Update your front door with paint in a weekend the easy way!

My favorite inexpensive home improvement is paint.

The power of paint is amazing.

Today I am showing how you can update your front door with paint in a weekend the easy way!

The power of paint!

For the cost of a gallon of paint and a few supplies, even the most inexperienced DIYer can add a huge impact to their home’s curb appeal in a weekend.

Don’t be intimidated!

Here are the supplies you’ll need to paint your front door:

What you will need to Paint your front door:


DIY front door painting.
After the first coat of paint

Prep Your Door:

Check the condition of your door.

Begin by cleaning the door with a degreaser/crime cleaner like TSP, then rinse thoroughly and let dry.

Is your door peeling, or is the old paint cracking?

If so, you may need to thoroughly sand or strip the paint until smooth.

If not, YAY!

Next, 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 I am using quality paint with a primer included from Sherwin Williams so I won’t have to separately prime.

Tape off or remove your hardware.

Choosing your front door paint:

Choose a high-quality exterior paint that will hold up to the elements.

I am using latex-based paint with primer built-in because my door is made of wood and in good condition.

If your door is metal, you may want to consider an oil-based paint to help stave off rust.

Indigo SW 6531

Painting your front door

You are ready to paint!

Use your brush to paint any insets on your door.

My favorite paint brushes are slightly angled, so the paint easily gets into the nooks and crannies.

To prevent brush strokes, paint in the same direction.

Once the insets are painted, then use the roller brush to paint all the flat areas.

2nd coat of SW Indigo painted on front door
Painted but still a bit wet.

Let dry for four to six hours if you use water-based paint and overnight if oil-based.

Repeat for a second coat.

Please Note:

Temperature is essential for painting.

Don’t paint if it’s less than 50 degrees outside.

Keep leftover paint for touch-ups as needed.

Exterior door painted with SW 6531

I choose a bright blue (Indigo by Sherwin-Williams) for our front door (ties it in with the lake).

We also painted our shutters black.

Before and after of DIY Exterior Front Door
Before and After

Updating your front door is easy, and I did it in a weekend!

Yay, for the power of paint.

It added a great deal of curb appeal for very little money.

Door Mat saying "I Hope You Like Dogs".
My doormat makes people smile once they see my dogs.

A bonus was that the front door made a lovely spot for my daughter and her husband when they married at our house last summer.

First look- Outdoor wedding
First, look

Want to see more examples of the power of paint?

Check out a few more DIY with paint projects from some of my blogging friends.

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Until next time,




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  1. sherry says:

    Wow! The transformation of the front of your house is amazing. I love the blue that you picked out for the front door. Great job with paint.

  2. Martina says:

    This door turned out so gorgeous! I’m loving the new look with the black shutters. Thanks for the awesome paint tips, pinning this one for later!

  3. Marty Walden says:

    Love that color! I think painting the front door changes the entire front of our homes. Great job!

  4. Toni says:

    I can’t believe what a huge change just painting the door and shutters made. I’ve been wanting to paint my front door for the longest time, I think it’s on my to do list now!

  5. Alyssa says:

    Wow this is gorgeous!!! Front doors are the BEST way to make a first impression. Mine is also blue right now but maybe thinking of a change!

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