Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Paint Is Magical

For years and years now whenever someone says, "That ratty old house needs to be torn down!" I'm one of the first to pipe up with, "Nah, it just needs a coat of paint!" I firmly believe in the almost magical quality of fresh paint to transform an old house. (Sometimes for the worse, but that's a post for another time.) Anyhoo...yesterday I had to be reminded of this when I was grumbling about my ratty aluminum storm door. "I want a glass full-view door," I whined, "instead of this crappy, ugly door." My friend Sharon (who came over on her vacation yesterday to help me paint—what an awesome friend!!) gave me a sidelong glance and said, "Maybe it'd look better with a coat of paint." So I took her advice—heck, the trim around the door needed to be painted anyhow—and painted the yucky door. And I must say, it doesn't look nearly so yucky anymore. It almost looks nice. I think I can live with it for another year or so while more pressing purchases are made.


  1. :) I learned that when I painted my mailbox! The door looks great.

  2. I like it! I'm a firm believer in the magic of paint.

  3. This reminds me of a scene from the movie, "The War"
    Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood play father and son, (great movie BTW, if you haven't seen it I recommend you watch it) without giving the story away I will say that Kevin is looking at buying a fixer upper for the family and attempting to reassure his son he says, "all it needs is some lipstick and rouge." After I heard that I always refer to run down houses as needing some lipstick and rouge.

    The door looks great!

  4. Yep, paint can do miracles! Looks good. As much as I HATE to paint, its major redeeming quality is the instant gratification factor!