June 5, 2013

How to Paint An Exterior Door


I've had a hard time finding a colour I like for my exterior doors. Our siding is a greyish sage green colour that doesn't go with much. Originally, I painted the doors burgundy, but that wasn't really my style. I tried black, too stark. I settled on beige for a couple years, and lived with it.

This year the doors were *finally* in need of a new coat of paint so I jumped at the chance to try a new colour, and oh.my.word I like it. A lot.

Anyways, in my extensive painting and repainting of every paintable surface in my home I've learned this: With paint, you get what you pay for. Quality paints go farther, smooth better, and dry harder.  Buy a good quality exterior paint and primer combo.  I used Valspar Duramax in"Sun Spark". Did I mention I lovelovelovelovelove it?



Start by sanding your door with a fine sanding block. You just want to rough up the surface a bit so that the new paint adheres well to the door. Dust it with a damp cloth and allow to dry thoroughly.



Tape off any parts of the door you do not wish to get paint on.


Using a good quality paint brush, apply two thin coats of paint to the door, starting in crevices and decorative pieces and then do the flat areas. Allow to dry about one hour between coats.


Apply one more coat of paint, this time with small roller to avoid visible brush marks. I prefer foam rollers for this, but I was out of those and used a microfibre one I had on hand instead.  


Once dry to the touch, peel off the tape and step back to enjoy your happy new door!


Or go paint two more of them.....


 

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24 comments:

  1. I actually have a door to paint this week, so this post was perfect for me today! Also, I LOVE the yellow! So cute!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL!! I am actually planning on painting our front door this summer as well ~ and pretty much that exact colour, too!! I wish our siding had colour like yours, even if it's been tough to find a colour that works well with it. Ours is boring ol' WHITE. :P Thanks for the tips.

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  3. love that colour! it's so welcoming and vibrant.

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  4. waouh i love it!!!
    i am a regular french reader totally fond of your blog.
    thank you whole-heartedly .
    Fabienne

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  5. Oh, that is SUCH a happy color! I love it!

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  6. Very bright colour! The doors look great Kelly.

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  7. this is awesome- I've been wanting to do this. I need some major curb appeal and you've inspired me to go for it!!

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  8. Brilliant colour and very welcoming! Top job. :)

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  9. What a happy sunshiney color to greet you now! I only know you through your blog and even I can see that this color seems much more "you." I love it. I bet the kids love it, too. :)

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  10. Looks amazing! And grey and yellow are a really trendy combo right now. :)

    I want to paint my door in a great show-stopping colour, but I don't know what to choose. Our brick is a gross beige, which oddly enough just doesn't go with any colour!

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  11. So pretty and such a happy color!

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  12. I can't believe it's not teal! :) Love it!!

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  13. Hi Kelly, thanks so much for the info. I am so glad to see that you did not have to take the door off. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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  14. It's like you're in my head and know what projects I'm thinking to tackle next the past little while! Thanks for the post, Kelly! Your door looks so nice and cheery!

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  15. I love, love, love, love the color! If I were not renting right now I would go buy paint today and paint my door that color! Thanks for sharing. I will save the tip for someday when I have my own place and can paint my door! Looking at yours makes me feel happy!

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  16. Your doors are crazy!!! And I love them!

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  17. You chose the perfect colour, in my opinion! So happy and fresh for a young busy family... I love it. :)

    PS how's the patchwork sofa project coming?

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  18. Wait, not TEAL??!! ;o) I think it looks fabulous and perfect for summer.

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  19. Teal would have looked really good with tan =) But I do love yellow!

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  20. I should surely say that your choice is amazing. The door is really looking very nice just as I had as Fiberglass doors Brampton for my house. Also it has been many years now and it hasn't faded a bit till now.

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