The front door of your home is often the first thing people notice about your residence. Decorating your front door with decorative touches and a fresh coat of paint can certainly leave the right impression with passersby and visitors.
Painting your front door requires preparation if you want to be successful with the finished project. Be sure to gather your materials prior to painting to ensure you have what you need to do the job right. You want a drop cloth underneath your painting area to protect your foyer floors or carpeting. You will also need to invest in a good quality paint that is suitable for your front door and will not be compromised by the outdoor elements. Your paint choice will be based on the material the door is made of for optimum quality.
Choose a front door color that is attractive and compliments the rest of the outdoor décor of the home. If painting both sides of the door, consider the color scheme indoors as well. For the front door, you can go traditional or you can spice up your space with a brighter, bolder color.
Select a day to paint your front door that is sunny and will promote the proper drying of paint. If you have a storm door, you’ll need to prop it open for better drying time. If the weather is damp or rainy, your paint will not properly dry and can even run if the paint gets wet. This will result in noticeable streaks.
Once you have applied the first coat, follow the manufacturers’ directions for drying time before applying subsequent coats. Your front door is front and center so you will want to do a great job the first time. Be sure to store left over paint in a cool, dry area. Mark the top of the can with a note that it goes on the front door in case you need any touch ups in the future.