5 MISTAKES TO AVOID when Painting your front door

They say your Windows are the eyes of your home, so does that make your door the mouth?  And the colour the lipstick??  #JustSaying 

Here is a guide with some helpful tips should you decide to paint your front door as well as provide you with all of the mistakes some make in hopes that you will learn from their errors!

MISTAKE #1:  NOT TAKING THE TIME TO THOUGHTFULLY DECIDE ON A COLOR.

Impluse is great... until it's not!  I mention in a lot of my posts how impulsive I can be with projects.  Most of the time this serves me well because I’m not afraid to dive in and get started.  But, there is that occasion that taking just a little longer to weigh your options can be a real time saver.

Please use your time wisely and be certain you love the color before you jump in.  

SUGGESTIONS TO HELP WITH THE COLOR SELECTION PROCESS:

1. SEARCH COLORS YOU ARE CONSIDERING ON PINTEREST.

Search with my trim color, stone color, and landscaping in mind.  All of these things do impact the final result.  Plus, a little pop of color that would look great on a single door… may not be so great on double doors as a little pop can become overwhelming.

2. ASK FOR OPINIONS.

It was so helpful for me to get some opinions of friends, family, and my blog readers.  But ultimately, decide what I could live with every day.  The opinions were great to help me narrow down options, as you may be all over the board initially.

While the aqua color is fun, you can see it does not coordinate with my stone in any way.  Sometimes a pop is a POP and not in a. good way.

This color is a lovely color.  But, there are several things about it not to love.  As I mentioned before, what might look great on a single door is a bit harder to pull off on double doors.

As I’m looking at this picture, the color is great.  The closeup shot is actually nice (overlooking the needed touch-ups).  But, look at the distance shot of the house and you’ll see that it just doesn’t quite flow.  At least, in my opinion.

Unsure?  Keep it painted for a couples weeks or months.  It might grow on you, or it might not.  Luckily to repaint a door is pretty quick.

 

MISTAKE #2:  NOT PAINTING IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION

This isn't a make or break, but to get that professional look, it's a nice tip to keep in mind.

Start with the inside panels, painting the boxes first and then the center panels. From there, paint the middle section of the door, first starting with the vertical, then the horizontal sections. Finally, paint the outer part of the door.

Your brush strokes should be in the same directions as in the image above.

For this project, you can use a small foam roller (for doors and furniture) and an angled paint brush.

MISTAKE #3:  NOT MARKING HARDWARE AND SCREWS PROPERLY.

One thing to do is take off all of the hardware. When removing the hardware, place all of the screws with the parts they went with.  Despite doing this, it can still be difficult to get the hardware back on properly.  If I were to provide any advice in this area, I would suggest being VERY clear what belongs together as soon as the hardware is removed.  Take pictures to refer to as needed so when it’s time to put the hardware back on, you are 100% certain what you are doing.

Taking off the hardware is key to getting a clean look when painting your doors.  It was much easier than I thought it would be.  I highly recommend you take the extra steps for this; you’ll be so glad you did!

Plus, if your hardware needs a little TLC, this is the perfect opportunity to take care of that as well.  Most from door knobs can be in pretty bad shape with regards to the finish.  They can be chipped, painted on, and you name it.  Once it was off, I you can even give  it a light sanding and used a spray paint to match up with your doorbell or other hardware.

MISTAKE #4:  NOT PREPPING PROPERLY.

A little Prep, goes a long way.  Especially for something out in the elements. This is one step that can make or break a project and cause the most headache!

For proper prep, tips on how to and the steps to complete your door check out our blog post 'HOW TO PAINT YOUR FRONT DOOR WITH FUSION MINERAL PAINT' Here.

MISTAKE #5:  NOT PROPERLY TAPING OFF AREAS.

Scraping off the paint would be an easy alternative to taping.  It did work well, but taping would have been a cleaner, more precise outcome.

And with all those tips & tricks, we hope you enjoy the finished Product without too many headaches...

 

 


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