Learn how to paint a new exterior door in a timely manner. You can accomplish this in just a weekend, and with only a few supplies!
Would you believe that the one thing I wanted to do more than anything on my studio was … paint my door?
Seriously. I have been nearly peeing my pants excited about adding such a bold color choice.
I mean, come on. How many pink doors have you met in your lifetime? Not many, right?!
Of course, my husband rolled his eyes when I told him what I wanted to do, but even he had to admit how awesome it looked when it was all said and done.
I bet you’re wondering how I came to this color choice, right? Well, honestly… since my uber-talented husband pretty much did this entire building by himself (isn’t he awesome?) there were quite a few people who thought he was making this pretty little mama for himself. Aka. a man cave.
And you know me. I wasn’t having any of that drama. I wanted to make sure that it would never be misunderstood again. Mission accomplished 😉
How to Paint a New Exterior Door
Here is everything you need to know about how to paint a new exterior door.
- exterior semi-gloss paint (color of your choice)
- foam roller(s) and handle
- paint tray
- painter’s tape
- tarp or canvas (if you need to cover your porch)
1.) Wash the doors
First things first, clean your doors! You can use a sponge and a bucket of water, or even a pressure washer if you have one.
2.) Apply painter’s tape
Tape off your doors and windows so it’ll make painting easier. I have never liked doing this part, but in the end, I am always so thankful that I did. It would have been so much harder if I hadn’t!
3.) Lay out some tarp
Put down your tarp/canvas if you need to ensure your flooring doesn’t get dirty.
As I’m sure you’ve already noticed… I did not. I knew that I needed to sand down my porch anyways so I didn’t even bother.
4.) Paint it up!
There’s really nothing to it when you use a foam roller. Just make sure you are consistent with whichever direction you decide to go. For instance, I just painted in a clockwise fashion. Example: the bottom of my door has horizontal lines and then my left and right sides have vertical ones.
And that’s it! You might need to do 2-3 coats depending on the color that you have selected. Mine took three, and thankfully I only needed to touch up the sides once due to the crazy amount of bugs that got stuck! Ew.
I know it doesn’t look like a big drop off from the picture below, but it’s the edge of the porch which is over eight feet in the air. Kinda scary, but I’ll do anything for a great picture.
Ok, ok. Maybe not anything, but you get the point.
So, what do you think? It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?!
I’m such a dork. I’m completely tickled pink and so is Miss Ava. It’s her favorite color.
Do you love this tutorial? Then you’ll definitely going to go bananas over these ones too!
Whoops. I totally forgot to mention that when it’s all said and done… go ahead and attach your handle set!
I honestly didn’t realize how expensive this little guys were, and opted for a pretty but inexpensive Kwikset Dakota SmartKey Satin Nickel Single-Lock Keyed Entry Door Handleset for $78 at Lowe’s. Not too shabby, huh?
Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, and I’ll catch ya next week!