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yellow front door and grey brick: a porch makeover

So my sister-in-law Alexandra and I always love talking home decor and crafting. We chat about our favourite blogs, she introduces me to new ones, and I oooh and aaahh over her lastest sewing creations – she makes the most gorgeous blankets and pillows, when she has a free second as a mama of 3 seriously cute kiddos. Anyway she and my brother-in-law John have a great house in Toronto, but the outside has been a lacklustre since they bought it a few years ago. Not terrible, but just a little tired. It actually almost put them off of buying the house altogether.

From afar, the brick and black paint doesn’t look too bad..


But things were chipped and tired. The black porch showed every spec of dust, and the black door plus black window and deep red brick was all a little dark. The brick had been painted that dark red, and the mortar was painted black, too – weird. Based on the brick at the side of the house, it was in fine shape, so we aren’t quite sure where that motivation came from. before2

Anyway, a few weeks ago, the time had come to do a bit of work out there and they decided to start by giving everything a new coat of paint: the bricks, the door, the deck.

Alexandra knew she wanted grey for the brick facade, so they tested a few options. The darker grey won out – more dramatic for the white railing and pillars to pop against.

They had the brick painted grey, the door painted a cheery yellow (isn’t it sweet?), and the decking painted in the lighter grey tone. {Pics are from an iphone, but you get the idea}



Doesn’t it look so much happier and refreshed? Plus, now they can say “Oh, we’re the house with the yellow door!”. Apparently our uncle who was coming to stay with them walked right by the house because he didn’t recognize it! Thought he was on the wrong street. A sign of a great transformation.


I love the sleek silver house numbers that have a mid-century vibe to them, and the older style post box.

They have plans for even more spruce ups, but I think the transformation so far is stellar. They used College Pro painters (you know, the company run by University students) and said that their workmanship and professionalism was excellent. Two of my best girlfriends were painters for College Pro one summer – great way to get in shape and be outside enjoying the sunny weather.

The paint colours:

  • Brick Paint – Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray (SW7019)
  • Porch Paint – Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray (SW7017) **Two shades lighter than brick paint
  • Front Door Paint – Benjamin Moore paint matched to a Sherwin Williams colour ‘Bee’ (SW6683) **Bee wasn’t available by SW as an exterior paint, so they were able to colour match it to Benjamin Moore

Nice, right? I have always loved the grey + yellow combo, and I think it suits their house perfectly. What about you guys? Love a yellow door? Doing any work on the curb appeal of your place this summer? 

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  • It looks lovely! And I love those house numbers – where did they find them? I wonder if their neighbours are thinking about painting now too ;)

  • Cassie Bustamante

    OH it’s the cutest!!!! love it!

  • Alexandra Knowles

    Oh hey! It’s my house! :)

    • gemma

      Haha – thanks for letting me post about it, Alexandra! (And for the link to those house numbers… I think I’ll be getting some too!)


  • Tara @ Surburble

    I LOVE it, Alexandra (as I see she’s checking in on comments!) – grey and yellow is such a great combo. Your door looks so cheery!

    • gemma

      So cheery, hey? I love the combo too.


    • Alexandra Knowles

      Thanks! We thought it would be a nice way to cheer up winter too … when we get to that point. Ugh.

  • Brooke

    I love the colors!

    • gemma

      Yeah, so fun eh? I love them too!