Painting My Front Door Blue
Our poor front door was looking a bit rough after we moved in, it is still a very solid door but its age was starting to show. There were some noticeable cracks likely caused by the intense summer sun, this door faces south-southwest so it gets ALL the sun. At first we thought about replacing the door with a classic 6-lite craftsman fiberglass door, but after pricing it out and looking at the required tool list, plus flying my handyman down for this project it just wasn’t feasible. Then, I briefly entertained the idea of just re-finishing it, but I REALLY wanted a fun colorful door. So after doing a bunch of Pinterest research I decided to dive into this project while J was away for work (welcome home to a new front door color!).
If your door is old but very solid like mine is, patch the cracks and holes in your door. I started out with a wood glue and a small putty knife to push the glue into the cracks. After it was dry I then used a fine grit sand paper to sand that down. I followed up with a little patch and paint for the larger crevices. After it was dry I sanded that down too. I sanded the whole door with a sanding block before I primed.
Remove the locks and put plastic down. I cut in with a paint brush, use a small roller to do the larger surfaces. Follow this tutorial for where to start painting the door. Follow your primers instructions for drying time. I gave mine a day and I only did one coat. I did my research and this primer really was the best one recommended.
Start painting your door! I think I wound up doing three coats, I also only did the outside of the door. The inside of the door was in pretty good shape. I just need to touch up the cracks with a stain pen and some new glossy polyurethane. I went with the Modern Masters paint, 1) I liked the color options and 2) the fast drying time, 3) there’s an app that you can download to ‘test’ out the colors before you commit. I chose the peaceful color, I wanted a blue, but I also wanted something that would look good in all seasons with different porch decor.
Step 4 (optional):
Update the hardware. We went with the Kwikset Smart key Cameron in satin nickel. With the smart key option we were able to re-key the front door without paying for a locksmith and if we decide to rent the house out later being able to re-key the house for different tenants is kind of nice. This smart key option also allowed us to do the back door with the same key.
You’ll notice in this picture I still hadn’t done the top brass deadbolt, that lock involved a bit a tweaking to replace. #oldhouseproblems?
Step 5 (optional):
For a little bit more pizzaz and curb appeal, I installed a kick plate that compliments your new door color and hardware. It was super easy to install. I just taped into place with blue painters tape, used a small nail and hammer to start the holes that lined up with the holes on the plate and then screwed the wood screws into place with a cordless drill.
Step 6 (optional):
Eventually we’ll get around to updating our trim color and adding more weatherstripping to the door. I can tell there are a few places that I’ll need to touch up the door as well.
The door mat is from IKEA and the wreath is made by me.
Who else has tried painted their front door? What color did you go with?