I loved the transformation of this door so much that I had to link it up to BNOTP’s Met Monday! Please go check out the other great before and after’s on her blog!
Project Curb Appeal continues with a freshly painted front door. You’ve seen the back of this door, now painted a lovely blue gray that goes perfectly with the rest of our first floor. The front is now just as pretty, if not more so.
The hardest part was picking out the perfect shades of green for the door and trim. The stucco is a warm yellow (like the yolk of an egg) and the trees are a lovely evergreen, so I knew that the green we chose would need to be a warm, not cool, green with yellow undertones. I ended up choosing Valspar’s Native Henna for the trim and Tarragon for the door. I had them colormatched to Olympic and Glidden paint and they came out perfectly. For the door I chose an exterior satin finish, and for the trim an exterior semigloss. I like the subtle difference in textures right next to each other like that.
Painting the door wasn’t too difficult, although it did take three coats. If you are going to paint your front door, here is what you need to do:
-Wash the door with warm soapy water, and rinse to make sure all the soap is off.
– Remove hardware if possible. If not, tape as closely as possible to the door so the old color won’t show through.
-If your door has windows, tape off your windows as closely as possible
-Begin painting the door from top to bottom, making sure to paint as thin a coat as possible while still getting even coverage.
-Allow recommended drying time before next coat.
-Alternate the direction of your brushstrokes on your next coat to get even better coverage
– Allow drying time again
-When last coat has been applied, remove masking tape. Before removing tape, take a craft knife or razor blade and run it along the seam of the tape to cut the paint from the tape. This helps ensure a smooth finish. Remove the tape, then touch up any spots where the tape pulled off the paint.
-Allow door to cure for 30 days before cleaning.
Now you know how to paint your front door!
Here’s what the front door looked like Before: