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How To Paint A Front Door

When we moved into our house two years ago, the exterior doors were all either black or white. And for a color-lover like me, that wasn’t going to cut it. So I decided to paint them all a beautiful pale aqua color and I’m going to share the whole process with you. It’s easy, I promise! So let’s get started.

How to paint an exterior door

How to paint an exterior door materials

Here’s what you’ll need to paint your door:

  • Curb Appeal Paint (see below for color information)
  • Angled paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Old plastic container
  • Mixing stick
  • Paper towels
  • All-purpose cleaner (not pictured)

For my door, I used a combination of different colors. I was painting over black, so I started with white as a primer of sorts. Then I mixed together one cup of Cape Cod Mint with 3/4 cup of Williamsburg Blue.

How to paint an exterior door cleaning process

The first step is to clean your door. The closer it is to a busy street, the dirtier it will be. Wash it with an all-purpose cleaner and then rinse with water. Dry it with a paper towel and then let it air dry while you’re applying the painter’s tape.

How to paint an exterior door painting tape

Apply painter’s tape to any hardware and windows that your door may have. Use a pair of scissors to cut the tape to make nice, square edges. Press firmly along all edges so there is a firm bond between the tape and the surface.

How to paint an exterior door coat of white primer

If you’ve chosen a lighter color and will be painting over a dark door, start with a coat of white as a primer. The beauty of this paint is that it dries quickly – but that also means that you can’t dilly-dally while you’re working. If you’re not careful, the paint will dry partially and putting wet paint over partially dry paint will result in a lumpy mess. So you’ll want to work your way down the door in sections. If you have separate panels or window frames like I did, you should paint those last.