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

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.

Front Door Painted with Indigo by Sherwin Williams

Front Door Painted with Indigo by Sherwin Williams

Don’t be intimidated! Here are the supplies you’ll need to paint your front door:


  • Sandpaper – fine grit

  • Paintbrush

  • Low nap or foam roller and roller tray

  • Screwdriver (to remover door hardware)

  • Painters tape

  • Drop cloth

  • Quart of paint

  • Rags

  • Step Ladder


  • Primer

  • Putty Knife (to help remove peeling paint)

Painting my front door

Painting my front door

Prep Work:

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.

Painting a door without removing it.

Painting a door without removing it.

Before and after

Before and after

I choose a bright blue for our front door (ties it in with the lake). We also painted our shutters black.

Choosing your paint color

Choosing your paint color

Welcome Mat

Welcome Mat

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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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