Front Door Painting Tips

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$60
2 Hours
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If you know that your front door needs some paint love, you may be lost as to choosing front door paint colors or completely confused on how to paint a door. Here’s some tips for choosing your front door paint color and
front door painting tips
I’m so glad all of that yucky tan/brown color is gone now!

ARE YOU READY TO SEE WHAT FRONT DOOR PAINT COLOR WE CHOSE?!
front door painting tips
Ta DA!!!

Do you love it as much as I do??  I had been majorly stumped on a color that would both contrast with our exterior paint color (which by the way is Black Bamboo by Behr) and be a good complement. Then one day I was looking at Behr’s color trends for 2018 and I saw it…..the perfect color! It’s called In The Moment. Ironically it is the Behr Color of the Year for 2018. I guess I’m jumping on the bandwagon and never looking back because I LOVE IT.
front door painting tips
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR HOW TO PAINT A DOOR:

CLEAN YOUR DOOR BEFORE STARTING
Ours had recently been pressure washed as one of the  things you need to do before you paint your exterior, so we just gave it a quick wipe with some disinfecting wipes to make sure the dirt and dust was gone. If yours needs a more thorough washing, TSP is a great cleaner to use before painting.
 
FOLLOW THIS GENERAL ORDER FOR PAINTING A DOOR
This is the order we used to paint our front door. The most important part is that you do the ridges of the panels first, then the panels, then the horizontal pieces and lastly the vertical.
front door painting tips
USE A PAINT & PRIMER TO SAVE TIME
The paint we use is Behr’s Marquee line and it already has a primer in it. Pay close attention to see if your front door paint has primer. If not, you’ll need to prime the door before painting. We highly recommend the Marquee line by Behr, which we used on our whole exterior. It was well worth the extra money because we only had to do one coat, which saved us a TON of time and money.

WORK QUICKLY
Get all your supplies ready because once you start painting the door, you don’t want to stop. Stopping (even for a couple minutes) allows the paint a chance to dry up a tad and get sticky, which will lead to noticeable strokes. It is best if you could work quickly to get the paint on the door while everything is wet.

Resources for this project:

Front Door Paint Color - In The Moment T18-15 by Behr
Exterior Paint Color for House - Black Bamboo by Behr
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