On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reveal of Garage Door and Front Door

We finished the work on the garage door!  We used Sikkens SRD translucent stain teak.  It turned out spectacular, and it was so easy to use!

Next we worked on the front door.  We thought about buying a Crestview kit and putting in some windows, but there were several concerns that we had:
1.  it's a north facing door, and would it be a location for cold air to seep in especially if we plan to remove the storm door,
2.  if we put the window inserts where we wanted (4 horizontal windows from top to bottom), then that would be perfect eye level for the dogs, which means it would encourage them to look out and scratch up the inside of the door when they see cats, squirrels, raccoons, deer, other dogs, etc.
3.  Our door is mahogany-I can't bear the thought of cutting up my door!

So all this boiled down to painting the door and keeping it solid.   (Still not sure if we want to remove the storm door.  It does serve it's purpose in the winter time!)

So we had several color ideas for the front door: parakeet green, pumpkin orange, or robin egg blue.  

Parakeet Green 

Pumpkin Orange 

Robin Egg Blue-this was the original door color when I removed the door knocker.

We decided to go for parakeet green!

We ended up spray painting the door knocker because bronze just wasn't cutting it.  

And here it is!  I think we'll wait for the house paint to go up before we make a final decision.  Delia already said it doesn't go with the inside of the house (ex/when the door is left open and swings inward).  I agree.  We walked around the neighborhood last night and early this morning with the dogs, and it is loud.  


  1. *mouth drops open* the garage door is STUNNING! JOB WELL DONE!

  2. Thanks! It was a labor of LOVE!!