Before we even moved into the house, I knew something had to be done with the front door. It needed to make a statement. And after years of renting, nothing says “we own this house” to me than a bold front door. I had been dreaming of painting my own front door since I was 3 and my mom painted our front door a nice, bright shade of red! Bold front doors run in my blood.
So we moved in, had a baby and began deciding which shade we would paint it… Actually I would have liked to replace it all together, but realized I didn’t have a money tree growing in the backyard and I didn’t have an extra $3k to shell out on a great front door. Painting it would be a much more cost-effective option. After much thought, many trips to the paint store for more swatches, and multiple opinions later, I decided I had had it. I woke up one morning, made a decision on a color, strapped my baby to my body and painted the door before my husband got home from work. (Surprise, Mr. Miller! You’re a good sport!)
As a creative person, I am really good at having ideas and REALLY bad at making decisions. I will sit for months on paint swatches before I can make a decision. MONTHS! I drive myself crazy. So for me to pull the trigger on the front door color was a big deal – and my goodness, it was a rewarding decision.
I consulted with my good friend, Google, on the best way to paint a front door before I began. I chose the easiest way possible by cleaning the door really well, skipping over the priming step (because it was already white) and painting thin, even coats with a small sponge roller, letting each coat dry completely before starting another. After 2 coats, I was pretty much done. Just some small touch-ups and the door looked pretty much perfect. (HERE is a good tutorial for ya)
After the door was looking so rich and beautiful, I decided it would be a crying shame to put that bland old door knob back on. I found that door knobs weren’t cheap, but after getting it on, so worth it! It really made a difference in how the door looked.
So now our house looks as happy on the outside as it feels on the inside. I love that!
A $15 quart of paint was all it took to give this door a totally new look. $140 for a new deadbolt and door knob and I had a completely new front door! The best part is, it was so easy that if I get sick of the blue, $15 and one morning of my time and I can have a new color of my choice. (But I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of that bright, cheery blue!) So if you are putting off painting your front door – STOP IT OUT! You will be so thrilled with yourself when you’re finished.
We have a lot of plans for the outside of this little home of ours, but the front door was a perfect first step.
(also note that this was soon after we moved in and we since have matching window treatments and a cleaned up yard. ;) )
And because I know you’re considering painting your front door teal now (it really is the happiest color to come home to!) the color is Valspar “Retro Chic”. Have at it, sisters!