Front Door Got a Makeover

by DP
3 Days
The front door was faded and I wanted to change it up
The door was blue with some white trim, here it has already been sanded and I taped the knob plus removed the deadbolt. I used contact paper on the windows so I wouldn't have to scrape paint and it is really much easier than tape. I make sure the contact paper is a little larger than the window, stick it on pressing it into the corners and then use a knife to go along the edges to cut it perfect to the window.
I primed it using the 123 primer, I used a grey paint, one coat and didn't worry about getting it to cover without streaks or anything, on the inset white area and around the windows I only very lightly dry brushed it on, I wanted it to look sort of like wood grain, I let that dry (the deadbolt was put back on so we could lock the door at night)
Here I put a fairly light coat of white paint over the grey and used a graining tool to make the wood grain look on the door, you can find some youtube videos showing how to use it, it really isn't difficult.
After the white dried, I used these 3 colors of blues to dry brush kind of randomly to give it more color and to make it look more antique like
This is the finished door, I placed a stencil on the panels in one of the blue/purple colors I had dry brushed onto the rest of the door. I wish you could see the colors better in this picture, it really does look better in person. I also brushed on 2 coats of water based polyurethane to make it smoother, protect the paint and to make cleaning easier. our house has blue siding so the door really does go with the exterior.
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  • Mary Mary on Sep 05, 2017
    I have a metal door on my back entrance could I use this technique on it possibly?

  • Faye Muir West Faye Muir West on Sep 07, 2017
    tHow about the glass? How did you do that?

  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Nov 10, 2017
    How did you do the glass?

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