Last summer, I painted our front door a bright, happy green. Ten months later, we’re still in love with the brightly painted front door.
The weekend before last, I got a wild hair and decided to paint the inside of the front door. It’s white – pretty standard – but I’ve seen a lot of colorful doors lately, and I wanted in on that trend.
Before I started, I asked my sweet boyfriend. “Can I paint the inside of the front door?” “Sure, I don’t care.” Best husband ever. He pretty much agrees with everything I want to do. We both like the pop of color the painted front door adds when it’s open, so this project seemed like a no-brainer.
I followed the same process I used in painting the outside of the front door. Cleaned it and deglossed it, then applied thin layer after layer of paint.
I didn’t take any “in the process pictures” because really, it’d just be a repeat of the first door painting experience. With the first two hideous layers, I thought, Oh good grief, I have completely ruined this door. It’s just so patchy! But that’s the deal when you do thin layers. It’s much better for long term durability to do a bunch of thin layers than a few thick, goopy layers.
The results were worth the wait. I love the pop of color. Green (Valspar’s Ivy Pasture) is so pretty.
Bonus update! Last summer, we spray painted all the door knobs in our house oil-rubbed bronze. Definitely an improvement over the blah brass. I thought I’d give an update on the paint’s status. All the knobs are 100% perfect. (Almost) no paint has chipped.
And here’s the front door handle, freshly coated last summer.
But alas, there has been wear and tear. We haven’t got a clue how the front door handle chipped (moving furniture?). The key hole’s damage comes from daily use. And the metal latch plates in door frames are scratched, but we kinda had a feeling that would happen. ‘Tis the nature of spray paint, even with excellent prep work.
I’ll probably paint them again this spring unless door knobs go on a super sale. As for the latch plate, the scratches don’t really bother me, but I’ll probably touch those up and use a tough enamel on top.
So there you go. Another version of a painted front door and a door knob update. Have I scared anyone from trying the spray painted deal? Seriously, I think it’s a great trick, but the clear enamel coat might be a good investment in the future.