I must admit that I was a bit self-conscious when we were painting it because it looked SUPER bright. I kept worrying about what the neighbors would think as they drove by; he way our house is situated everyone who drives into the neighborhood can see it. (And now you can't miss it.) It took 5 coats of paint and a couple days to cover up the black. I wasn't sure if I was going to end up liking it, but I LOVE it! It is bright and fun and you can see our door way down the road. It is fabulous.