The front of your house is one of the first things people see when they visit. Even little things like plants and decorations can completely change the exterior look of your home. However, the best way to make your house look appealing from the front is to make sure the front door is painted properly. Simply choosing the perfect paint color for your door can say a lot about your home.
Even if you don’t have enough time or money to work on your entire house’s appearance, painting your front door is a good place to start. Painting your door takes much less effort and money than painting an entire house, yet it still makes your home look much more stylish. Therefore, there’s no reason to avoid giving your front door a perfect new paint job to fit your home.
What Supplies Are Needed?
Before you get started, you need to make sure you have all the proper supplies. To successfully paint your door, you’ll need:
- A drop cloth
- A sponge
- A bucket
- Dish-washing liquid
- Dry rags
- A medium-grit sanding sponge
- A vacuum
- Painter’s tape
- Spackling paste or wood filler
- A 1 ½-inch or 2-inch angled brush
- A 5mm roller sleeve
- Paint in your desired color
It might sound like a lot to gather, but with all the necessary supplies, painting your door should be no problem at all. Plus, your door will look perfect as a result.
Tips for a Smooth Paint Job
To make your door look as ideal as possible, there are certain procedures that will give it the smoothest paint job. First of all, it’s easiest if you take the door off its hinges and place it on a pair of sawhorses. If you don’t have a glass door or storm door, make sure to place something in front of the doorway such as a tarp. This will prevent children or pets from wandering outside and stop debris from blowing inside.
If you choose to paint outside, it’s best to do so either early in the morning or in the late afternoon. This is because direct sunlight can speed up the drying too much, which can cause bubbles in your paint. Also, make sure you check the weather before beginning the project.
Before you even start painting your door, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the door with the dish-washing liquid to get rid of any dirt or grime. Then, wipe it down with dry rags afterwards.
Once your door is clean and dry, lightly sand the door’s surface with your sanding sponge. Make sure to vacuum up any dust and use a rag to clean the area if necessary. If you follow these tips closely, you will get a nice, smooth paint job as a result.
The Finishing Touches
Before you move forward, you should cover the hinges with painter’s tape to protect them. Then, you’ll need to prime your door before you start painting. Also, cover any small dents with spackling paste and fill in any larger holes using wood filler. Once those are dry, sand your door again and clean your area as you did before. Now, your door should be in perfect shape for a new paint job.
Make sure you have a drop cloth beneath your door to prevent paint from getting everywhere. Then, you can begin painting. The first thing you should do is paint the more detailed areas of the door, such as grooved areas or an area around a window, with your angled brush. Then, a 5mm roller sleeve should be able to cover the rest of the surface.
After you apply the first coat, you’ll have to wait two to four hours for it to dry, depending on what type of paint you used. Then, it’s time to apply a second coat the same way. Once the second coat is dry, you can put your door back in its place. However, hanging a door can be a difficult task for just one person, so you will likely need to ask someone for help.
Once your door is back in place, you’ll have a beautifully painted door that will make the whole front of your house look more polished. A properly painted door can bring a whole new look to your home and really make it come to life. Therefore, if you’re looking for an easy way to bring more design to your home, try painting your door a more suitable color.
Painting your house can feel like a big responsibility, but with the right contractor, you won’t have to worry. Painting a door is one thing, but painting your entire house can be overwhelming, especially choosing the perfect color. Contact Brad McDonnell Painting and Decorating to help your next painting project come to life.