I was all set to go all polished nickel on this front door.
Remember when I painted the house this color?
We all sat down and had sweet tea and went all Encyclopedia Brown with a highly intellectual discussion about shutters and awnings and trim paint and painted bricks.
And whether the door hardware should be brass or polished nickel.
I was all on the polished nickel team. I mean, really. The house is gray. Gray goes with polished nickel, right? It’s cool tones hanging out and becoming friends with other cool tones.
And then one day I was unpacking boxes at the house and found this.
This is a brass door knocker I inherited from my grandfather.
It was made in a time when brass ruled the world.
It’s heavy and intricate and detailed and a serious door commitment and a little bit oddly-over formal which I wasn’t sure I liked at first because I felt like it belonged on a house of people who take themselves and their door knockers very seriously.
(total aside: I am being deliberately mysterious with these door knocker pictures so when you see the front door reveal it will be even more dramatic).
I’m not sure if my grandfather ever had it on a house.
It was still in the original packaging in a fancy box wrapped in plastic.
And the more I looked at it and the more I studied it and thought about it and the front door and the brass I felt like this door knocker was created for a time such as this.
(total aside: When I have these moments of clarity about the house and get all dramatic and Hallmark movie and look for meaning in every last little thing like a door knocker I unpacked from a box from a zillion years ago—sometimes I have to step back and have a few words for myself: #calmdownwithyourstorieskarianne)
I’m going with brass for the door.
The door knocker decided it for me.
So here is the tentative plan for the front door.
It’s a lot of brass and a lot of black and an expensive planter option that I’m going to recreate for either side of the front door.
Here’s where everything is going.
1. There will be two benches on either side of the house under each window.
2. There will be a brass kickplate at the bottom of the door.
3. There will be brass hardware on the door and a super cute brass doorbell (that was under $10).
4. I’m DIYing that planter for either side of the door. Don’t you love those handles?
5. The odd saltillo tile that you can’t really see that covers the front porch will be replaced with brick.
6. I’m keeping the brick on the front steps, but it will be power washed and bleached and cleaned and in certain areas the mortar will be replaced. I was even researching how to paint your mortar. Has anyone tried that?
7. There is also a beautiful glass door with a simple black wood frame that is original to the house that’s being repaired and put back into place.
And then there’s the landscaping which looks super pitiful right now, but I’m trying to figure out a plan for that, too.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes the plans we make don’t work exactly according to plan?
How sometimes a door knocker shows up and changes everything?
And then? We discover that even though the new plan might not have been our idea—it’s even better.
There is such a sermon in there.
But I’ll leave that message for another preacher and another day. 🙂