I was invited, along with 22 others, to participate in the Modern Masters Door Challenge. Modern Masters & Rust-Oleum sent us each two quarts of paint to makeover our front door. This has been on our to-do list for a while (well..since we moved in). And this is seriously such an easy project that will add so much curb appeal to your home!
We actually have two front doors. One leads into our living/dining room and the other leads into the kitchen. The one that leads into our living/dining room is very large and has two paneled windows on either side of it. It’s painted a deep red but was clearly painted with the wrong paint because it’s crackled over time. Our side door leading into the kitchen had never been painted and was an ugly primed grey.
I knew I was going to need to sand down the existing paint for this front door makeover but I didn’t realize how thick it was. We ended up having to strip the door in the rain and freezing weather, and it’s still a work in progress. Not to worry though, because our other front door was ready for a coat of paint.
Front Door Makeover: Before
Yikes. I didn’t realize how bad this door was before the front door makeover challenge! I scuffed up the surface with 120 grit sandpaper. I just barely sanded the surface! Now it was time for paint.
Front Door Makeover: Modern Masters Paint
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We chose the color “Passionate” because it was a deep red. Our old farmhouse is yellow with a green metal roof, so our front doors needed to stand out but also look like they belonged on the house. Red has always been a color that reminds me of home so I knew it was going to be perfect for our front door makeover! Rust-Oleum mailed us two quarts, but for this one door we didn’t even use half a quart!
Front Door Makeover: Materials
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I am in no way a professional, and these are just products that I chose to use. If you’ve used other painting tools before that you like, feel free to substitute those here too! This paint is super easy to work with, and you’ll want a smooth roller to be sure that the paint goes on super smooth with no streaks.
Front Door Makeover: Tutorial
I put together this handy diagram for you to help you follow along. There are not “rules” per se for painting your front door but painting with this technique will help the process go by faster as well as make sure that you’re not brushing over previously painted areas as they dry.
Use your paint brush in the angled and hard to reach areas, as well as for trimming along the sides and edges of the door and around the knobs and window. If you don’t have a steady hand, feel free to use painters tape to tape off the areas you don’t want to get paint on.
Once you’ve brushed your hard to reach areas, use your foam roller to roll the rest of the door! This is what makes this process go by so fast and so easy!
Because I chose red and we all know red is a hard paint color to cover with, my door needed three coats of paint. The verdict from other bloggers is that theirs only took two coats of paint in other color. Either way, I didn’t even use half a quart of paint for this door! I let each coat dry an hour before recoating. It even rained the night that we finished the door, and the paint still looks good as new!
Front Door Makeover: After
What do you guys think of the color I chose? Have you ever used this paint before? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below! I’ll be sharing our other front door makeover soon so stay tuned!