Asked on Sep 02, 2016

Painting a front door

I want to paint the front door. Not sure if I can paint the screen door or if I even should. We don't have AC so the screen door is needed, but should I do some fun color or the same color as the door?? Help!!😊
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  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 02, 2016
    Yes, definitely paint the screen since it is the main door that is seen from the street. Paint your entrance door the same color or for more interest, paint it a shade lighter or darker than the screen door. This will tie the main door to the screen door. Be sure and paint the trim around the screen door the same color as the screen.
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    • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 06, 2016
      I have seen your color of brick with a deep acid green or deep granny smith apple green and it was gorgeous. Also consider a pretty yellow mustard. These may not be the typical colors you would think of, but get several paint chips and hold them up to your brick. Please don't be safe and choose black:) Get a few samples of the colors you want and paint a nice size square on your screen door. Look at it for a few days. Much easier to paint over a few squares than to have to repaint the whole thing.
  • Kathi Davis Kathi Davis on Sep 02, 2016
    We painted ours,and ours is one of those security screen doors.We painted it the same color of the inside door.In fact we're planning on painting them both again as it's been quite a few years since it was last done and they need it again.Besides which we got a new back door earlier this year and right now they are 2 different colors,and i need them to match..Make sure you clean it real well and let it dry for a couple days.The guy at lowes sold dh a roller to paint the screen part with so the holes didn't clog up,i don't remember what it was called..
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 02, 2016
      You painted the actual screen and it didn't crack from movement? I have never seen that happen! I wonder if it is because you live in a hotter area than I do.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 02, 2016
    Yes paint the 2 doors the same colour. I wouldn't however paint the actual screen per se. You can replace it with a coloured screen or a lighter aluminum one instead of having a black one. I bought a patterned screen that I like...unfortunately someone put a hole in it while trying to open our patio screen with a cooler...
  • Kathi Davis Kathi Davis on Sep 02, 2016
    No it didn't crack,and it's still all intact all these years later.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 03, 2016
    I would choose a color that will blend with the brick. Maybe a burnt orange so to speak.
  • Patricia Dyer Patricia Dyer on Sep 03, 2016
    Navy blue with the brick would look very nice.
  • Sal10822870 Sal10822870 on Sep 03, 2016
    i am in a turquoise mode this year. it is magnificent. however the colour of your wood door stained a little darker would be beautiful. i just love real wood. then the turquoise screen door would make the colour turquoise pop. if both the same colour do you get the same impact. go to michaels and get colours in large paper and tape on the door. i alway do that an see which i like best. put them up and gradually take the ones you tire of first. hope this helps and be sure and post after pics.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 03, 2016
    If you don't use the screen door for fresh air, take it off, it is hiding what is a very pretty wood door, and as is common looking ugly.. paint door the blue or yellow you like.
  • Gary Gary on Sep 03, 2016
    I would paint the screen in several squares with different colors to give the illusion of depth of infinity!
  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 03, 2016
    I would definitely paint the screen door (just not the screen part). If you like what you're doing with the front door, I would do the same thing with the screen door, since it basically doubles as your front door in the hot months. Hahaha plus it's ugly and it's the first thing people see when they come to your house - so I would want it to look just as nice as the front door. If you're staining the front door and the screen door isn't wood, maybe look into faux wood finishing with gel stain. Or maybe get a new, less obtrusive screen door with more screen, so that it wouldn't scream "hi, I'm a screen door" quite so much.
  • Kathi Davis Kathi Davis on Sep 03, 2016
    Get 3 pieces of poster board or something and paint each of the colors that you like on them then tape it to your door for a day or so and see which one you like the most.I would do like at least a 12x12 piece,and you can get poster board at the dollar stores,at least here we can..HTH
  • Bj Bj on Sep 03, 2016
    Kathi, that is one great solution!
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Sep 03, 2016
    I'd advise leaving it as is. The door looks to be in great shape. Any paint you put on it will likely not hold up as well as the factory job. White will help keep your front room cooler. I have a new white storm door, and I would NEVER want to paint it, unless it started to peel, or otherwise look bad.
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 03, 2016
      The paint on my 3 storm doors lasted longer than on the siding, BUT you have to prep it very well, and it isn't as shiny as a factory finish.
  • Kathi Davis Kathi Davis on Sep 03, 2016
    B.Enne,thanks for that link,good to know things like that are out there..
  • PattyV PattyV on Sep 05, 2016
    I would paint it black and the trim. A shade that will compliment the brick. Prep the door well, light sanding and get paid for metal and Perhaps closely matching the lamp to the left of the door.