A front door serves many purposes, including the main entry point to your home, curb appeal and security. Because a front door does so much for your home, it is important to take care of your door, ensuring that your home looks its best! One of the simplest tasks you can do to improve your door and your home’s curb appeal is to paint your door. This is a simple DIY task that can be tackled in a weekend or can be hired out to a general contractor Rockford IL or professional painters.

If this is a task that you decide to take on yourself, here are the steps you’ll need to follow to ensure your door looks fabulous when you’re done!

Step 1: Select New Paint Color

Before you can start to paint your door, you are going to need to select the color which you want to paint. This can be an overwhelming decision, especially if you are trying to decide between a neutral color or going bold and painting your door a high-contrast color. Start by taping color swatches to your door to help you make a decision. Remember that colors will look different outside than they do inside.

When making this decision, consider what other colors are already being used in your home currently and outside surrounding the door. Considering these other aspects will help you to select a color that will work with the paint you choose instead of clashing with it.

Step 2: Prep Door for Paint

To achieve a professional looking paint job, it is advised to remover all door hardware, including locks and knobs. While you can tape them off and paint around, this does not achieve optimal results. If you are considering replacing your existing hardware with updated hardware, now is the time to do so.

Clean the door thoroughly, including using a palm sander to roughen the flat surface of the existing paint, providing a better surface for your new primer and paint to adhere to. You may need to sand the crevices and around all trim by hand, as most sanders won’t reach in the crevices.

After you have completely sanded the door, be sure to wipe it down with a dry rag to remove all dust.

Step 3: Prime Door

Depending on the final color that you have selected, you may wish to use a tinted primer to save on the number of coats of paint you’ll need. Otherwise, a white primer is easily covered. Apply the primer as you would paint and allow for it to dry completely. Once dried, use a piece of sandpaper and lightly go over the surface to level out any irregularities that might be present in the finish. Use a dry rag to remove any sanding dust that is left behind.

Step 4: Paint Edges and Details

Using a small paintbrush, start by painting any inserts or trim details that are on your door. This will allow for you to paint an even base coast on the remainder of your door. Use your brush to feather out the edges of the paint, this will ensure that there are no drips or run in your paint.

Step 5: Paint Door

With the trim and inserts painted, you’re now ready to paint the rest of your door. Using a small 6-inch roller with a low-nap texture or a high-density foam roller, apply a smooth, consistent coat of paint. Repeat the process until all flat surfaces, including edges of the door, are covered with an even layer of paint. Repeat as many times as needed to achieve the desired look.

Step 6: Install Hardware

After allowing the door to completely dry for 24-hours, you are ready to install the hardware. Whether you are using the existing hardware or new, install and admire your freshly painted door.

Painting your front door can give your home a much-needed boost in curb appeal, update your home or provide a facelift! Regardless of the reasons for painting your door, it is a rewarding project than any homeowner can tackle. If you’d prefer to hire a general contractor Rockford IL to complete the job for you, contact Quality Design Inc. today!