Painting the front door

I was looking through my pictures and realized that I never shared my newly-painted front door!

Such an easy process that makes a huge difference.  I still get compliments on my front door.

Tape off any windows or hardware you don’t want paint on.

As I was trying to figure out what color the edges were supposed to be painted, I learned that  when the door is partially opened, the side that points outside should be the outside color, and the edge that can be seen from inside, should be the inside color of the door.

The color I used was Full Sun by Valspar’s Eddie Bauer Home collection from Lowes.  I saw the color used by Younghouselove and couldn’t resist.  I love yellow!

I also went with their paint brand recommendation (or perhaps the recommendation made by the Paint Pro at Lowes when they asked) of Valspar Duramax Exterior in a semi gloss finish.

Wipe down the door with TSP to get rid of any grease or oil on the surface.

Then use a foam roller and lightly coat the door.  Thin and even coats will lessen the possibilities for ugly drips.

This is after my first coat–which is pretty good considering the red color that I started with.  In total, I think I put four coats of paint on, waiting about an hour in between coats.

And here is how my front door looks now.

It definitely pops against the navy house color that I had done this last summer.


5 responses

  1. Wow, your door looks great, i love yellow! You did some very interesting projects, i flipped through your posts and am really impressed!!
    One thought though: ever tried to use bigger pictures? i found it really sad that your wonderful projects are not that great to see – but maybe that´s just me getting old an loosing eyesight.. 🙂
    Anyways, again: very impressive projects!!

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  3. I know this is an old post, but I’m majorly crushing on the navy of your house 🙂 Have you found that it looks dirty a lot?

    • Hey Brittany– I don’t actually live in the house anymore, but I had it painted for several years while I did live there and it never looked dirty. Or faded. Honestly, I loved the color from the day we put it up. So much so that my husband and I actually just painted our new house a very similar color!

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