Lavender Problems

A few weeks ago a little girl and her mother came to our door selling girl scout cookies. We weren’t buying, but her sales pitch was memorable. The first thing the girl said was something like “I have to say, I LOVE your lavender door. Lavender is my FAVORITE color.”

Lavender isn’t my favorite color and it certainly isn’t Megan’s either. The door has been lavender since we first moved in. Can you believe we bought it that way? Fortunately for us, having a lavender door and shutters has its advantages. People can spot our house easily,  its memorable, and its great to mention for the pizza delivery boy when he can’t find our house.

Wide Home Exterior Day Winter

They say a new color of paint on your front door can really change the look of a house, and that’s what we’ve got in mind. I’ve always enjoyed the faux-cedar shake vinyl siding on the house, and the gray color is fine by me. The lavender door and shutters, not so much.

We’ve been at Lowes looking into the project and it seems like we’re priced out of replacing the shutters. 30 bucks a pop? That wouldn’t be very DIY of us! We’re thinking of refinishing them in a black color but the door is still up in the air.

Lavender Shutters

Lowes and Valspar have a series of paint colors created with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What they’ve done is create “a palette of over 250 colors documented from historic places across the country and representing American colors from a variety of periods and styles.” Its a cool concept and some of the colors could be perfect for our front door. We’re thinking something in their blue family. Maybe Betsy Ross House Blue?

Low Angle Front of House

Stay tuned. We’re not jumping into this project just yet. In fact, I don’t know when we’ll get around to it, but hopefully as the weather gets warmer we’ll be a little more eager to get outside and paint.



It’s no mystery that changing to a new color of paint is one of the easiest ways to change up the vibe of a room. It’s also is a great way to bring something cohesive to your entire home’s color palette.

When we started painting after we moved in we made some pretty bold decisions, and learned some pretty serious lessons about color choices. We chose two bold colors for the living room and office. We’ve kept Behr’s Minted Lemon in the living room, but our choice of Olympic One’s “Sunbeam” has always worried us. Here’s the office as it appeared a few weeks ago.

Yellow Office Sunbeam

In the photo it doesn’t look that bad I suppose, but walking into that room everyday was a bit of a jarring experience. I’m not one to be afraid of color or bold decisions, but I just don’t think we have that kind of house. Maybe with a little more natural light it could have worked.

Wave's Crest versus Sunbeam

The new color we chose was “Wave’s Crest” by Valspar. As soon as we started painting we were worried we’d gone too light or too white. Once we had finished the room, let it dry and looked at it the next morning I think we realized we’d made the right decision. Then we cleaned up the trim with a new coat of white paint and we were done.

Office Painted with Wave's Crest

Overall I think it really brightens up the room and if nothing else it looks a lot better with the finish on our floors. The yellow may have been more tolerable when we had carpet, but with the refinished hardwood it really clashed.

Let us know if you think we’ve made the right color decision. Stay tuned to find out what we paint next, the kitchen? the basement? or a repaint of the living room?