A DOOR TO ADORE

 

Eye-catching front entrance on mid century home...from 1962 Main Line Homes Guide.

Eye-catching front entrance on mid century home…from 1962 Main Line Homes Guide.

One of the things I was most excited about when we first toured the 1960s rancher we are renovating was the front door. It caught my eye immediately from the inside with it’s three oval windows – one of the classic mid century door styles. Right now, you can’t really see the door from the outside because the screen door covers it but that will not be the case when the home is made over. This hidden gem of a door will soon be our home’s focal point. It may be old but it’s got a lot of life left in it.

The front door of the house.

The front door of the house.

You really can’t beat an original mid century door. They came in so many wonderful eye-catching designs. Check out the designs below, all from a vintage Beaver lumber catalogue (belonging to the original home owner)…and they were each only $29.95! I love them all but if I had to pick my three favorites they would have to be the raindrops, the rectangles and the stacked ovals…but I would gladly have any of them for my front door. These doors put todays boring and basic doors to shame.

I love all of these doors. My favorite would have to be the teardrop style.

I love all of these doors. My favorite would have to be the teardrop style

And it wasn’t just the doors that were amazing it was the door handles, the escutcheons (the decorative outer part the door knob fits into) and even the door bells were special. Look at these 1960s Nutone doorbells. I have more photos of stylish mid century door accessories here http://modranchreno.com/2015/01/mid-century-door-candy/

1960s Nutone pushbutton doorbells.

1960s Nutone pushbutton doorbells.

Before I can add shiny door accessories the door needs to be painted. My plan is to have it sprayed with a semi-gloss lacquer paint so it stands up to the elements. So now comes the BIG decision of what colour to paint the door. I’d like this door to set the tone for the whole house…a lot of pressure for an old wooden door.

Here are a few possible door paint colour samples shown beside a grey that will be similar to the siding colour. These are the contenders so far not in any particular order:

Sico Sponge Toffee

Sico Sponge Toffee

Sico Paint’s Sponge Toffee is a great match for the original starburst mail box (below) that will be installed beside the door.

Mid century starburst mail box.

Mid century starburst mail box.

And then there is:

Sico Apricot Jam

Sico Apricot Jam

Sico Paint’s Apricot Jam is a warm sunny orange. I’ve always loved the way orange and grey look together. They seem to compliment each other well.

And the colour I keep leaning towards for the door is:

Sico Limoncello

Sico Limoncello

Sico Paint’s Limoncello is bright and cheerful. It is almost identical to Rona Collection’s Chartreuse which has a little more green in it which I also really like, shown below against possible siding colours and the stacked stone we might be using around our entrance area.

Rona Collection Chartreuse

Rona Collection Chartreuse

I really want the door to make a statement and the colour to look great with the grey siding and the stacked stone and compliment any landscaping and gardening we might have out front. I will likely pick out a few more paint swatches before I make a final decision – I’ll post them when I do. Until then, any vote’s?

 

**If anyone is looking for a door that is close to a mid century style I found a company called Therma-Tru Doors which are available in Canada. There are a variety of styles.**

Therma-Tru door 'Pulse' line www.thermatru.ca

Therma-Tru door ‘Pulse’ line www.thermatru.ca

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Comments:

  1. Cheryl says:

    I LOVE this slate gray and lemoncello front door combo . . . Ya got my vote! The rendering of the front elevation of your home looks fantastic!

  2. Cheryl says:

    I also really like the yellows with a slightly lime edge . . . I have been considering a shot of yellow somewhere on the exterior of our home. However we don’t have enough gray on the front elevation to follow through. You are starting from scratch on the exterior once you get the home settled on it’s new foundation (L & M would be beside themselves to know this story)! I can’t wait to see what happens next . . . !

  3. Just a brief comment to address your post regarding the painted trim bleeding through. This happens when pine trim is used. A contractor that we employed was asked to avoid using clear pine when trimming out our renovation. For the most part they did as asked . . . however there were a couple pieces of trim that had some knots. We followed all advise to coat these knots against bleed through . . . . and for a time this appeared to work. Seven years have passed since this renovation and the knots are bleeding through the paint. Our advise is . . . do not use pine trim. No Knots . . . No Angry Thots!! Best Wishes on your Home Moving and Retro Renovation Journey!

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