How To Paint A Front Door

Painting your front door can be a fun and easy project. It can transform the look of your home and EVEN improve its market value! However, before you jump right in, there are a few things we can help you with.


Lets start with the fun part… picking your paint!

In regards to colour, we would always recommend that a front door should be a statement. Whether you want dark and mysterious, trendy pastels or something bright – here you can let your personality speak and creativity flourish.  Browse below for a better understanding about the colour options available:

  • Welcome visitors with a cheerful yellow front door. Often identified with happiness, high energy and warmth, a lively yellow can brighten otherwise gloomy exteriors.

  • One of the most moving colors, red is known as a color that brings life, power, passion and strength to its surroundings. Bring its vitality to your home by painting your front door a statement-making red.

  • If bright red feels too audacious for your home, deepen the hue for a more crimson tone. More refined and sophisticated than brighter reds, certain shades of this deep red can work almost as neutrals.

  • Orange is one of those colors that can go wrong really quickly. But don’t let that stop you — with the right complementing tones, small doses of orange can look quite modern and welcoming.

  • Play off your surrounding landscape or introduce a new, refreshing color by painting your front door green. Whether olive, mint or lime, there’s bound to be a shade of green that can fit into your exterior palette.

  • Although it’s often seen indoors, more vibrant shades of blue rarely make an appearance on exteriors. Shake things up by pairing a bright blue with a natural or neutral exterior for an unexpected welcome to your home.

  • As with orange, using too much purple can veer toward gaudy very quickly. Stick to a small dose and try purple on your home’s front door. Whether you like warm or cool tones, purple can — surprisingly — complement almost any exterior palette.

  • Always classic, glossy black doors make an elegant statement. Use other exterior accents to help tie a black door into the rest of your home’s design.

 

Once you have settled for a colour, you can move to the finish.

Whilst an ‘eggshell’ finish (15% sheen) is very popular, a traditional gloss finish (80% sheen) is truly recommended for front doors. A gloss finish tends to put up well against the general wear-and-tear that a front door will encounter. Now you have selected a finish, you need an undercoat that matches the same base of your finish. This will give you a greater depth of colour and a water-based paint will not be a match made in heaven for an oil-based undercoat.


The third part we can help you with is preparation.

Now you have picked a colour, don’t just grab the nearest paint brush and attack your door. Ideally, you want to plan ahead and watch the forecast. Painting a front door does mean that you are working to, and around, the elements. Ideally you want to put a weekend aside where you are confident that the elements are going to be warm and dry for at least 24 hours. This will give you enough time from preparation to drying to ensure that your hard work isn’t spoilt!


The Shopping List

  • 1 x tin of exterior gloss or eggshell paint

  • 1 x tin of matching undercoat & primer

  • 1 x good paint brush OR roller (we prefer a paintbrush. It gives a more ‘hand-painted’ look)

  • 1 x flathead OR Phillips screwdriver

  • 80 – 120 grit sandpaper

  • Masking tape


The Method

  • Step 1 – Preparation. Remove all fixtures, such as door knobs and knockers, using your screwdriver. If you are unable to remove some fixtures, you can simply use some tape to protect them.

  • Step 2 – Sanding. Now you are not having to work around fiddly metalwork you are ready to remove all of the existing paint. Put in some elbow grease and sand your door down to a smooth surface. The hard work will pay off… We promise!

  • Step 3 – Priming. Once your door is smooth, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust. It is now ready to receive the vital undercoat. They key part here is to apply this like you would any paint. Work in smooth strokes going along the grain from top to bottom.

  • Step 4 – Painting. After a busy morning, you are now ready for the fun part. *Carefully* open your tin and apply the first coat of paint, again, working from top to bottom and with the grain. As always, for the best colour results, we do recommend a second coat of paint. Allow the final coat to dry overnight and wake up in the morning and prepare to be amazed by the results!


Your front door will be the first aspect of your home that guests will notice – so lets make it the one they will not forget!