My favorite inexpensive home improvement is painting a front door. For the cost of a gallon of paint and a few supplies, even the most inexperienced DIYer can add a huge impact to their curb appeal on the weekend.
Don’t be intimidated! Here are the supplies you’ll need to paint your front door:
Sandpaper – fine grit
Low nap or foam roller and roller tray
Screwdriver (to remover door hardware)
Quart of paint
Putty Knife (to help remove peeling paint)
Check the condition of your door. Is it peeling, or is the old paint cracking? If so, you may actually need to strip the paint. If not, YAY! You can lightly sand with the fine-grit sandpaper and wipe clean with a tack cloth (fuzz-free). Don’t forget this step. It helps remove any dirt, bugs, and anything else that will interfere with the paint adhering for the long term.
What color are you painting over? If you are going from dark to light, you may want to prime the door. I went from Green to Blue and am using quality paint from Sherwin Williams so I won’t have to prime.
Tape off or remove your hardware and glass, if any. I taped mine off.
Note: Temperature is important for painting. Don’t paint if it’s less than 50 degrees outside.
You are ready to paint!
Use your brush to paint any insets on your door. To prevent brush strokes, paint in the same direction. Then use the roller to paint all the flat areas. Let dry for a couple of hours.
Repeat for a second coat.
Keep leftover paint for touch-up as needed.
I choose a bright blue for our front door (ties it in with the lake). We also painted our shutters black.
What an easy DIY with paint!
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Until next time,