Can't replace it? Fix it!

Let's be honest, we all have some things in our life that we don't like. 

Maybe we tend to be more critical than encouraging. Or maybe we interpret things other people say with way more emotion than necessary. Or maybe in an effort to create peace in our relationships we get controlling.

I have those things about myself. I want to change but I know if I don't intentionally work on my issues, I won't. Time will pass. Frustration will increase. Discouragement will set in. And eventually I'll buy the lie that I can't change.

But recently I realized something because of a silly thing I don't like. The front door to my house.

I felt like I needed an excuse for it every. single. time. someone came to our house.

In my defense, I tried replacing it with something else but it wasn't a fit. We bought a beautiful historic, Charleston front door but after three contractors said it wouldn't work, I gave up.

And I got stuck.

Then this past weekend I decided to stop pulling into the driveway hating on that door and just do something about it.

If you can't replace it, fix it! 

That's exactly what we did! We painted it! And not just any casual color, we chose BLUE. I surprised myself with that one. But it's just paint and knowing me, I'll eventually re-paint it another color in the future. But now I pull in the driveway with a smile on my face because the ugly front door has now been revamped! (See below for more details on painting your front door.)

Honestly, changing my front door wasn't crucial. But it did remind me that making changes in me to improve my relationships around me, is really important. And now is the time to ask God to show me how to start making positive changes today. With His power working in me, I can choose to start being more encouraging... more positive... more forgiving... more like Christ.

So I hope the next time you pop over to my house, the new blue front door isn't the only improvement you notice :)

How To Paint A Front Door:

1) sand the top layer with a sanding sheets. We used this one.

2) take a wet washcloth and wipe it all down and wait for it to completely dry.

3) tape around door handle as much as you can. Spray paint and let dry.

4) paint the detail on the door first. Paint brush we used.

5) take tape off around door handle and paint the rest of the door.

Once the first coat on the door is dried, paint a second and possibly a third coat if needed! 

Color details:

Front door color --> Behr's Oslo Blue

Door handle color --> Oil Rubbed Bronze

Brick color --> Sherwin William's Snowbound

 Before!

Before!

 Holding up the color swatch to make sure I like all the colors together

Holding up the color swatch to make sure I like all the colors together

 Close-up of all three colors on the front of our house

Close-up of all three colors on the front of our house

 We started with the door handle first

We started with the door handle first

 Brooke wanted in on the fun

Brooke wanted in on the fun

 August approves ;) 

August approves ;) 

 After!

After!