Here's How to Paint a Front Door and Make It Last

Kelly Allen
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Photo credit: House Beautiful

From House Beautiful

The easiest way to up your curb appeal? Painting your front door. It doesn’t require hiring a professional, plus, there’s an array of colors to choose from—whether you’re looking for a bold pick or sleek neutral.

If you’re ready to give your front door the stylish boost it needs, we’ve outlined everything you need to make that happen. Blogger Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY shows how it’s done, and the process is pretty straightforward. Promise!

Materials:

  • Paint and primer cans

  • Paint brushes

  • Painter's tape

  • Foam roller and handle

  • Drop cloth

  • Optional: Scraper and sanding sheets

Steps:

  1. Remove hardware on the doo aand use painter’s tape to protect any features you don’t want to paint.

  2. Clean your door to ensure it’s free of debris. If there’s any old paint peeling off, use a scraper to remove it and sanding sheets to smooth out the surface. After you’ve wiped everything down, make sure the door is completely dry.

  3. If you’re not sure what color you want go with, paint a small amount of multiple sample colors on the door to see what they’d look like. Be sure to pick a color that looks good both inside (when the door is open) and outside—and don't forget to check the color under multiple types of light.

  4. Once you’ve chosen a color, use a primer to hide the old paint on your door and make the new paint last. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

  5. Paint along the edges of the door first using a paint brush. Use the foam roller to fill in larger spaces.

  6. Let the paint dry for 24 hours between each coat.

  7. Reattach your hardware, and enjoy your door in its new state.

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