Back Door Trim

I was concerned at first that there wouldn’t be space for the top piece below the light box. Turns out there just barely was, leaving a space so slim I had to paint the top edge of the trim before I installed it.

Laddie wanted to be outside with Uncle Joel, and once he got with the program he just found a shady spot and kept me company without getting in the way at all. A fine little guy, all around. In terms of usefulness he doesn’t even live up to Little Bear, which is a pretty low bar. But he’s the bee’s knees for just keeping an old guy company.

I’ll give the caulk today to cure. Then tomorrow is for painting trim and (oh frabjous day!) breaking down the work table and hauling it out to the woodlot. I have one electrical project to finish on the cabin (and you know how I like to put off electrical projects) and the solar panel rack and woodshed both still need a coat of paint but other than that I am DONE WORKING ON THE CABIN FOR THE YEAR!

I have a decision to make, though, and I need to make it by tomorrow morning: I’ve never been entirely happy with the plan to paint the back door the same color as the trim. Looking at what Claire’s been doing with her house – she’s got three colors going on and it looks really good. Counting the white of the Lair’s front door I sort of do as well and it occurs to me that it might be better to hold off painting the door till I score a quart of white semigloss, rather than painting it the red/brown trim color. What do you think?

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7 Responses to Back Door Trim

  1. Mark Matis says:

    Oh surely you can do better than Claire. Go FOUR colors:


  2. jabrwok says:

    Given that it’s a door, I think you have the opportunity to get creative.

    A Wile E. Coyote tunnel with the sign “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!” above it, or maybe a giant Skull and Crossbones, or a Gadsden flag design. Go nuts!

  3. Joel says:

    I’d totally do something like that if I had the slightest hint of artistic skill. Alas I do not.

    Some sort of sign has been my thinking from the beginning, but right now the door still needs a coat of paint.

  4. Judy says:

    I’m liking where Mark and Jabrwok are going! Do let the inner Joel out and do something interesting. How about the barrel of a cannon?

  5. Claire says:

    Oh definitely “let the inner Joel out”!

    As to colors, I’ve got three around the door (maple red, peacock blue, pea green), but five total on the house (khaki yellow, deep blue-green). Plus the white of the vinyl window frames and natural cedar shingles. Seven total hues.

    You could beat me. You’d run out of colors in the rainbow, but at least you don’t have neighbors to complain that your house is weird. Or as the Wandering Monk put it in his un-PC way “too Mexican.”

    But yeah … more colors on/around that door would be nice. The front of your house is colorful and cool.

  6. Ben says:

    You don’t want too many colors. Someone might mistake it for a rainbow. 😉
    So yes; white would be good. And it doesn’t take too much artistic talent to paint a quarter moon on the door.

  7. Mark Matis says:

    One thing to consider, though, is solar insolation. I expect that is a standard uninsulated exterior door. How long does it get direct sun? And would you prefer to gain heat from the door? Or not?

    A dark color on the door will let the sunlight heat it significantly, and the interior surface of the door will then be much warmer than if the exterior was painted a light color. It’s not that big a deal with the exterior walls, because you have insulation between them and the interior walls, but that door most likely has no insulation at all.

To the stake with the heretic!