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!

Getting “Playful” With The New Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Today we feature guest blogger, the talented Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky. Debbie is a huge fan of our products and has used them for many of her projects. When a recent home entrance project for her own home came up, she used our new Front Door Paint and is sharing her How to Paint a Front Door tutorial. Take it away, Debbie! 

Enhance Your Curb Appeal with Modern Masters Front Door PaintWe all know that the exterior of our home is an indicator of the style within, and who doesn’t want to express our unique personality even before a guest steps inside? Fortunately, one of the least expensive, biggest “bang for your buck” updates is a front door facelift. Having been an artist and faux finisher for many years, choosing color is easy and I am not afraid of going bold. Black, green and warm orange have all graced our entrance, which is within a deep courtyard.

I recently turned to Modern Masters new Front Door Paint for an overdue update. I have known the Modern Masters products for years though my finishing business, so I had confidence that they always develop trending, designer choices.

My transformed door using the color 'Playful' from Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

My transformed door using the color ‘Playful’ from Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

How did I choose our new color? Over the years I have created some personal criteria. The color needs to pop to compensate for the deep shadows that appear late in the day. Plus, we have a glass storm door, so any color gets dulled down through the glass.

Front door before new color.

The “before” color which has faded over the years.

And now 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 24 front door paint colors based on the emotional color wheel (like Hopeful, Mysterious, Elegant and more). That’s how I chose the color toned purple color “Playful”. It coordinates nicely with our hot color perennials. It’s bright but not electric. A happy and welcoming color that says, “an artist lives here”.

I was thrilled to discover that Front Door Paint is water-based, covers in two coats, dries quickly to a satin finish, and never fades. But, before I could begin my quick transformation I had to deal with 35 years of oil-based paint using an oil primer. It’s one extra step but you’ll appreciate it in coming years.

Here are some tips for getting the job done quickly and professionally. Translation: Here are all of the tips I can offer you from learning the hard way!


Door painting supplies.

• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters Front Door Paint. I live in North Carolina, so I get my Front Door Paint fix at Lowe’s in Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews and Charlotte. See more Lowe’s and Ace Hardware retailers here.  But never fear you can also hop on Amazon.com and the Modern Masters online shop to purchase.

• Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer also found at Lowe’s

• 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


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. Remove all of the numbers and hardware from the door. I know taping is quicker, but taking off the hardware assures a crisp, clean end result. Place the elements of each lock with the screws in a group for easy installation later.

Remove hardware from door.


Tape off the hinges and glass unless you have an extra-steady hand with the brush. If you’re wondering why I don’t remove these, I have a confession. There is such a build-up of old that paint they are permanently affixed.

A tip for hinges is to tape over them and use a razor blade to remove the excess.

Tape off hinges.

STEP THREE  – Only if your door is already painted in oil-based paint.

Use your oil brush and Zinsser primer to cut in recessed areas on the wood door and to paint the storm door. Use the roller to paint the flat panels if you choose. Clean up using paint thinner. Follow drying instructions on the container, but my primer dried in about 30 minutes. Don’t worry, primer always looks wimpy but it works like a charm.

Tape and prime front doors.


Switch to your water-based paint brush and paint two coats of Front Door Paint. Brush in the direction of the grain. I was planning to roll the paint on the flat surfaces but after cutting in with the brush I was amazed. The paint glided on so smoothly that I just used the brush. The paint dried in an hour and I was able to re-coat in two hours.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Project by My Patch of Blue SkyRepainting a front door with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP FIVE

Wash the brush in soap and water, re-install the hardware, step back and enjoy the beautiful results! And yes, the neighbors will love it. Everyone who walks by our home with a dog and a cup of coffee has commented on the transformation!

Now that you see how simple it is to beautify your abode, what color will you choose?Modern Masters Frint Door Paint

Now that you’re primed (that’s a pun) to get started, you can find Front Door Paint at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware shops, Amazon and the Modern Masters online shop.

Have fun!

What’s Haute for Front Doors!

Fab Front Door Solutions with Modern Masters Products

Painting a front door is one of the fastest and easiest updates we can make to a home’s curb appeal and there are a myriad of options available, especially from Modern Masters. The front door is one of the first things our guests see, so why not make it inviting? You can paint a front door with a lively color for an added dose of personality or a more serious hue that compliments the exterior paint colors. Below are six fantastic projects from three of our product lines to help inspire a transformation for your front door. It may be the change that makes you fall in love even more with your home — or sell it faster!


Metallic Copper Paint Door featured in Oprah magazine

Our Metallic Paint Collection adds a shimmery zest to a front door — and Team Oprah agrees! Our Copper Metallic Paint paired with Kelly-Moore Paint’s Inky Stiletto on the trim is a gorgeous combination featured in an Oprah magazine article entitled Six of the Prettiest Front Doors. Oh, and by the way – they called it “the next-big-thing finish”. Isn’t it dreamy?


Maybe you love a bright color but need it toned down a bit?  In the alternate, have a neutral color that’s just a little drab?  Altering the color by using a glaze from our Decorative Painter’s Products is a perfect solution!

Modern Masters Extender Glaze on Front DoorBeyond the Screen door used our Extender for Latex Paint and tinted it with a dark latex color (above) in order to age her turquoise paint a bit. We think the aged and painted front door is stunning!  (below) Erin from Two Story Cottage used our Tintable Glaze (her paint store tinted it brown) to add a little oomph to her cream front door.

Tintable Glaze by Modern MastersBoth results are fab! Glazes will have an “open time” to ensure you have some time to work the tinted glaze to get the results you’d like. Be sure to have your local retailer guide you as to which glaze product will work best with your project!


Creative customer Sarah Desjardins chose our Front Door Paint in Spontaneous to compliment the warm, earthy tones of her home. BEAUTIFUL!


One of the hottest products we offer is our Front Door Paint.  Fade-resistant and a breeze to use – what could be better? The gorgeous door colors range from classic to vibrant and there’s a hue for everyone.  If you’re torn about which color to go with, take a walk around your neighborhood for a bit of local flavor and inspiration!

Calm Front Door Paint by Julie YoungArtist Julie Young used the color Calm from our Front Door Paint line to paint her double front doors in California (above) while Amanda Stamper chose the Cheerful hue (below) for her inviting entry. Be sure to check out Amanda’s post on painting a front door in her Dreamsicle Sisters blog.

Cheerful Front Door Paint by Amanda Stamper

Wouldn’t you want to take these doors home? You can – or a variation of them that is perfect for you! Painting your entire exterior would be a challenge but giving your door a new look is a doable afternoon DIY. Hope we’ve opened the door to a world of ideas for you!

Adore Your Front Door Contest Winners!

Adore Your Front Door Contest Winners | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

A few months ago, we introduced our Adore Your Front Door Contest with our NEW Modern Masters Front Door Paint – a unique water based, quick dry coating specially formulated to Never Fade. This allows you to finish painting and close your door with no worries on the same day! We gave the first 50 entries a FREE quart of Front Door Paint in any of our 24 carefully selected colors. These colors utilize the Emotional Color Wheel and the latest worldwide home design color trends to give curb appeal that is personalized to YOU! Of the 50 entries, five would be chosen to win a $100 Gift Card. This week we are excited to showcase and congratulate these winners!

Adore Your Front Door Contest Winner Cheri Mello of Florida used Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color "Cheerful" | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCheri Mello of Florida bought her little ranch 3 years ago and has been updating it ever since. She used the color Cheerful to transform her home’s entryway. “My door was white before painting and very blah, now it’s so inviting and it goes so well with the brown shutters. I’m very happy with the outcome and love this paint!”

Adore Your Front Door Contest Winner Karen Berg of California used Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color "Confident" | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

California based Karen Berg of Redoux Interiors updated her home’s look by painting her front door in the color Confident. It was originally a Cherry Red but over the years, it had faded and started looking a bit tired. She picked “Confident” because it was such a mood lifting color and loved its name. “That is what I want my house to convey to everyone who sees it. I love the way my home looks now when I pull up and see my bright and confident front door. It has completely transformed my entrance.”

Adore Your Front Door Contest Winner Audrey Blanchard of Idaho used Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color "Cheerful" | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Audrey Blanchard of Real Moms Real Views in Idaho picked the color Cheerful and even wrote a wonderful blog post on painting over her white front door. She debated on whether or not to go with a vibrant color, but ended up just going for it! “I am IN LOVE with how this turned out – I recommended this to anyone looking for a quick way to jazz up the front of your house!” she says.

Adore Your Front Door Contest Winner Jennifer Curtis of California used Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color "Elegant" | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Jennifer Curtis of Always In Wonder in California redid her plain white door by picking the color Elegant. She also wrote a great blog post on the easy process of refinishing her front door. I love how a simple color change can totally reinvent things you already own,” says Jennifer.

Adore YouFront Door Contest Winner Jane Head of California used Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color "Comfortable" | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Jane Head of California picked the color Comfortable for her home’s front door transformation. She explains, “I love the color and the paint went on beautifully!” We just love the way it complements the beautiful exterior siding of her home.

We’re thrilled at the wonderful response to this contest and want to thank all of you who Adored Your Front Door and shared such beautiful projects with us. Congratulations to the 5 winners above on their gorgeous transformations! We hope you enjoy your $100 Gift Card!

Be sure to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards for even MORE inspiration! We also share more project and design inspiration on our Facebook Fan Page, so be sure to “Like” us! We hope to see you there!