Giving Your Front Door a Makeover With Paint

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2 Hours

A new front door is often times not within budget your you'll be saving for a little while to purchase one. Instead, try giving your front door a brand new pop of color by painting it. It will instantly change the look of the entrance of your home and make you feel like you have a brand new door. Here's a guide on how you can paint your front door this weekend.

giving your front door a makeover with paint
Step 1: Check your door and your door frame for any scratches, holes, and dings that need to be filled in. You can use wood putty for the frame and for the door as long as it's made of wood.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
Step 2: Lightly sand your door and any area you added wood putty with 180 grit sandpaper. This will smooth everything out and give your paint something to grasp onto.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
Step 3: Wipe down your front door and trim to remove any dirt, sanding dust, and any other residue. You'll want start with a clean surface! This can be done with TSP or dawn dish soap with warm water.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
Step 4: Place painter's tape around the door hardware to protect it from the paint.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
Step 5: Using a paint that includes primer and made for the exterior of your home, start painting your door. If you don't use a paint with primer, make sure to prime your door first. You'll also want to either paint your trim the same color or go with white.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
Step 6: When you get to the outer portions of your door, you'll want to open your door enough to be able to paint the whole door. Make sure to leave your door slightly open until the paint fully dries. If you close your door too early, you risk having the paint stick to the door frame and pulling it off the door.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
You now have a brand new door just by updating it with a little paint. To find out the order in which I painted our door and the color we used, check out the blog post on our website.
giving your front door a makeover with paint
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  • Robin W Tedford
    on Sep 26, 2018

    If my door is metal how would I fix any damage to the door

    • Wxw
      on Oct 9, 2018

      Autobody filler is the answer. We had to repair a few places on our front door before placing on the market. Our "Mr. Fix It" used autobody filler, it looked perfect. Also works to repair small sections of damaged wood. That repair with a fresh coat of paint and you are good as new. Best of luck.

  • Barbara Fryer Conover
    on Oct 4, 2018

    What about metal doors.. brush or roller

    • Tracey Jackson
      on Oct 27, 2018

      I used a brush on my metal door, it turned out great! Love the difference and color, this not only gave it a fresh look but also a cool pop of color and it make our house very easy to locate! I changed ours from a faded white to teal, perfect to stand out and looks fresh and new!

  • Donna Perry Koertge
    on Nov 11, 2018

    Yes I am going to paint my door.. Wondering though, Is it to cold now that the winter is here? Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Rishel
      on Nov 14, 2018

      Check the can of paint! It will usually tell you on the back the range in temperature when painting is the best so that it cures correctly.

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