The front of our house: Cause of many headaches. Last week I painted our wooden "barn" door/gate/whatever you want to call it. Here´s a post from two years back which gives you a little background. The gate was natural wood before and while I liked the look, it started to age rapidly and not in a nice way, so paint it was. Trust me, in the past two years, I have spent way too much time thinking about what color that freaking gate should be. I finally settled on a light ivory color that I thought would match the sandstone of the window arches well. Painting this huge door took me two days. And then I stepped back and had major regrets. The paint turned out way lighter than I thought and it makes the gate really stand out. However, one rule in this house is that no matter how much you dislike a DIY job at first, you got to live with it for a while and see whether it maybe grows on you.
Well, it did grow on me. The color is definitely a bit too light but the gate needs a third coat anyway so I´ll go a touch darker this time. I don´t like the color ivory in general but I think it just makes sense here. One day we´ll be able to have the gable rebuilt and painted, and it will be the same color as the gate. I think one of the reasons why the paint job makes the gate stand out so much is that is hasn´t really a counterpart. Painting the gable the same color will fix that.
Many people on Instagram have suggested painting the gate the same color as the entry door. And I totally see where you are coming from, but I don´t think it is an option for me. The door is a very bright blue in the sun. Painting the large gate and the gable the same color would make the house look completely crazy, in my opinion. I like that the house is a little quirky, but I´d rather not add any more quirkiness, if you know what I mean. I am even considering painting the door the same ivory color to calm the colors down even more.
Originally, I think the gable/gate/entry door were painted a dark brown. I have an old picture of the house and a bit of the paint is left on the (rotten) gable. It is a truly horrible look. I am usually all for restoring original paint schemes, but no way in this case.
So looks like the shiny new ivory gate is here to stay. Or not. I´ll make up my mind eventually. There´s still so much to do here - new roof, new gable and I´d like to have the brick professionally cleaned at one point. It will be a work in progress for many years to come. Patience, patience.