Is your front door becoming an eyesore? It may be time for a front door facelift. There are many ways to freshen your front door, for example, a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to give your home instant curb appeal. However, not all front doors have the same painting process, and some may require more than just a touch-up.
Follow this guide from All-Weather to find out how to transform your front door from an eyesore to a total score!
Things to Consider
If you know your front door needs fixing up, but don’t know where to start, here are a few things to consider:
- What type of door do you have? This is a crucial question to answer before moving forward with any improvements. Different types of doors require different care and maintenance, so be sure to do your research beforehand.
- Is there wood rot? If you have any type of wood rot around your door, it needs to be addressed. Depending on how bad the wood rot is, you may be much better off replacing your door than wasting your time with quick fixes.
- Is the door panel warped? Same as wood rot, if your front door’s panel is warped, it needs to be fixed. This is another instance where considering a new door may be your best option.
If you are looking for a new door, we suggest a fiberglass door because they are pre-finished and ready for installation from our shop. Check out all our other great options on our website and find out how we can help solve your front door needs!
However, for those of you who have a wood door and want to take a shot at DIY here’s how to do it.
Painting for Wood Doors
Step 1: Choose a Color
When choosing a color for your home, pick something that shows off your personality as well as the overall style of your home. Consider all the colors surrounding your home and within your home. For instance, your landscaping, walkways, and other elements leading up to your front door. These elements can serve as inspiration when choosing a paint color.
Also, remember that your front door serves as the first impression for the rest of your home. Pick a color that complements the decor in your home in order to tie it all together from start to finish.
Once you’ve chosen a few colors, tape the swatches to your door and leave them up for a few days to decide. Make sure to look at them in the morning, afternoon, and evening to see how each color looks in different lighting.
Related Read: How to Choose a Front Door Color
Step 2: Time to Prep
The first step to prepping your front door is removing all the hardware. This may seem tedious, but it is much easier to achieve a professional look if you take the time to do this step. If you’re considering replacing your hardware, now would be the perfect time to do it.
Next, you will want to sand your door. We recommend using a palm sander because it roughens the flat surfaces, giving your primer the ideal surface to adhere to. If the palm sander doesn’t reach the small details on your door, you may have to hand sand them.
Once you’re finished sanding, take a dry rag and wipe it down to remove any excess sanding dust.
Helpful Tip: Don’t want to take your door apart? Check out how to paint your door without taking it off its hinges.
Step 3: Prime & Paint
Now that you’ve prepped the door, it’s time to prime and paint! Usually a white primer will do, but depending on the color you choose, you may have to get your primer tinted. Not sure if you need a tinted primer? Find out when to use a tinted primer in this article.
When the primer has dried, lightly run the sandpaper over any imperfections, and wipe away any dust left behind with a dry rag.
When it comes time to paint, start with the details and trim. Once you have hand-painted all the details, you can use a small roller, we recommend a six-inch roller with a low-nap texture, to paint the rest of the flat surfaces on the door.
After a few coats, examine the door and find any imperfections. If you find any inconsistencies, use a brush to hand-paint for a perfected finished product.
Step 4: Last But Not Least – Dry & Cure
You’re almost there! Although you may want to cut corners and put your door back together right away, it is important to give your freshly painted door a full day to dry and cure. After it has had a day to set, all that’s left is putting it back together!
Now it’s time to reattach your old hardware, or attach the new hardware. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to take a step back and enjoy your new front door!