Swing and a Miss

Posted by John on October 18th, 2011

This was supposed to be a victory post.  I was going to write about how we repainted our front entry door and how awesome it came out.  Didn’t happen.  Instead, this is a mistake/lesson learned post.

The background:

Lisa had noticed that some people in the blogosphere had been painting the sidelight frames to match their entry door.  Generally, if left alone, they are the same semi-gloss white as the exterior trim.  I think the idea to paint them is that it enhances the look of the door and makes it look more full.  Lisa made the executive decision to try it and so we set out to accomplish this fairly simple task.

On top of the sidelight paint, we needed to do some touching up of our front door.  Last winter, a certain door wreath, which will remain nameless, was responsible for some scratches to the door paint.

Here’s the front door before the paint.

Here’s the door scratches

The problem with this project starts with the paint.  We looked through our build spec and were able to identify the paint as “Carolina Slate.”  OK great.  Now to find the manufacturer.  The build spec didn’t say anything about who makes the paint.  So, after calling around, we ended up at Sherwin Williams.  Apparently, our home builder gets most of their paints from SW.  The salesman at SW told me that the color would be close, but not dead-on and advised me against using it as a touch-up paint.  I’m OK with that, although it meant painting the entire door and not just the scratch marks.  This is pretty standard practice when it comes to mixing paint.  Not worried at this point.

 The Execution

After buying a quart and taping up our door, we’re ready to go.

Thoughts as the first coat dried… it’s too blue. Waaaaaayyyy too blue. It not only doesn’t match, it really doesn’t match.  We decided to finish the job and then do some thinking.  To make matters worse, I put the second coat on the door around 6pm and it never dried.  The next morning the paint was still wet in a couple areas and had started to run from the morning dew.  After wiping it down with a couple paper towels, this door project had officially snow balled into a disaster.

Here’s the after

We really like the effect the painted sidelights add to the house. We’re not in love with the paint color. At this point, we’re thinking about popping off one of those shutters and taking them to Sherwin Williams for paint matching if that’s even possible. We may have to wait for a nice warm day now to paint it. Not interested in waiting on this until spring!!

It’s a nice color, but I miss the grey.

Any suggestions for finding the right “Carolina Slate”?  Anyone else have any “I don’t love this paint color” stories?

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  • Amy

    Well I must say, the street view doesn't look bad! But I know how that feels when you just aren't happy with something and it drives you crazy till you get it fixed.

    I'm glad to have found your blog (via Twitter)! Your home is lovely! We are in the middle of our first build, and in the boring framing stage, so I'm happy to have something pretty to look at and read about. 🙂

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Amy. I'm gonna check out your blog too. Good luck with your build. As for the front door, the worst part is, we may have to wait until spring! Argh!

  • Don't know if it helps, but I've seen a lot of HOA communities that have approved colors, and Duron/McCormick "Carolina Slate" is always on the list. This HOA (http://tysonshoa.com/Paint.htm) has a picture showing the formula for the paints they used. I have no idea what the color actually looks like, but it seems like a standard for a lot of communities with specific paint colors.

    Good luck!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Kris! You've already been helpful. I didn't even know that Duron and McCormick were associated with each other. Learn something new everyday. Thanks for the link. I see the Carolina Slate listed. I'll check that against my quart from Sherwin Williams.

  • Allison

    What did you discover? We are having the exterior if our house repainted (same colors, just freshened up). Our HOA says the trim on our house is McCormick's Carolina Slate, but I can't find a swatch anywhere online and our painter is supposed to get the paint tomorrow. Our trim is definitely green, not blue.