When we last left off, the neighbors were left blinking (hard) at this unsightly paint job in a shield-your-eyes shade of green.
Yes, the green was too bright. Understatement. But I’ve decided that what made it literally leap off the page and scream at passersby was the fact that the TRIM was painted green as well (someone mucked up, needless to say). I am slightly calmed by the fact that had this been done correctly – yes, I still would have wanted to change it – but at least it would have seemed a BIT more toned down. Heck, with a big wreath on the front I might have even liked it. Not that the neighbors would have…
So fast forward through a long holiday weekend mixed with a good bit of aren’t-we-done-yet, eleventh-hour builder v. buyer v. realtors v. developer drama. To make a very long and boring story short, we found out there is a covenant for this development that details – among many other things (no raising poultry on our land!) – the acceptable exterior colors for homes on this street. No shocker that martian green is not on the menu.
In our defense, I asked way back at our specs meeting in September about painting the door a bright green and if there were “rules” about colors. I heard nothing and obviously, the door was painted green without argument. Fast forward through a bunch of covenant drama, and we were finally told over the weekend that the door would be painted white in the interest of time and this week’s close as it all had to be finished and signed off on beforehand and there wasn’t time to approve a new color. We could submit paint colors to the developer and paint it ourselves comes spring (it’s gotten too cold here this week for exterior painting). Somewhere in the multi-email exchange surrounding this issue, I mentioned liking Benjamin Moore “Heritage Red” – a color I’d seen on many a red Googled door image. Fast forward to our walk-through with the builder tonight, and I pulled up expecting to see a WHITE door this time around…only to pull up to this:
I couldn’t even be mad about the COMPLETE lack of communication (our realtor had the same WTF look on his face that I did) – I’m just happy we have some color on the house and it’s a color we LOVE! It’s the perfect red – I can understand why it’s by far the most popular shade when you search for “red front door”. Kudos to our builder for cutting through the BS and making this happen!
And here she is at night, after we left our walk-thru…
Just have to make it to Thursday. There have been a few back-to-back drama items in the past couple of weeks (maybe to be shared at a later date…) and we are more than ready to sign on the dotted line and be DONE. I have to laugh…I keep wondering to myself if this is how pregnant women feel in their ninth month? Let’s get this this over with already!