When Color Panic Sets In

Our red barn doors were sagging, they didn’t close properly (a cinder block held them shut), they weighed a ton, they were starting to rot, and a broken board at the bottom served as a cat entrance.


It was time to get them fixed!

My dad visited for a long weekend and made new doors (while mom and I went garage-saling, haha). It was quite a challenge because the whole barn has settled to the side and so nothing was square. Yet we wanted the new doors to look natural and fit in, while still functioning. Much to my dad’s chagrin, I also requested a cat door.

dsc_7047The doors turned out fantastic! After my dad was finished, we were left with the job of painting it and installing the hardware. We started with the white trim, and then moved on to the red doors, matching the paint to the back of the old doors. We thought that it would be the true color, seeing that the red paint had really faded on the outside of the barn.


After one coat, I desperately sent this picture to Josh:

new “Help!”

The red looked terrible! Having dealt with red paint before, I did realize that adding more coats would improve its appearance, but still!!!!  We didn’t know what to do, but having bought 2 gallons of paint and being Dutch, we decided to just keep painting.

Meanwhile a few weeks had passed as we plugged away at it, and I’m sure the neighbors were shaking their heads, thinking that we had made a huge mistake.

But six coats later on the barn doors and a fresh coat on the rest of the barn, things were finally looking up. And while the new red is definitely more vibrant than the old color, we actually think it’s not that bad (plus it will fade with time!). We also installed the white x’s on the bottom halves of the door, which helped to minimize the glaring red.


Which brings me to a question for you: Do you think that we should put two x’s on the top of the doors as well (like it used to be)?  Or do you like it with just the bottom x’s as is?

(My dad and Josh are both hoping that it is perfect as is, but I’m not so sure.)


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9 Responses to When Color Panic Sets In

  1. Looks lovely the way it is.

  2. I think it looks great the way it is! Nic

  3. Hmmm….not sure!
    By the way, Colour matching isn’t always precise, we found out. Painted 3 walls of the baby room, ran out of paint, brought in the same swatch to a different store and got a slightly different shade for the fourth wall…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Leave as is.

  5. Denise Z says:

    I like it just the way it is!

  6. Esther says:

    I like it how it is!

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