Does your front door look like everybody else’s in the neighbourhood. If so, you need to change that and I’m going to give you my top tips for making a fun fresh front door. Tip number 1 is choosing your paint colour and this can be one of the hardest things, I know. So here’s a few things to consider. One look at the actual colour of your house and ask yourself do you want it to be contrasting to that or something similar. You can always pull up a colour wheel, look at the colour of your house and if you want something really vibrant and really bold, go in the opposite of the colour wheel. If you want something a little more subdued you can go something a colour similar or beside it on the colour wheel. Also look at hard surfaces to your house so things like natural stone or brick that you may have in your house. This can be a great source of inspiration for colour.
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Especially with the stone. They have some beautiful greys in them that you can pull out and put on your door. So tip number 2, once you’ve decided on your paint colour. Remove the easy to remove hardware. So when I say that I’m thinking of things like the peephole or the mail slot. You can leave items like the door handle. Next you want to give the door a light sand with a fine grained sandpaper so that the paint will adhere better to it. And finally you want to use painters tape and use it around things like your windows and your door handle. But don’t worry too much, if you do get a bit of paint on the window…a little tip for you just take a razor blade and it will come right off. Tip number 3, get yourself an angled paint brush. It helps you get into the corners better. And do all the tricky parts first. And the tricky parts are the things like around the windows here, and around the details of the door. Next take your trusty roller and roll all the flat surfaces of the door.
And remember, be patient. Let the paint dry in between coats. It’s probably going to take you realistically about half a day and try and do it on a sunny day where you can keep the door open to dry. And tip number 4, I’ve saved the best for last, and the tip that will save you the most time…is before you would have had to do one to two coats of primer and then paint over top. Now they’re making paints that the primer and the paint are combined. So when you do go buy your paint, talk to the paint specialist at the store and make sure you spend the money on a good exterior paint. It’ll save you a lot of hassle.