How to Paint Your Front Door and Why You REALLY Should
Partner Post: The Best Paint Colours for Your Front Door
Your front door is the first insight that guests have as to what is going on inside your home. It’s the mouth on the “face” of your home and can speak volumes about your style and tastes (you’d think my door would have a potty mouth…)
Your front door speaks WAY louder than your walls with regards to 1st impression, so what do you think your door is saying? Is it saying “Welcome – come on in!” or is it saying “Bugger off already!” And if your door is really talking to you then you have a WAY bigger problem than just a boring door.
Now if you like little projects then painting your front door is an easy and affordable one to tackle. Depending on what supplies you already have it can cost you as little as $25 or as much as $50 – Good bang for buck baby!
This was the front door of my Online Consulting client. She wanted something a bit more fresh and fun…
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Her curb appeal is MUCH better and she feels like the colour better represents her personal tastes.
Most of the time front doors look best in a dark colour (2nd or 3rd from the bottom on the colour chip).
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty…
How to Paint Your Front Door
- 1 quart of paint (I love Behr Ultra)
- Sandpaper (220 grit)
- Quality paint brush
- 4-5″ roller with tray (fabric roller is best…Home Hardware sells these and they are like the microfiber ones but better)
While this step isn’t mandatory, it will be worth it as it will save you a lot of tedious cutting in and inevitable lap/brush lines in your paint.
Sanding with approx 220 grit sandpaper will break up that surface so that the new paint will stick. Give it a really good exfoliation. If your door is worn out and wretched then you may need to use a medium grit sandpaper (100 grit) to get rid of any flaking product and then a higher grit to smooth it out. If your door is just old and dull then all you need to do is give it a good cleaning and a basic high grit sand to remove any junk that has stuck to the door.
One of the most important parts of the prep is wiping your door to remove any dirt and build-up, especially after sanding. If there’s any oily build up around the handle (from those dirty digits) use a drop of soap or TSP, just make sure to rinse it off well.
Don’t listen to what they say – no paint is fool proof! And while SOME paints have better adhesion than others it is better to be SAFE THAN SORRY! If you want to read more about this topic, check this blog post out… ‘Should I Prime Before I Paint?‘. What I’m saying is that you should prime with a quality primer like the Zinsser brand.
I’ve found that Behr Ultra 2 in 1 Paint (Home Depot) is THE best paint that I’ve found for front doors (and for many other things as it is high adhesion paint). You’ll want to buy the exterior product for durability and it is available in satin or semi-gloss.
- Glossy finish is easier to clean if you’re rough on yer’ stuff and is a nice showy look
- Flat finish is nice and shows fewer flaws, but is not as easy to clean and can look a little bit “dry”
- I personally like the satin finish as it’s right in the middle of the road – cleanable but not too shiny, shows fewer flaws but doesn’t look dry
Now if you live on our wonderful Wet WestCoast, you can paint almost any time between May – October. By starting in the morning you can leave your door open all day, otherwise your paint will inevitably stick to the weather-stripping around your door (which it might do anyway….)
Now you’re probably saying “Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but what colour do I paint it?” There are a few things to consider when picking a front door colour.
Here’s some great tips…
How to Pick a Colour for Your Front Door
Consider your stone or brickwork
Your stone or brick should give you some pretty important clues as to what type of colours would suit your front door…
Before, the blue front door and trim work weren’t doing ANYTHING for the other features on this lovely home.
After, a rich dark burgundy and charcoal trim makes much more sense with the stonework, roof and mortar.
Find a colour that already exists on your home and darken it. Maybe your brick has a nice browny/reddish tone to it or your stone has a dark grey with a touch of green in it.
a) Find that actual colour on a colour strip (strips of paint colours with 5 or so tones/tints of the same colour)
b) Pick the tone that is at 2nd or 3rd from the bottom (I usually choose 2nd from the bottom)
Look at your roof
While the roof is often the LAST thing that we pay attention to when choosing colours, it should be near the top of the list, especially one like this!
Before, while the green was certainly ‘okay’ on this home, once the shingles were cleaned, that green (mossy) hue went away, leaving a more neutral base.
After, the dark gray makes much more sense with not only the roof, but with the stonework and overall look of the home. It was an easy colour to do on the garage door as it wasn’t so colourful that it ‘popped’.
Your shingles can give you a clue as to a great accent colour. If you roof has cooler tones (ie: a greenish/greyish tinge) you can either go with that and choose a dark colour in a grey/purple/greeyn/blueish tone or you can compliment it and go opposite and head towards a dark colour in a red/orange/brownish tone. This is with the hopes that your shingles are cohesive with your stone/brickwork. If they aren’t, then base your front door colour on your stone/brick – not your shingles.
The Perfect White
Sometimes, when a home has the right blend of colours and products, white can be a GREAT solution and in fact, it can be the BEST solution as a colourful door could easily overwhelm a home that doesn’t need it.
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