The Nester is having National Take a Risk Day over at her blog. I love the concept and her recent posts on not being afraid to do something new really hit home.
A couple of years ago we took a big risk when we painted our house. It was a dirty flaking white when we bought it, and we knew we were going to have to paint it fairly soon. When it came time to pick paint colors I was very nervous. I have a habit of picking a color that is much darker than I thought it would be - which isn't so bad when it is just a room but a whole house is different. This had to last for at least 10 years. There's no do overs when it comes to the expense of painting a house.
So here's the before...
Now, this was taken just before we bought the house hence the cat on top of the roof and the odd little bench up there too (apparently the former owner was a little eccentric and liked to read out there with his many cats). The house was plain white with a faded lime-ish green front door.
Here's the after...
We wanted to give our old house some added character so while we looked at some lighter blues we thought the darker blue shade gave the house more presence. The trim was done in an antique white and then the doors were done in red.
I love love the doors. I love the house color. We have gotten a lot of compliments from the neighbors, and there have also been a small number people who are not sure about it. I think that is more about their comfort level with color than how it actually looks. All in all we are happy with our choices, and we're glad we didn't play it safe with plain old white.
Check out the other risk takers at The Nester's blog today.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~