Choosing your paints and buying your materials is the first step toward painting your front door. If your front door is looking a little lackluster, and you are inspired to simply give it a tune-up, try to find a paint color that matches the existing door color. Take a photo and bring it to your local hardware store to get help finding a match. Also, bring color swatches and paint samples home to find the match that works for you.
If you are looking to change the color of your front door, feel free to get creative. Often, front door colors stand on their own, making them the perfect place to experiment with bold pops of color you wouldn’t normally use anywhere else. Get inspired by bright Caribbean blues, playful pinks, spruce greens, sunshine yellows, or earthy terracotta tones. Truly, anything is possible when painting your front door. Alternatively, stay traditional with your color choice or pick a tone that will match the trimming or shutters on the rest of the house.
You’ll want to make sure that the paint you buy is an exterior grade paint. This means that it is more durable and weather resistant and will last longer. It will also serve to protect the wooden door from water damage or rot. You’ll also want to select a paint primer for your door. If your door is metal, get an acrylic metal primer. If your door is wood, then an all-purpose primer should do the trick.
Before you begin painting, you’ll need a few tools. Some important tools are a screwdriver or drill for hardware, a scraper and/or sander, medium-sized paint brushes (one flat and one angled), painting tape, a paint roller, and a paint tray. Also, keep some painting paper or newspapers on hand to catch any dripping or splattered paint. Now, let’s get painting!