Remember that front door make over I said I was going to post tomorrow? Except I said it like 2 or 3 days ago, yeah... well her it is! It's tomorrow somewhere right??
I have been wanting a new front door since I first saw the house we bought back in 2010. I kind of still do, but a lot less. I envisioned some dashing handyman hanging my beautiful teak wood craftsman style door with the lovely window on top, while I sip iced tea on my porch on a summer day. Basically none of that played out. I decided to keep myself busy one weekend while the hubby was away on business and painted the door we already had. And instead of blissfully sitting on my porch drinking iced tea, I kept repeating in my head "please don't wake up, please don't wake up". As my twins were napping upstairs.
My point is, painting your front door is really really easy, pretty cheap, and can be done during nap time.
I dare say, I love my "new" front door. I think it really adds character to my home and bumps up the curb appeal (as do my symmetrical flowers on my porch, but that's another post).
Here is how I did it:
First you will need the following supplies:
Your choice of paint. I used a quart of Behr Marquee Exterior Paint + Primer. Available at Home Depot. You can use whatever brand you'd like but exterior paint is great for dirt and water resistance. Also using a Paint that has Primer in it really cuts your time down. I also chose to get my paint in a semi-gloss finish, you could also do satin as well, though I'd only recommend those two finishes for this project.
A High-Density Foam Roller: This is different than what you paint your walls with. You can find them anywhere, I just used the mini ones but you could use whatever size you'd like.
A Foam Brush or Angled Brush: This is for painting any indents your door might have, as shown below.
Sand Paper: I can't remember what grit I used (ugh!) But I want to say something like 200 or 220?
Hot Soapy Water
Towels or Plastic: To cover your floor
|Step 1: Take your before picture. Seriously do it, it will make this project 10x more satisfying.|
|Remove your door hardware, that way you don't need to worry about taping that part up and painting "around" it.|
|Next, you need to wash/scrub your front door thoroughly. Make sure all the dust, dirt, spiderwebs and whatever else is on there is gone. Because once you paint over it, it's there FOREVER!|