How to Paint Your Front Door & Update Your Home’s Look

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How to Paint your Front Door

Updating the exterior of your home is typically expensive and time consuming. Want a quick fix to change the entire look of your home? Here’s how to paint your front door for some added pizazz that won’t break the bank!

We have been homeowners for less than a month now and already encountered a main sewer line block, a camel cricket infestation in our laundry room and an exploding shower head in our master bath. Ah the joys of home owning…Kidding aside, we are actually mostly enjoying our home owning experience so far and have learned more in 3 weeks than I think I learned my my entire freshman year of college.

The one fun part of home owning is that you can do anything you want to the house without dealing with an angry landlord, because that landlord is you! Our house was actually a flip, so the interior is pretty much done aside from adding our personal flair, but the outside is a completely different story.

The landscaping is a bit of a disaster and while the actual house looks pretty nice, the flippers chose a bright red for our exterior door, which we made the house look a little 1980s. We decided to start small with our outdoor makeover and paint our door a quirky, modern color that was more our style.

Here is the door before: painting-your-exterior-door

How to Paint your Front Door

After much deliberation, we chose Behr Marquee Exterior Paint in the color Wave Top Semi-Gloss. We also bought Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Based Primer in Gray to cover the bright red. Gray primers are much better than white primers at covering dark, bright colors. Obviously if your door is already white (lucky you!) you can skip primer and go straight to the paint.

What you’ll need:

1. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Based Primer in Gray (only buy this if your door is already a dark color)
2. 1 Quart of the paint color of your choice (We used Behr Marquee Exterior Paint Semi-Gloss in Wave Top)
3. Purdy 144080325 XL Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch
4. Painter’s Tape

What to do:

1. Clean the door thoroughly with soap and water and allow to air dry for 10-15 minutes.
2. Tape anything you don’t want to paint such as the door knob, lock, or trim on windows and around door.
3. Apply 1-2 coats of primer as needed to cover the original color. Allow the recommended dry time between each coat as stated on your paint can. Zinsser dried in one hour, which was a nice feature. We tried using a roller brush and found that our Purdy brush worked much better and gave us a hand brushed look. Start with painting any cracks and crevices in the door design and then paint from top of bottom.
4. Next apply 2-3 coats of your chosen paint color, again allowing the recommended amount of time between coats before reapplying. We applied 3 coats, just because the red paint was so difficult to cover. It’s such a small surface that a little paint goes a long way, so a quart of paint should still provide all the coats you need.
5. Remove all tape and then allow to dry and cure the recommended amount of time.
6. Store any remaining paint for touch ups that may be needed down the road.
7. Admire your handywork!

Here is the door after:How to Paint your Front Door

We have been really pleased with the result! How to Paint your Front Door

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