The exterior of our house is sort of drab with its beige siding and black shutters and front door. To give it a pop of color, I decided I wanted a green front door.
First, I had to pick the color. Ergh. After staring at different shades for too long, I chose Ivy Pasture by Valspar.
I got a quart of the color in the semi-gloss Duramax formula. Valspar Duramax is an exterior paint, so it’s perfect to paint the front door with. To prep the door, I stripped it of its hardware (more on that later) and wiped it down a couple of times with a liquid deglosser.
The deglosser strips the existing surface of its glossiness so the new paint adheres better. The Duramax is a primer + painter so I skipped the primer and went straight to painting my green front door.
I used a brush to get into grooves and a high density foam roller to smooth everything on the flat surface. Applying paint in thin, even layers is key, since thick layers will potentially drip and take longer to dry. After the first layer, I was kind of regretting my green front door decision…
Then three layers later (with drying time between), we had a wonderfully green front door!
I left the door open for a few hours to let the paint dry then installed some spruced up hardware. Pretty easy. Duramax is low-VOC and latex-based, so it’s minimally smelly and brush clean up is effortless.
This is a less-than-awesome photo of our new green front door. I need to take one zoomed out so you can compare the before and after properly!
Any door painting in your house? Lots of black interior doors have been popping up on my Pinterest lately. Interesting. As you can see, we switched up the door hardware. I’ll give you the play-by-play on that one later this week.