In a good way! I had a knot in my stomach about doing this, but I am so happy we decided to paint our front door. We were going to just do a post about how to paint a front door the right way, but it turned into so much more. How to remove a screen door and properly patch up the aftermath. How to paint trim. What primer knocked our sox off, and works fantastic. And, how to pick exterior colors that compliment the style of your home. Last but not least, we may have gone mad – because we have so much confidence after painting our front door and trim, that now we are going to tackle the exterior window trim! The past year has been a blur of pregnancy and a new born, a lot of DIY projects got left behind. We woke up last week and put our DIY hats back on, errr, tattoos (fake!). Something inside us is screaming we’re baaaaaaack!
After checking out Pretty Handy Girl’s post about how to paint a door the professional way, and about a 1/2 dozen other blogger posts on the same topic, I took all their advice + my common sense and DIY savvy to put together a plan to paint our front door. The reason for the knots in my stomach were that, if this didn’t go swell, that rounded, solid wood front door is far from cheap. The reason for the paint job, was that the wood finish was starting to chip away, and we wanted a long term solution – and I always wanted a blue door.
Granted the outside looked way more worn than the inside, we decided to paint both sides of the door (which is going to change our entryway decor, a lot). We spent about $100 bucks on supplies, $50 of which was the blue paint alone. I thought that was crazy expensive for paint, but we decided to give a new brand and type a go, and are crossing fingers it’s as good as we hope it will be!
Tools to paint your front door like a professional
The rest of the $50 went towards tools we didn’t have. This is what we bought and what we think about it:
BIN Primer – Super thin, dries really quick, worked really well! Excited to have discovered this. We used two coats on the inside and the outside. Solid purchase. We almost didn’t buy it because the paint has primer in it, but I am happy we spent the extra $14.
Small Roller Pan – We always go back and forth about this being a $2.50 waste of money, but are always happy we pick one up.
Deglosser – We don’t know what it did, or how it worked – but we didn’t sand, we deglossed and have no idea what difference it made – but it turned out great, so maybe the deglosser had a role in that.
Paint Brushes – We bought a few different brands, and they all kind of worked the same. Basically all I am looking for is a paintbrush that doesn’t lose bristles! We found one rogue bristle, and that bristle will haunt me.
Paint – We tried the Behr Marquee paint, I was sucked in by the promises of the commercial. Though we looked at a ton of brands for color, we actually wound up with Behr Cobalt Blue.
How to pick a paint color for your front door that works for your style home
Our process was a bit intense because we knew that it wasn’t just about picking a front door color, but picking an entire color story for the exterior of our home, with the front door being just a page of that story. We looked at a lot of blues.
That last picture is a sneak peek of what the finished blue looks like in real life daylight. So, how did we pick this blue? I think there is this line you can go up to that nods at tradition, but also allows you to be unique and fun when painting your home. We have a traditional 1930 English tudor, which is kinda stuffy in some ways. We wanted to brighten her up, and made her a little more yes-I’m-exquisit-but-I-also-know-how-to-have-fun. We live on that line in life; respect tradition, but bring something you to the table.
The Traditional English Tudor looks like these guys:
Give me a Tudor, and I will take it. I think they are all so beautiful. I have loved almost every single Tudor I have ever seen. Usually they have a mix of stone, brick, wood trim, and stucco and are pretty neutral in color. Our home doesn’t have the brick detail – so we decided against a red door. That’s the only situation I would have really wanted something other than blue. I suppose we could have stained our door, but I was scared of the same situation happening again with the elements beginning to show ware on it.
Modern: Red, Blue, Emerald Green
We are so in love with the blue, and the whole color story we decided on for the whole exterior of our home. So happy we finally are back on the DIY wagon of down and dirty projects! Even with the super humid and hot weather, we cross our hearts to keep going!
Our to-do list is long (and so is this post, sorry!). We started with the door having a screen door in front of it, to removing it, patching, replacing wood, priming, and painting to get here – and we will be back with how we removed the screen door and made it look like one didn’t exist. Now with a stroller in tow most days, no screen door is so good. So so so good.
The tentative too-do list looks like this:
- Get some awesome window boxes
- Figure out what blue flowers will look super pretty by the front door.
- Repair the wood around the downstairs windows.
- Paint the repaired wood to match the front door trim.
- Black mulch the front of the house
- Reimagine the landscaping
- Add outdoor lighting
Have you ever painted your front door a fun color? Thinking about it? Share links and thoughts on the whole pop of color on the door in the comments.