Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Walkabout Wednesday: Are we Amish??



I have been obsessing about front doors, of late.


The front door here at Brandywine has not been repainted in the nine years we have lived here, so it is overdue. The door had been painted white, once upon a time, and is now cracking and peeling and it is mostly a pale gray where the dust and dirt has settled. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is indeed magic, but sometimes magic only goes so far.


As I take my walkabouts, I am looking for front doors that catch my eye. 
...And then I noticed it.


On the two streets parallel to Brandywine (which is on a perpendicular road), about a third of the houses have blue front doors. Like an epidemic that spreads through Europe, these doors are on a quest to take over the neighborhood.


I went to college in a town that had a large Amish population, and the door to our dormitory was blue. (Our school colors were blue and white, but I don't think that had anything to do with it, because other dorms had other color doors.) One time I asked a maintenance guy why the door was blue, and he told me that the Amish painted their front doors blue if they had a daughter of marriageable age, and so we were a building FULL of young women just waiting to get that MRS degree, and so blue seemed appropriate.

I thought this was an interesting tidbit, and decided to take a walk out to the Amish countryside and look at houses to see what kind of blue they had on their doors.

The answer was: their doors weren't any blue at all. Their houses were white with black or white doors...no color.

(When I saw the maintenance guy later on, I told him that I had walked about five miles looking at Amish houses, and there were no blue doors. He said that the doors on the dorms were bright colors so that drunk girls could find them in the dark. I imagine the truth lies somewhere in between.)


While I love these pretty blue doors, I won't use this color for Brandywine. First of all, I'm married. Secondly, I am too old to be partying with the frat boys. 

My initiation into the Amish community will just have to wait.

10 comments:

Bliss said...

But I like that color in a front door.

Kim said...

I was thinking of painting my front door red. I wonder what that means .......

Rose L said...

I like blue and turquoise.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Our front door has been red for 17 years... and I've been pondering a blue revolution. :)
xo Heidi

Junkchiccottage said...

LOL about the blue door stories!!!! You have some very pretty front doors on the house in your neighborhood.
Love all the different styles.
Kris

Art and Sand said...

I have to say the drunk coeds story is the most fun!

andi filante said...

I love that color, but I'm sure Phil would object, which is why I went with red. Of course, the red looks amazing, but I hope I can try this blue-green color someday. Even if it's only one day...

-andi

karen@somewhatquirky said...

My front door was blue when I moved in and I promptly painted it a color called Japanese Maple. Now I'm thinking of going back to blue. But YOU need a green door. Sage green. A red door means your house is paid for. Or it DID mean that.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Pretty doors. Our front door is natural wood, but several years back, I painted the wood screen door a peppery red. No regrets.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I need to paint our front door again...I just hate having to go thru the HOA for anything. My taste is better than theirs, anyway! ;)
I love all the blue doors. Especially the one at 963.
xo, T.

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