Your front door is one of the first things visitors and neighbors see when they look at your home. It holds the power to create eye-catching curb appeal and sets the tone for the impression people take away from your home. Does your door make a stunning design statement, or does it simply blend in and go unnoticed? A fresh coat of door paint is often all you need to transform the entire look of your home. Whether you go with a classic color (white, black, or red) or a punchier hue (citrus, lime, or turquoise), make sure it’s one that’s both welcoming and a complete expression of you. So, how easy is it to paint your front door? A lot easier than you might think. Here are four simple steps for applying a fresh coat of door paint.
Prepping your door is an essential first step. Don’t ever skip this one! If your new door paint color is similar to the existing shade, and the current paint is nicely intact, you can leave the door in place. Throw down a dropcloth and cover the hardware with painter’s tape, and you’ll be all set. If you’re changing the color, or if the current paint is peeling or flaking, you’ll need to take the door down. After it’s off, remove the hardware, and place it on a sawhorse. Then use a putty knife to carefully remove peeling paint. Sand it with 120- to 320-grit sandpaper (depending on the surface roughness) until it’s smooth. Finally use a vacuum, clean cloth, and mineral water to completely remove all of the sanding dust and debris.
If you’re leaving the door in place because the current paint is a similar color and in good condition, you can skip applying primer. Otherwise, painting on a coat of primer is an important part of the process. It will prevent the door from absorbing moisture and smooth out its texture so the new door paint color will look top-notch. So, how do you do it? Brush a coat of primer on the front of the door and its edges, let it dry, flip the door over, and then prime the back. A single coat is all you need. Once the primer is dry, lightly sand any drips or places where it went on chunky to smooth everything out.
Now it’s time to start the real transformation! Begin painting your door by “cutting in” around hardware (if you’ve left it intact) and any bevels and crevices with a brush. Brush the sides as well. Then use a foam roller to paint the rest of the door. Start at the top and work your way down. Make sure to roll out any drips. To achieve deep color saturation, apply two or three coats–letting each coat dry before applying the next.
4. Wait & Enjoy Your New Door Paint
Before reattaching hardware, rehanging, and closing the door, you need to allow the door paint to dry completely. Waiting a full 24 hours is ideal, but in some circumstances that’s simply not possible. Just know that the longer you wait, the better your results will be. If you have to close the door at the end of the day, secure painter’s tape to the weatherstripping. This will ensure that it doesn’t pull off your hard work. Once everything is complete, walk across the street to admire the full effect of your work. Let your eyes revel in the new style and gorgeousness of your entryway. And smile at a job well done!
We’ve Got What You Need
If you’re ready to revive the look of your home with a fresh coat of door paint, we have everything you need. From premier primers and paints to tape, pans, brushes, and more, Flanagan Paint & Supply has all the tools for achieving the exact look you want. We also have stylish window treatments for doors to complete the look of your entryway and an amazing team of professionals that can offer advice and inspiration. Getting started is as easy as stopping into our showroom. And, if your schedule is busy, you can always invite one of our style experts into your home for a free, shop-at-home appointment. Contact us to schedule yours today!