Last summer we completed a large list of outside projects: a new walkway, a new front yard, painting the house, and adding flower boxes. So today I am finally going to share how to spray paint the 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.
The hardest part was taping and sealing off the trim around the door. I needed to start with spray painting the trim before I removed the door. I opted to remove the door, just easier to paint that way, and opted to spray paint since my door has a lot of raised panels to paint around.
It was very difficult to get a good tape line on the black, so we opted the trim that by hand. The white section was the spray-painted section.
I started on a beautiful day and removed my front door early so it had plenty of drying time between coats. I lightly sanded the door and removed the dust before beginning.
I used a metal primer, one coat since my door is facing the sun with no shade. I highly recommend the handy sprayer 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 with the attachment.
Also, check out my insider furniture painting tips and tricks if you are wanting to tackle some furniture pieces next.
Next, I applied an even coat of red and allowed it to dry a few hours before applying the next coat. I applied 2 coats and slight touch-ups in sections. I let the door dry all day long and 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.
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?
I always encourage others not to be afraid of messing up those DIY projects that you want to tackle in your home. If you need more courage, check out a few of these other DIY projects we tackled.
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