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.