Red-y, Set… Paint!

Check this bad boy out.


Doesn’t it seem like those buggy green eyes can look into your soul? Creep-ay!

We found the little booger in our backyard this afternoon. AND my camera had just enough battery power to snap a few photos. 10 points for me. Then.. dead. Not the bug. The battery.

We’re finishing up the laundry room now! Can you believe it’s taken us a month and a half to get to this point? However, to our defense – we’ve pulled out the old linoleum, laid new backer board, tiled the floor, grouted, replaced plumbing, hung new drywall, spackled, painted the room, moved outlets, hung new cabinets, installed a new sink, painted and hung new baseboards, window trim, and quarter round… caulked… and started to replace the light. We still need to finish up the light (waiting for spackling to dry on the ceiling), paint the ceiling (of course we pulled off the old light and the ceiling was completely discolored) and hang the pantry shelves.

I’d say that we’re 90% finished. Can I get a hoorah? Anyone? Anyone?

While we were in between coats of paint upstairs in the laundry room, we got a little side tracked. Yeah.. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but we all of the sudden decided to paint the door that leads into our garage. Completely random.

The feeling just hit. Ever have that problem? You know.. where you’re not sure if you can make it to the bathroom in time. Messy. No… that’s not what we were talking about, was it? A.W.K.W.A.R.D.

So, we pulled down the soon-to-no-longer-be-white door and got our paint on.


Any guesses on the color?

Maybe this will help.


We decided to use an oil-based paint made for doors. Having a smooth, glossy finish was important to us and we really didn’t want streaks in the paint. The paint was chilled from being in our garage over a chilly night and was hard to work with at first. Super tacky. It was also super, super STINKY.

Another thing – every coat needed 24 hours to sit between each application. So, let’s bust out our calculators here. We did two coats on each side of the door… and there are two sides of the door, right? Yep, we were sans door for four days. Thankfully, our garage is very secure so we weren’t worried about our safety since that door wasn’t locked. And… well, we survived so there’s a good ending to that story. I can imagine the newspaper headlines if we had died though… “Couple dies during a breaking and entering. Suspect was seen being led into the house by the family’s dogs. No fingerprints were found… as there was no door.”


OH! While the door was down we also painted the trim a nice, crisp bright white. There’s something sexy fancy about white trim. Not off-white. White, white. And after braving the elements our garage and a stinky paint-smelling basement, for four days our door was ready to be hung! Hallelujah.

Sneak preview:


Here’s the only picture I could find of the old white door from the inside of the basement. Obviously, this picture never made it onto the blog as the people were cut completely out of the picture.


That’s a high quality picture right there, folks. Sorry I was holding out on you for so long.

And for the after….


BOOM! (there goes the dynamite)

We love how it plays off our red “Life needs more green lights” painting — which can also be seen on the TV show, Psych (random trivia fact, for ya).


Don’t you love how the puppies are modeling the door? Me too.

As you can imagine, we’ll be filling the basement with little pops of red over the next couple of months/years. No hurry. But.. we’re excited. Because… we’re cool like that, and get worked up about little red accents. Don’t worry about it. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it (thanks, Washington Post).

Before I forget, here’s what the door looks like from the inside of the garage.


Very fire truck-esque, no?

Anyone else paint an interior door color something crazy? See any praying mantis lately? Have you ever worked with stinky oil-based paint? No paint interest? No worries! Tell me about your weekend then! Any crazy doggie play dates with six golden retrievers? That was probably just us. Oh well.

12 thoughts on “Red-y, Set… Paint!

    • Love the nickname! We had a big spider that hung out by our front door last year and I named her Big Bertha. She didn’t survive that random hurricane that came through MD though, I was so sad when she was gone!

  1. I love the pop of red! I think with more bits of red scattered around down there will look awesome! 🙂
    When I was a kid in Georgia, I had a family of praying mantises on my window every fall. It was so cool to watch all the little babies!

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