Painting the Front Door

Kevin and I are slowly making improvements on our house as money and time allows. It was a pretty cute house when we moved in about 8 months ago, but had been a bachelor pad for a few years so obviously needed some love and attention! We’re not even close to being finished with the list of projects we’d like to get done, but that’s okay. It’s fun to get to work on things with my husband and so rewarding when we finally get to mark something off the list! The most recent project we did was repainting the front door.

It was a little drab…
And the trim paint had gotten stuck on it.
And the trim paint had gotten stuck on it.

I have recently started to become obsessed with black front doors. I saw a few of them on Pinterest that really stood out to me and made me want one on my house too. So I went for it! I tried to go the cheapest, quickest route I could find and I quickly learned my lesson. I went to our local Lowe’s and bought the only door paint they had. It was Rust-Oleum Door Paint in black. Well this is how that disaster panned out…

The right picture shows the small patch I painted before I realized I shouldn’t go any further. The left picture is a close up.

The consistency of the Rust-Oleum door paint was much like the consistency of spray paint. It was very thin and sticky; so sticky that the tiny fibers from my paint roller were being torn off and sticking to the door. That was, obviously, not going to work. So, my door got to look like this for a good week. I’m sure my neighbors were wondering what kind of odd ball decorating idea I had come up with.

Thanks to my mom, we found a good quality door paint that ended up working wonderfully! It’s called Modern Masters Never-Fades Front Door Paint. I got it in the “Elegant” color, which is black. They have lots of beautiful colors to choose from. I’ve provided the Amazon affiliate link below so you can check them out and see if you can find a color that suits your fancy!

I don’t know about your front door, but mine has a wood core and is wrapped in metal (I’m not sure if it’s aluminum or what). I sanded down all of the imperfections and bumps from the previous times it had been painted, but I felt like it needed some kind of bonding primer since it’s metal. I used Valspar Bonding Primer/Sealer from Lowes, but I’ve found that the X-I-M brand of bonding primers have great reviews on Amazon, so I’m attaching the link for the one I would recommend of that brand also. That way, if you decide to tackle this project too, you can just order everything you need from one place.

I used an angled brush in all of the grooves of the door first, then used a roller on all of the flat surfaces to finish. Don’t forget to unscrew the door handle and take it out before you start to paint also. It’s much easier doing it that way rather than trying to tape around the handle! The end product turned out beautiful and had the perfect satin-sheen finish that I was looking for. I hope yours makes you as happy as mine makes me! 🙂

Isn't it pretty!?
Isn’t it pretty?  Next up, a new screen door!


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