Painting your front door is one of the easiest ways to enhance your property’s curb appeal and change up your home’s look. Front doors are often overlooked when it comes to home maintenance, but a new coat of paint can make a big difference. Here’s a rundown of how to paint a front door without taking it off the hinges.
1. Choose a Color
You will need to decide what color to paint your door. Tape paint swatches to your door and look at them in different types of light. Make sure the paint options you are looking at are labeled as exterior paint and not interior paint unless you have a glass storm door protecting your front door from the elements.
You can get acrylic resin or latex-based paint, but latex-based tends to resist chipping a little better. Semi-gloss paint is usually ideal, as it’s easy to clean and can stand out against the other colors of your home.
2. Gather Supplies
Your next step is to gather supplies. Generally, you can cover a door with approximately one quart of paint. You may need more if you’re switching from a dark color to a light color. You’ll need primer unless the paint you choose is an all-in-one formula that includes it already. To apply the paint, you’ll need an angled paintbrush. A roller can also be useful. Be sure to get a drop cloth and painter’s tape, too.
3. Wait for Nice Weather
Since your door will have to remain open to dry properly, it’s best to begin this project when the weather isn’t too hot, too cold or too windy. You should also try to start in the morning so you can close the door at night.
4. Clean the Door
Now it’s time to prepare your front door for painting. Remove all the nonpermanent hardware to make cleaning and painting easier. Scrub the door with an all-purpose cleaner to remove any dirt. If you notice any big cracks, you’ll want to fill them in before taking the next steps.
5. Sand and Prime
Use a scraper to remove any loose or flaking paint. Then, sand the door until it is smooth. You can put a drop cloth down to protect the floor and use painter’s tape to protect any hardware or glass panels. If you need to use a primer, now is the time to do so. After you’re finished priming, let the door dry for a whole day.
6. Apply the Paint
Start by using a paintbrush on the trim work and details of the door. After that, paint the rest of the door with a paintbrush or a roller from the top down. You must allow the door to dry completely before applying a second coat.
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