The front door of a home says a lot about the family inside. The front door is usually the first thing people see walking up to a home, and color can have a big impact on setting the mood for potential guests.
Putting a fresh coat of paint on an entire house can be quite the undertaking; however, putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door is a great do-it-yourself way to give the home a makeover without investing a lot of time and money.
WikiHow breaks it down into 12 steps to get your front door jazzed up and improve the look of your entire home:
1. Choose the type of paint for your exterior door. Acrylic latex paint is the best choice for painting most exterior doors. It will cover most types of old paint that may have been applied. If you are painting the door for the first time, you could also use oil-based paint.
2. Decide on a color of paint for your door. You can always paint it the same color as before. This assures good coverage. It is sometimes fun to change up the color of your exterior doors to add variety to your decor.
3. Purchase a primer. Using a primer will give the new paint something to adhere to. Priming usually gives better results than choosing not to prime.
4. Remove the door from the hinges. Use a nail to carefully tap the pin from each hinge.
5. Place the door on 2 saw horses or a bench. Check to be sure the saw horses are in an area that will not be harmed by dripping paint. If you are inside a building, you may want to put down a paint cloth.
6. Remove any hardware from the door. Be careful to keep up with any small pieces and where they go back when finished.
7. Sand the door to prepare it for painting. Scrape away any thick paint or flaking paint before sanding. Use a cloth to remove particles left over from sanding. You can clean the door well with mineral spirits.
8. Cover any glass or other non-removable items on the door with painter’s tape and newspaper.
9. Stir the paint in the can with a paint stick to thoroughly mix the paint. Dip the brush into the paint and wipe any extra off on the inside edge of the paint can. If using a primer, stir it the same way and apply it before the paint.
10. Paint the edges of the door first. Next, paint all the panels that are part of the door. A good technique is to then paint from the top of the door to the bottom
12. Replace hardware when the paint is dry and rehang the door on its hinges.
There are some beautiful examples of color-clad, inviting doors on diy network’s 28 Inviting Colors to Paint a Front Door. Check out how to give your home a most welcoming front door.