May 30, 2015

Front Door Make Over: Before & After

I suppose nothing can top my last post, but I haven't posted a DIY since the beginning of the month and I'd say it's about time!

To kick off my summer of fixer-upper projects, I decided to paint the front door. The heinous looking hunter green is not my taste in the least, and when Matt's mother had her house painted and adorned her front stoop with a fresh, black door, I realized it made all the difference. Of course this means that we'll have to replace the shutters, but one thing at a time, folks.

Front Door Before & After

Front Door Before & After

If you're going to paint your front door, my first piece of advice is to plan to be home. If you do like I did and took your hardware off, you have to wait a considerable number of hours before you can replace it. After I painted the first coat, I sat on a mattress in my living room (long story) thinking of all the places I needed to go and not being able to do so, unless I left the front door wide open - not something I'm comfortable with.

Also, the second hardest decision after choosing your color (I'm not adventurous enough to try a bright, bold color, but I love when people do it right - like here and here for instance), is choosing whether to do latex or oil-based paint. I decided to do oil based to help it stand up to weather because we don't have a storm door. Oil base is something I rarely ever use it and so I painted on a coat without reading the directions because, ya know, it's paint - how hard could it be? But I completely forgot just how looonnnggggg it takes to dry. I am not a patient person and this stuff requires you to wait 24 hours to recoat - and I had plans to put on three coats of paint. So keep in mind, if you're planning on oil based paint for your door - it's going to take a while.

Next, you're going to need to gather some supplies. So let's get to it!

WHAT YOU NEED

Primer (if you're painting latex over oil, or vice versa, you MUST prime)
Exterior Oil or Latex Base Paint (I chose this semi-gloss in black)
2" Paint Brush
3-4" High Density Foam Roller
Mineral Spirits 
Rag to clean up drips/spills
Medium grit sandpaper (or random orbital sander!) 
Bondo or spackle

WHAT YOU DO

1. Start by locating and bondo-ing the dents in the door. We had a few little dings (read: previous owners attempt at decorating) that needed covering, so I slapped on some bondo and let it dry.

Front Door Before & After

2. Lightly sand and wipe down the door. Our door was in pretty rough shape so I used my orbital sander to work off some of the residue left by the previous owner's door decorations and also to make it easier to smooth out the bondo. I then went over with a damp sponge and a clean cloth to remove debris. Eeezy-peezy.

3. Tape! Tape hinges, hardware and rubber around the door. I removed the door knob, but left the deadbolt on and just taped it up really well. Also, as a side note, the reason you tape the door hinges is because the inside jam of the door ought to be painted per front door etiquette (because oddly enough, that is a thing). Alternatively, the part that you see when you open the door to guests (where the lock mechanisms are) should not be painted.

Front Door Before & After

Front Door Before & After

4. Prime! Make sure that you paint in the proper direction, and work in small sections. I went over all of my brush marks with the little roller, which made the application much smoother. I referred to Talitha's diagram from her blog Love, Pomegranate House  for help:

http://www.lovepomegranatehouse.com/how-to-paint-your-front-door/
She's got a great blog - go check it out!
Front Door Before & After

Front Door Before & After

5. After the primer dries, it's time for the first coat (or in my case, to go back and sand a few little spots and then add a first coat)! Much like when you primed, make sure to work in small sections and in the same direction as the diagram shows. Be careful to use the roller to smooth paint lines and drips. I didn't take a picture of this step, but your first coat will probably look pretty awful. Mine made me very, very nervous. But there is still hope! Don't panic. The next coat(s) go on much better and yield a more complete-looking door.

6. Wait. FOREVER. Oil based paint takes 4-5 hours to be dry to the touch and 24 hours before you can paint a second coat. Latex paint takes less time. Just be sure to read the directions so that you don't end up with a goopy-drippy-looking door.

7. Rinse and repeat steps 5 and 6 for a second and eventually, a third coat if needed (I only ended up doing two - thank goodness).

8. Reattach your hardware. I bought a satin nickel kick plate and door knobs. I want to upgrade to a fancy door handle eventually, but they're just so darn expensive! I'm also in the market for a cool door knocker, so keep your eyes peeled for me, Internet.


What do you think? What color are you going to do your front door? I'd love to see 'em!

Front Door Before & After

XOXO


7 comments:

  1. LOVE it! looks amazing and love the color!

    Katie @ www.KatieWanders.com

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    1. Thanks, Katie! The color I picked out (Behr's Limousine Leather - it's beautiful) wasn't available in the paint I ended up choosing. The Home Depot employee who mixed it told me that there was no option for the exterior color. It was just plain 'ole "black" - which made me kind of nervous. But it ended up looking beautiful. So happy with how it turned out! :)

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  2. I found this post to be very informative and helpful. I will have to recommend you to my friends. toolsadvisors.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad it was helpful. The paint is still holding strong, so I feel pretty confident in this tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wow! It is beautiful! My wife also want to paint again the door. I will do the same your way. Thanks! Please share with me when you have new posts.

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  4. I found your post very helpful! Especially the picture of primed door. And description of steps. I went with yellow for my door. I am not sure how to post a picture.

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    1. I'm sure it looks beautiful! I was very tempted to do a bright color, but haven't gotten around to changing my shutters and they look rather odd mismatched as it is! I'm glad my post was helpful! My door is still in great shape. Wishing yours a long life as well!

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