In our subdivision, lots of houses round here look pretty similar.
So, Memorial Day I treated myself to a pretty curb appeal project by painting my front door. I’ll tell you right now, I’m not a professional, but I got the job done. And I think it looks lots better than the original.
If you want to do the same, here’s what I did:
Start with an ordinary boring door that looks like everyone else’s. Check.
Clean said door thoroughly with soapy water. Take an exacto blade and clean any bug guts, mud, or any other gross stuff off. If you’ve put any vinyl on your door previously, use your blade to remove it, and get some goo gone to clean any left over residue.
Once that’s done, let it dry and start taping off everything you don’t want painted. I taped my door handle (brass, blah. I do want to paint it but that’s a project for another day), the peep hole (for lack of the real name??), and the tiny runner that is actually supposed to be hidden by a kick plate.
Lots of people would prime the door next, but not me. Primer, (as far as I’ve seen and especially spray primer) is just flat paint. So, I saved me some money by buying the $.97 can of flat black and sprayed away. I didn’t want to get the spray paint on the door jam or my walls, so I shoved an old sheet in the cracks before I did it.
Spray the whole thing, make sure you get everywhere pretty even. It doesn’t have to be complete, though, since this is just to make sure that my paint will stick to it.
And then, I got carried away painting that I didn’t take any pictures of me actually painting, so use your imagination and picture the following:
Me, sweating profusely in the Arizona heat, and a front door thirsty for plain old black outdoor paint (that happened to be on clearance).
I used a roller, large and small, to apply the paint. The job took like, a total of 30 minutes. It was so easy, really. So easy in fact, I painted my pantry door too. I’ll show you sometime.
Then, for added interest, if you want, you can add your address in vinyl lettering.
You can purchase your own address decal here.
With paint, rollers, and painters tape, the project cost be under $20 bucks. I love it and can’t wait to paint the other side of this door barn red to match my entertainment center.
So what do you think?
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