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Monday, July 20, 2009

Dashing Green Door

I loved the transformation of this door so much that I had to link it up to BNOTP's Met Monday! Please go check out the other great before and after's on her blog!

Project Curb Appeal continues with a freshly painted front door. You've seen the back of this door, now painted a lovely blue gray that goes perfectly with the rest of our first floor. The front is now just as pretty, if not more so.
The hardest part was picking out the perfect shades of green for the door and trim. The stucco is a warm yellow (like the yolk of an egg) and the trees are a lovely evergreen, so I knew that the green we chose would need to be a warm, not cool, green with yellow undertones. I ended up choosing Valspar's Native Henna for the trim and Tarragon for the door. I had them colormatched to Olympic and Glidden paint and they came out perfectly. For the door I chose an exterior satin finish, and for the trim an exterior semigloss. I like the subtle difference in textures right next to each other like that.

Painting the door wasn't too difficult, although it did take three coats. If you are going to paint your front door, here is what you need to do:

-Wash the door with warm soapy water, and rinse to make sure all the soap is off.

- Remove hardware if possible. If not, tape as closely as possible to the door so the old color won't show through.

-If your door has windows, tape off your windows as closely as possible

-Begin painting the door from top to bottom, making sure to paint as thin a coat as possible while still getting even coverage.

-Allow recommended drying time before next coat.

-Alternate the direction of your brushstrokes on your next coat to get even better coverage

- Allow drying time again

-When last coat has been applied, remove masking tape. Before removing tape, take a craft knife or razor blade and run it along the seam of the tape to cut the paint from the tape. This helps ensure a smooth finish. Remove the tape, then touch up any spots where the tape pulled off the paint.

-Allow door to cure for 30 days before cleaning.

Now you know how to paint your front door!

Here's what the front door looked like Before:

and After:


thriftylittleblog July 21, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

What a great transformation! I plan on painting my front door soon... it's so hard picking a color!

JennyMac July 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Excellent work! The new color makes a big difference!

Akoss August 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

Jenny, the door looks awesome!! Ours is a very tired white that needs your transformation ;) Great Job!

Sherry Petersik August 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Love that transformation. It's very dashing indeed!


Ashley @ AshleysBusy August 9, 2009 at 6:28 PM  

Great job on your new door! Mine desperately needed a makeover and I happily obliged and painted it blue. :)

I'm having a giveaway on my blog and I'd love for you to check it out :)

Pam @ This Humble House August 9, 2009 at 6:37 PM  

Wow! That looks like a completely different door now!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss August 10, 2009 at 4:56 AM  

This is proof positive that a wonderful paint color can make all the difference in the world! Interestingly, when I first looked at the "before" photo, I didn't even think it was the same door as the "after" photo that was at the top of the post. I actually scrolled back up to the "after" photo to look again and compare! :)

santamaker August 10, 2009 at 5:27 AM  

Your door now looks like a million bucks! Wow!

Mrs. C August 10, 2009 at 6:03 AM  

Great color on the door!

Glenda/MidSouth August 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

Looks great - like the color.

Grits414 August 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

Nice! I am getting ready to repaint my front door.

A Facelift (no not for me) | May 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM  

[…] You can see the old front door propped up against the fence. So glad we replaced that door asap. That was a great project […]

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