How to Paint a Front Door

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I have finally been able to get my front door painted. It has been on my to do list for quite some time now and I thought I would share some simple tips for painting your own front door.  It doesn’t take long and makes a huge statement! 

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#1. Evaluate what color would look best with your homes surroundings.  I love the look of bright blue doors but our house has a natural rock front and the blue’s didn’t seem to go well.  Bring home paint samples if necessary and see which color looks best against your siding, brick or landscaping you may have.  We ended up going with one of Behr’s 2016 Color Trends and chose the color Opus T16-20 . I ended up loving the color even more than I thought I would!  It goes perfectly with the stone wall on our home. 

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#2. Remove hardware if desired.  Removing the door knob and lock definitely makes things easier but it is not absolutely necessary to get the job done. 

#3. Sand, Wash and Prep your door.  Lightly sand your door to remove the old paint and to help your paint stick better to the door. Wash any remaining dirt spots that need to be removed.  Prime your door if needed.  With Behr’s Premium Plus I actually didn’t need to prime and the paint went on smoothly and only required two light coats. 

#4. Paint the details first.  If you door has any designs inset into the door you will want to paint those sections first.  Then lightly roll or brush the paint on the rest of your door making sure to catch any drips that may occur.  Allow to dry according to the directions of your paint and re-apply a second coat if needed. 

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#5. Reattach door hardware. Once your door is completely dry reattach your door hardware. 

I added some fun pumpkins and a pretty fall wreath for some more pops of color and it looks great!

Color Trends Door-20

Here are some fun before and after shots:



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  1. The problem I always have with exterior doors is that they never dry and cure enough so that I can close and look at night.
    I really can’t take the door off completely. Did you run into this problem ? If not what did you do? Thanks

    1. This is my concern!! How do you manage to get it painted and have it dry enough to close and lock up for the night. How long does it take to dry? I then imagine all the heat and or A/C that escapes while you have the door open to paint it.

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