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How-to Paint Your Front Door

How-to Paint Your Front Door

YAY! I’m finally jumping on the painted door bandwagon! As long as people have been painting their doors bright colors, I knew I wanted to join in on the fun. But we couldn’t since we lived in apartments with boring brown doors. For some reason, I don’t think they would appreciate me painting the door.  Now that we have a house I knew that painting our front door was definitely a project I wanted to tackle. This is not one of those projects where I had to hem-and-haw over over the details. I’ve had this planned for quite some time. Red front door and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.  I learned a few things while painting my door so I wanted to share a little tutorial on how-to paint your front door.

How-to Paint Your Front Door

I know we all love a good before and after, so let’s just get that out of the way up front. The front of our house seriously lacks personality and curb appeal. That was another reason I wanted to paint the door STAT. The door used to be hidden behind a storm door. We removed the storm door partially because we rarely used it and mostly because it was broken and would let bugs into the house… hence leading to the rarely using it. Plus I wanted to be able to see my gorgeous red door from the street! Increased curb appeal! 

How-to Paint Your Front Door

The front porch is nice and big. But there is a huge space to the right of our front door that was drawing a lot of attention, simply because it was so empty. I’m still working on that, but the first step was to tackle the door. It was a lovely shade of hunter green with bright brassy hardware.

Our first stop was at Home Depot to pick up some paint chips. I was actually quite surprised by the lack of bright reds there were. I grabbed all of them. See how many there are?? 4. I taped them all to the door and lived with them there for about 2 weeks until I picked one.  We decided on a luscious shade of red called Red Delicious by Glidden. Make sure when you buy your paint that you get an exterior paint since your door will be exposed to the elements.

How-to Paint Your Front Door

Start by removing all the hardware from your door. Tape off the hardware holes from the inside of the door so the sanding dust won’t get inside your house. Then sand down your door with 120 grit sandpaper. Focus on any imperfections to get it nice and smooth. Wipe down your door with a wet cloth to remove all the sanding dust. Then prime your door. I used my favorite Kilz latex primer. I did only 1 coat but, in hindsight, I should have done 2 since I was going red.

How-to Paint Your Front Door

This is the way you paint your door. The order does make a difference. Doing it in this order will result in a nice and smooth finish. The other key is a high-density foam roller. So here is how you do it:

  1. Paint all the inset parts. You will have to use a paint brush or foam brush for this. Everywhere else you should use the foam roller.
  2. Paint all the raised panels.
  3. Paint vertically between the panels, but only to the top of the panel.
  4. Paint horizontally above and below the panels.
  5. Paint the entire vertical edges of the door.

Repeat this for as many coats as needed for good coverage. Red is particularly hard to get good coverage so my door took 7 coats. Yeah… 7. Hello tedious. Hence why I wish I had done 2 coats of primer. Give the door a good 2+ hours to dry before you close it. Otherwise the door can stick to the weather stripping.

How-to Paint Your Front Door

If you don’t have a storm door… great! We just had to unscrew a bunch of screws to remove it. Fill in any holes with wood filler and sand smooth once dry.

How-to Paint Your Front Door

I would love to replace all the hardware but that isn’t on the bill quite yet. So instead, me and my bestie {spray paint} went to town on all the hardware. I also did a quick makeover on the doorbell. I wasn’t diggin’ the weathered yellow look.

How-to Paint Your Front Door

Reassemble your hardware and be so happy that the brassy-ness is gone! And be thrilled that that paint covered the previous owners’ engraved name on that knocker!

How-to Paint Your Front Door

So… whatcha think!? I absolutely love it! It makes my little heart happy! Obviously I added a pot of flowers and an old chair. It isn’t complete but it is way better than it was! {I know, I know! That horrible light! But why spend my time painting it when I just want to replace it??} I’m going to upgrade to a larger door mat. I’m also thinking of adding some fancy house numbers to the right of the door. What do you think? Any recommendations for that empty space?

Here is a little progress report on the front porch:

  • Paint door red
  • Place flowers in pot near door
  • Replace outdoor lights
  • Replace door mat with larger mat
  • Create larger/easier to see house numbers
  • Paint railing
  • Paint shutters
  • Paint concrete patio??

Have you ever painted your door? What color is your door right now??

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