog, but I love what you've done. From one person who paints things and "hates it" to another, I think you should trust your first impression. You probably won't like it better if you antique it. I would try adding your cute blue in tinier doses, and like someone earlier said, let the desk have the limelight. I think a tiny wreath hung with a blue ribbon, or even adding a blue detail to your lampshade would probably do the trick. Hopefully you find this helpful. Love the room. :)

CINNIBONBON said...

nOOoOOOO --- Leave the door blue-I LOVE IT!!!! I think all it needs is a handsome wreath. Perfect! I love your style so much..very nice.

Honey Bend Vintage said...

I love love the door! I so want to replace my front door, but I keep getting stopped by hubby. When we bought the house it was brand new. But not so cute. I keep wanting to paint it but I can't decisde on a color. I love your door on display in the everything room. In our old house we had a door just like that I painted red and oh so loved it. When we moved I drove past the house and the owners put an ugly new door up. I was so sad I totally would have taken the door with me.
Bristol

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I love the blue door too! It doesn't look too much in the picture... maybe it looks brighter in person. If you think it's too bright try to antique it. Or maybe put some shears over the window to tone it down.

PS - Thanks for leaving such a kind comment on my blog regarding my father-in-laws passing. It was so very sweet of you.

Alicia said...

I love the door! I also love the desk! My two cents would be to leave it for a couple more days and see how it feels everytime you walk in. Great Color!

Jeanneoli said...

Oh, I absolutely love it!!! LOVE it! I hope you keep it but maybe antiquing it would make you like it more.

Debbie said...

From the picture, it looks great. Standing in the room may be different for you. You will know when its right, just keep trying till you get exactly what you want. Debbie

Marie said...

Hello Michelle - well, you know how much I adore that aqua since I am a copy cat and painted my desk the same shade as yours! I ended up painting Emma's desk the same too and it added more color to the room which I like. So...I say keep the aqua door and maybe do a 3rd item in the room too like Stacey's suggested. Can't wait to see what you decide!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Amber B. said...

I love it blue. Wait a little while and see how you feel. Sometimes when I do something decor-wise that is new, I am unsettled at first. You can always change it later!

Cote de Texas said...

i love the blue door. absolutely adore it blue!

Anonymous said...

i think you need to find something else to worry about...the color of a door pales (no pun intended) to in comparison to what you could be putting your efforts towards...teach your children that there is more in life than decorating our homes...volunteer, give back, find a bigger purpose PLEASE!

Jennifer said...

I'm new to your blog.I love the aqua color of the door.Jennifer

Its So Very Cheri said...

Oh Mr Google is up to his old games again and I can't see your aqua door. I can see the other 2 pictures but not the one you are asking for an opinion in-
I'll come back later.

Cheri

Love the Decor! said...

Just found your delightful blog!! Looking forward to following you! Pop over for a visit sometime would love to have you :)

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Michelle,
I do like it! Beautiful color! :)

erin said...

I really like the blue door. I think it's gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Love it as is!! But, if you hate it, don't paint it white, please! Paint it black if you just can't stand it.