With the cooler temperatures and upcoming holidays, it’s the perfect season to upgrade your curb appeal. One of the easiest ways to give your home a fresh new look is by simply painting your front door! It’s a simple change with maximum impact. I have been wanting to paint our door ever since we moved in this past March. It’s kind of a funny story, actually…in our former home, I had a reddish colored front door that I absolutely hated for about 12 years. Finally, one day last spring, I just went out, got some pretty teal paint, and changed it myself. I absolutely loved it! For a few months, that is, until we decided to put the house up for sale. We found a new home, and guess what. The door was the same red color I had just gotten rid of. Ugh!
I wasn’t about to wait for years this time around! I decided to give it a makeover as soon as possible. In fact, I was so anxious that I got started less than half an hour after my paint arrived! I chose to use Modern Masters Front Door Paint for my project, because I loved the color choices and the fact that it’s premium quality, water base, non-fading paint formulated to retain it’s color clarity season after season. Mine was provided by Modern Masters, but Front Door Paint is available at HomeDepot.com and selected Lowe’s stores nationwide. Here’s how I used it to give the front of my house a face-lift and you can too! It’s super-easy, promise!
1. Choose your color.
This first step is actually the most important! Make sure you choose a color you like that also complements your home. I’d have loved to go for “Tranquil,” the teal shade, but it wouldn’t have worked well with the light blue siding and reddish shutters. The deeper blues, on the other hand, were great choices. My favorite thing is that not only does Modern Masters offer a color palette of 25 shades, you can actually try them out virtually on your door before you make your selection by using their free app, Door Paint!
All you have to do is search for Door Paint in the app store and download it onto any device. Then, with the app open, take a photo of the front of your house. The app will guide you to select the area of the photo that’s occupied by your front door. Then, with a simple tap, you can change that area to be any of the colors in the palette! I had a hard time choosing between “Calm,” “Serene,” and “Peaceful” when I was just looking at the website, but with the help of the app, I was quickly able to determine that “Peaceful” looked the best with the other colors of my home. It’s seriously a great app, especially if you’re a very visual person like I am!
2. Tape off the handle and any other areas you don’t want to paint.
Once you have your paint in hand, make sure to do your prep work like putting down dropcloths and taping off the areas you don’t want painted. I’m terrible about this because I’m impatient and I just like to go at it with the color, but good prep goes a long way.
3. Apply a coat of primer.
If you’re starting with a previously painted door in good condition and the product on it is water based, you are ready to start using Front Door Paint once you have cleaned and dried the door. If you’re starting with unfinished wood, metal, factory painted doors, or doors previously painted with oil based paint, you’ll want to use a coat of acrylic primer first. Since I wasn’t sure what type of paint the previous owners had used, I went ahead and applied a coat of primer to be safe.
4. Paint several coats of color, letting the door dry completely in between.
Personally, I gave my door three coats of Modern Masters Front Door Paint using a wide high-quality synthetic bristle brush. Once your door is totally dry, you’re done; no need to seal or do anything else but enjoy!
My job wasn’t done, though, because there’s an area outside that was also painted in that same red…it had to go! I followed the same steps for this small section…prep, prime, and paint!
I am absolutely thrilled with the transformation! Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before and how it looks now. What a change!
I think Peaceful is a great name for this color, because that’s how I feel when I look at it. I’ve been working on getting ready for fall with a new DIY wreath and some flowers, which I think look great with the pretty blue in the background.
What about you? Does your home need an update? Why not boost your curb appeal with this simple, quick project? It takes less than a day and makes a huge difference!