How to Paint Your Front Door in 5 Easy Steps

Your front door is an introduction; it is your home’s face to the world outside, and sets off your home’s image. A fresh coat of paint could reinvent your front door by and make a statement. The new color will make the front door look more inviting and attractive even if painting is messy work. There is a range of colors to choose from depending on your individual style; classic, cheerfully bright, bold, unusual, or sober shades. The end result will personalize your door and give it individuality.

Painting the front door can be exciting even though it is hard work. But you need to go about it in the right way for winning results. There are some rules and steps you should follow so that the entire process and outcome will be smooth.

First Things First

The first step is to decide on the color, type of paint, and organize and buy all the tools and paraphernalia that you will need, according to your budget considerations. The paint quality should be excellent and durable since front doors bear the brunt of weather conditions. You can select from latex or oil based paint, depending on the material the door is constructed. Choosing the time of the year is important and spring or autumn is considered as most comfortable. Keeping pets and children away from the scene and working alone or with a family member will help.

Remove the Door

To make the job easier and convenient, remove the door from the hinges and remove all the hardware and glass (if any) from the door. This includes the door knob, kick plate, and door locking set among other items. Use tape to cover areas you don’t want painted. Place the door on a bench or 2 sawhorses in an area where the paint can dry easily and should be free from dust and disturbance. Cover the area with newspapers or cloth to prevent too much of disarray and mess.


Preparation Work

If you want professional results for your door it is a good idea to clean it with damp cloth and sandpaper uneven areas and flaky paint, before you start the paint work. Dents can be filled with wood putty or filler and sandpaper dust remains need to be cleaned with a moist cloth. There are products available for removing the gloss of latex painted doors which can be used to prepare for new paint. Get rid of the dust and dirt and use a latex and oil based primer first and let dry, so that the next color will glide on evenly. Scuffing the door with sandpaper is recommended for better painting results. Primers can be used twice for the door for the paint to glide on uniformly. Four or six inch synthetic rollers can be used.

Painting Work

Painting the front door, can start from the edges, then panels can be done including the inset and raised types, and in between and then remove brush marks. Some homeowners may prefer to start from the center and then deal with the sides or work their way from top to bottom. It is all about individual comfort and ease. You can then start over and give the door a second coat of paint for an unblemished effect. When you are on a break keep the paintbrushes in plastic to stay moist and not dry out. Angled paintbrushes are good for those edges and to use around hinges.

Reinstall the Newly Painted Door

Finally let the paint dry for a day and your door is ready for use. To reinstall replace the hardware that was removed and hang the door, back into its place. Add potted plants on the sides, door embellishments such as lights or name plates, to add your personal style.

After the entire hard work step back proudly to view your newly painted front door and you can take a much needed break. You will love and enjoy the fresh new look!


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