Is your front door looking a little drab? Or maybe you’re just looking for an easy way to give your home a quick makeover? No problem! Spray painting your front door is a super simple way to update its look in no time. And best of all, it’s inexpensive! Here are the steps you need to follow to properly spray paint a front door and get the job done right.
Last summer we completed a large list of outside projects: a new walkway, a new front yard, painting the house, painting the concrete front porch, and adding flower boxes. Now it was time to paint a front door.
The outside of my house was in desperate need of painting and the original metal door had faded from the direct sun shining on it all day long. This is embarrassing to know we let the outside get this bad before taking on our outside curb appeal project.
The door was still in great shape, and I did not want to spend the extra money on a new door. So, I opted to do a front door makeover with paint.
Spray Painting Door Trim
The hardest part was taping and sealing off the trim around the door. I needed to start with spray painting the metal trim before I removed the door. This would keep the spray paint fumes and spray dust outside since the door was still on.
It was very difficult to get a good tape line on the black, so we opted to paint the strip of blue (to the left of the white trim) by hand. The strip of blue became black with the hand-painting using exterior black paint. The white metal section was the spray-painted section.
Spray Painting Front Door
I opted to remove the door to paint it. I thought it would be easier to paint it off the hinges due to the overspray. My decision to use spray paint was because it is oil-based paint and I figured that would hold up longer to the cold winters and daily sun exposure on the front door.
I may have chosen a different type of paint if I had a storm door on the front of our house.
I started on a beautiful day and removed my front door early so it had plenty of drying time between coats. First was taping off the glass windows followed by lightly sanding.
I used a metal primer after thoroughly cleaning the front door. I highly recommend the handy spray nozzle that fits on spray paint cans. This allows you to get better coverage since it is hard on your finger when spray painting. You have more control by using this attachment.
I did 2 light coats of the metal primer and lightly sanded between each coat to remove any dust particles that formed while drying.
Next, I applied an even coat of colonial red and allowed it to dry a few hours before applying the next coat. I applied 2 coats with a few slight touch-ups in sections. The door sat in the shade drying all day before we attached it back on the hinges at about 10:00 pm.
I wanted to make sure the paint was good and dry so it would not leave a line from being closed overnight. Since we do not have a locking screen door, it was a good idea to put my front door back on before going to bed. If I did have a locking screen door, I would have left the door to dry overnight as well.
Here is a close-up of the trim work next to the door. I love my red door and am so glad that I choose red. What color is your front door?
Questions about spray painting a front door
- Can I spray paint without taking my door down? Yes, you do not have to take the door off the hinges to paint. However, you will need to tape off your interior some how. The door opens inward and you will actually be spraying in side your home. This is why I choose to take the door off.
- Can I spray paint my wood door? Yes, you will need to properly prep the door by sanding it down and using a primer that is good for wood doors.
- How many cans of spray paint will I need? I used 1 can for priming and 2 cans for the red color. This was only for the 1 side of the door.
- Why did you prime since you used a prime and paint in one? I wanted to use a metal primer since my door gets direct sunlight all day long. The more protection the better.
- How long did your spray paint last? It still looked great after 3 years. It needed to be painted in year 4, however we moved and the new owners did not paint it until year 5 or 6.
So there you have it! The steps I took to spray painting my front door. I hope you found this post helpful and that you will give spray painting a try. If you’re feeling adventurous, I also encourage you to experiment with different colors and finishes – the possibilities are endless. And if you need any help along the way, be sure to check out my other posts on how to paint furniture like a pro. Happy spraying!
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