Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Front Door - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Front Door

The front door completes your home's look. The added touch of style acts as your personal stamp and reveals your personality. Whether the statement you want to make is simple & minimal or elaborate & expressive, there is no better place to make an impact to the look of your home than your front door.

Prefer a classic look? Consider:

Want to go warmer? Try:

Use contrast for great looks

If you have ornate trim and moldings, a brighter, whiter tone can balance out the detail and cut down on visual clutter. Or, for brick homes – consider using light colors for darker bricked homes and darker colors for lighter bricked homes.

Refinish your front door with these steps

  1. Remove your door and place it on a sawhorse outside or in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Remove your door hardware and hinges and cover any glass accents or windows with painter’s tape. Be sure to clean your door's surface with soapy water and a wet sponge. Then, rinse thoroughly with water. Once clean, sand the surface and then wipe it clean again.*
  3. Use a high-quality exterior Paint + Primer with excellent adhesion qualities such as Glidden® One Coat Exterior Paint + Primer in either a Satin or Semi-Gloss sheen.
  4. Apply to the door surface using a foam roller.
  5. Use a foam brush to paint any raised or depressed panels.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Apply** a second coat for a flawless finish using the same technique, starting at the center and ending with the sides.
  8. Let dry. Follow manufacturer directions for proper dry times between coats.
  9. Hang the door, reattach hardware and enjoy your beautiful front door.

* WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust or fumes. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST OR FUMES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a properly fitted NIOSH-approved respirator and prevent skin contact to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting USEPA National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to Follow these instructions to control exposure to other hazardous substances that may be released during surface preparation.
**Stir thoroughly. Apply with a high quality brush, roller, paint pad or by spray equipment. For airless spray application, the minimum recommended tip size is .015” and pressure range of 1500 – 2000 psi. When using more than one container of the same color, intermix to ensure color uniformity. Thinning is usually not required. If necessary, thin with up to 1/4 pint or 118 mL of water per U.S. gallon or 3.78 Liters of paint.
Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.

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