Change Your Front Door Color On A Whim In A Couple Of Hours!

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The word – and color – of the day is Fortunate. As in the fun and funky Modern Masters Front Door Paint color Fortunate that I just used to brighten up our curb appeal in a big way.

In a nutshell, our little neighborhood was hit by a huge hailstorm three weeks ago. And yes, we are so fortunate to have weathered this national-news-featured storm with damage that we can manage. Just a new paint job on my Jeep, and a new roof. Sadly, several of our neighbors had to move out of their homes for months. But, best of all, everyone is safe.

We are still in a mess. Leaves were stripped from the trees and blooms from the rose bushes. Some of our favorite plants, like our massive gorgeous hostas, won’t come back this year. Our gutters are maxed, and we’re waiting for the roofers.

With a color change on the roof, using the non-fade Front Door Paint for fast, immediate gratification was a project that I could get excited about while impatiently waiting for the roofers to arrive soon.

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About two years ago I chose the Front Door Paint color PlayfuI for the front door makeover project that you see below. We have so enjoyed the eye-catching color, but now I am planning to choose a grey architectural material for the new roof, so why not update the front door, too?

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Also, during the spring of 2015, I painted our shutters with the grey Mysterious Front Door Paint color. The new roof and updated Fortunate front door color will blend perfectly with the bright hostas and annuals. So no need to repaint.


It’s a great time for you to spiff up your curb appeal like I did, and here are the quick steps to a new look. If you begin in the morning on a nice day, you can have your project complete by the afternoon.

First, choose a color from the mouth-watering color palette. I know, it is so hard to decide. The good news is one quart is all you need, with plenty left over for the back door.

There is a perfect free Front Door Paint iPhone App and a free Front Door Paint Android App – on both, you can take a photo of your door and scroll through the Front Door Paint colors to see what your door would look like with the different colors. There are 25 Front Door Paint colors based on the emotional color wheel (like Hopeful, Mysterious, Elegant and more).

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• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint. You can purchase it online at, and the Modern Masters Online Shop.

• Primer, if needed: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer

• Tools: Paint pan, low-nap paint roller, 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for water-based paint and if needed, a 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for oil-based paint and paint thinner

• Incidentals: Razor blade, Tape, Rags, Stir sticks, Screw Driver or Drill, Dropcloth or Newspapers, Step Stool

If your front door is painted with oil paint, you will need to prime with oil-based primer before you can use the water-based Front Door Paint. Go here for complete directions.

If your door is now painted with water-based paint, like mine, you can choose to paint one coat of primer first, depending on the color you chose. For example, if you have a black door and you want to paint a lighter color, priming first will save a coat or so of paint.


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Plan your project for good weather, between about 40 to 90 degrees. Front Door Paint dries quickly but do allow drying time so that you can close the door without the paint sticking.

Wash off dirt and grease with detergent and let dry. Remove loose paint.

Sand lightly if required, then wipe off the residue. Tape off any areas like the glass on a storm door, and yes, I recommend removing all hardware for a professional paint job. Place all of the screws, pieces and parts, all grouped together, in a spot where they won’t be moved until you are ready to reinstall. There’s nothing worse than forgetting where everything goes, and you can’t lock up your house at night. Not that it has ever happened to me. Much.

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Cut in the panels first, and paint away.

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Plan to paint two coats, even if you prime first. Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.

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You can use a brush for the entire door, or choose the roller for flat areas.

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Have fun, and you may want to consider making this project a surprise for your spouse when they get home from work like I did.

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My sweet hubby never knows what painted surprises will greet him from day to day!

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And diva kitty Lacey Jane is certain I chose Fortunate because it matches her eyes.

Be sure to watch the Modern Masters “How To Paint Your Front Door” video below. Once our roofing gets fixed, I’ll share even more images of this update. Modern Masters loves to see your projects, too, so don’t be shy about sharing your Front Door Paint makeovers! Send them to Happy Painting!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.


Update your Front Door for Spring!

With winter almost over, it’s the perfect time to tackle some of your exterior projects – such as that front door makeover that’s been on your To Do List for far too long! There are 25 colors in our non-fade, weather resistant Front Door Paint line and with our free Front Door Paint app, you can find the perfect one for you! Available for iPhone and Android, just take a pic of your door and use it to scroll through our colors to find the perfect one. Keep on reading to see how our Front Door Paint helped some of our creative customers start to adore their front door.

Front Door Update by Tale of an Ugly House in the color Sophisticated | Front Door Paint Ideas for Spring | Modern Masters

Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House wanted a red front door. She explains, “Not only are red front doors classic and fit the colonial style, they are also known as a symbol of welcome.” She used the color Sophisticated to update her door and shares, “It was such a simple and quick project that made such a big difference to the curb appeal of the house!” Front Door Paint quickly became her new favorite exterior paint.

Cheerful Front Door Paint | Front Door Paint Project by Dreamsicle Sisters | Front Door Ideas for Spring

Amanda from the Dreamsicle Sisters used the color Cheerful, a beautiful coral orange, for a fast front door update. She shared that, “Front Door Paint goes on smooth and it has great consistency. This paint is amazing!”.

Front Door Makeover by Robb Restyle | Modern Masters Non-Fade Front Door Paint in color Happy | Front Door Ideas for Spring

Kristy and Corey from Robb Restyle always share great projects and their exterior door makeovers are no exception! They used the color Happy to paint their yellow front door as well as update the side door. We love how joyful and welcoming their home’s exterior is!

Front Door Makeover by Dukes & Duchesses | Front Door Paint Ideas for Spring | Modern Masters

“I love the way a painted door draws the eye, adds some character to the neighborhood, and gives visitors the first taste of your decorating style,” says Randi of the Dukes and Duchesses blog. She used the color Fortunate, a beautiful apple green, to transform her entrance. The best part for Randi is that it was easy to apply, covered well and dried fast so she could close the door quickly.

Make sure you take a look below at our video, How to Paint a Front Door, for great tips prior to starting your front door makeover. We also have a Top 5 Front Door Paint Questions blog post with more great resources. Keep us posted on your projects – and if you’d like to see more front door inspiration, browse through our Front Door Paint Projects board on Pinterest! Happy Painting!

7 Inspiring Front Door Paint Projects

A front door gives a glimpse of who lives inside a home – not to mention add to the overall curb appeal. If your front door is fading, peeling and looking worse for the wear, right now is the perfect time to spruce up your front entrance! The Front Door Paint colors by Modern Masters are meant to cover fully and dry quickly. The bonus? The paint will not fade, ensuring that your great work is long lasting. We found a few front door paint makeovers by our friends to help inspire a quick afternoon project to help transform the look of your home. Ready? Let’s head in!

Red Front Door | Front Door Redo by Jennifer Allwood using Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Color: PassionateHello Hot Red! Jennifer Allwood fell in love with our paint as she transformed a client’s front door from a weathered black to a sizzling red color called Passionate.

Front Door Paint Project by Dwell by Cheryl | Modern Masters | Color: CheerfulCheryl of the Dwell by Cheryl blog wanted a bright door with lots of color to reflect her effervescent personality. She chose Cheerful Front Door Paint to transform an exterior back door.

Front and Side Door Makeover by Robb Restyle | Yellow Door | Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color HappyKristy from the Robb Restyle blog chose Happy to paint both her front door and side door. What a striking and beautiful accent the yellow color makes!

Front Porch Makeover | Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color Fortunate | Project by Bella Tucker Decorative FinishesThe studio of Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes know a thing or two about the best products to use and so when it came time to do a front porch makeover, they chose the durability of Front Door Paint. The gorgeous color? Fortunate.

Blue Front Door | Front Door Transformation with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Color: PeacefulUrsula from Home Made by Carmona wanted personality and style for her front entrance. She used our free Front Door Paint App to take a pic of her doors and scroll through the 24 colors available. She chose the blue color Peaceful for her front door makeover – doesn’t it look perfect?

Sprucing up Front Door for the Holidays | Fall Projects | Project by Sarah Desjardins with Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color SpontaneousCreative customer Sarah Desjardins of Becoming Martha also used our app to help choose a color for the front door – and happily settled on Spontaneous.  We love how it looks with the fall decorations, too!

Front Door Project Ideas and Inspiration | Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Black Front Door by Sew a Fine Seam | Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in color ElegantJill of Sew a Fine Seam took advantage of her front door paint project and decided to add trim and a stately door casing before starting. Afterwards, she painted with the timeless and classic color black of our Front Door Paint in Elegant. An amazing before and after!

If you’re ready to tackle your own entrance and would like a quick tutorial on How to Paint Your Front Door, look no further than our Modern Masters Minute video series:

Front Door Paint is available at selected Ace Hardware and Lowe’s shops as well as sold via Amazon or our Modern Masters online store.