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How To Paint Your Front Door In 6 Easy Steps

Fashion a fabulous front by painting your exterior entrance

The front door starts and completes your home's look. The added touch of style acts as your personal stamp and reveals your personality. Whether your statement is simple & minimal or elaborate & expressive, make a huge impact on the overall look of your home with your front door.

Remove The Door

This first step will save you time and hassle

Remove your door from its doorframe and lay it down on sawhorses. Set up your workspace outside or in a well-ventilated area inside your home. Removing it from its hinges will make the application process easier and more efficient for you. Plus, you won't need to worry about dripping paint on your  interior or exterior walkway. 

Prepare Your Surface

Create a simple painting surface

Remove your door's hardware and hinges. If it's not too much hassle, remove the door knob as well. Cover the edges of any glass accents or windows with painter’s tape. Taking this time up front will make the actual application of paint much easier. Just be sure your tape is securely attached and fully pressed down on the creases where your wooden door and glass accents meet.  

Clean The Surface

Take care of your door's wear

Clean your door's surface with a wet sponge or towel, ensuring that you're removing any dirt, dust and grime that builds on high-traffic surfaces (like your front door). Allow for the wetness to dry. Lightly sand the surface of the door and then wipe it clean again with a damp towel. Allow for the wetness to dry once more. 

Apply A Durable Paint

Use paint that wears and looks great

Use a high-quality exterior Paint + Primer in One with excellent adhesion qualities such as Olympic® ONE™ Exterior Paint in either a Satin or Semi-Gloss sheen. Apply to the door surface with a foam roller. You can easily cover the larger flat surfaces with this method. If your door has raised accents or depressed creases and panels, use a smaller foam brush to cover the parts a roller can't cover well. Let freshly applied paint dry.

Apply A Second Coat

Cover flawlessly with a coat that will last

Apply a second coat for a flawless finish using the same technique as your first coat:
  • starting at the center and ending with the sides, apply your paint with a foam roller in an even coat across the surfaces
  • fill in any missed edges, depressions or raised accents with your foam brush
Let fresh paint dry. Follow manufacturer directions for proper dry times between coats.

Reattach Your Door

Place your beautiful new door where everyone can see it

Remove any tape from your door. Reaatach any hardware, hinges and the doorknob if you removed it at the beginning. Your door should be fully assembled and dry now. Place your fresh looking door in its final position at your entryway.

Now Enjoy Your Great-Looking Front Entrance

There you have it! A few simple steps and a little bit of time turned your old door into a fresh-looking home enhancement. Feel free to use this process on all of your doors, whether they're interior or exterior doors. Just remember to use an interior paint, like Olympic ONE® Interior Paint, if you choose to do your home's interior doors.

Visualize your front door with new paint colors by using our digital paint visualizer. Upload a photo, choose your paint colors, and then instantly see your existing door in brand new colors.

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