Check out our two pretty back doors that I just painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint. Never one to follow the rules, I figured what’s good for our front door must be good to spiff the doors that face our big deck, too.
A couple of years ago I got hooked on Front Door Paint. Seriously. In a big way. So much so that I have painted our front door not once, but twice. This magic, buttery-smooth paint does not fade, and lasts for ages, but recently I was in a “let’s change the front door color mood” and repainted on a whim. The color Fortunate is such a wow, that we get lots of compliments from the neighbors, and even the delivery folks.
During the spring of 2015, I painted our shutters with the grey Mysterious Front Door Paint color. We love it so much, I think this color will remain indefinitely.
This week I painted our two back doors, including storm doors, with the color Comfortable. I have to laugh a bit at the name because here in North Carolina it’s hot as a firecracker and steamy. But my efforts paid off. Loving our warm new look, even in this area where we never use this back door, originally intended for loading up firewood. Can you just see the humidity hanging in the air?
Usually, if you begin in the morning on a nice day, you can have your project complete by the afternoon. Since I had two doors and storm doors, I worked at it overnight.
First, I chose my color from the gorgeous color palette. Comfortable was perfect, since we have some new red-orange cushions on the deck, and we always plant orange impatiens.
While selecting your color, don’t miss the 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).
• 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 door is painted with oil paint, you will need to apply a bonding primer first 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.
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.
The before. Don’t laugh, but I had never gotten around to painting both doors the same color.
Sand lightly if required, then wipe off the residue. Tape off any areas like the glass on a storm door, and normally I recommend removing all hardware for a professional paint job. but for our back doors, I taped off the hardware this time, because we need to replace it all.
Cut in the panels first, and paint away. You can use a brush for the entire door, or choose the roller for flat areas. I used a brush for this project since I had a lot of smaller areas. Even though a sash brush fits nicely into the paint container, I used my Modern Masters roller pan, since I can be a klutz at times. One coat covered the grey and brown colors pretty well, and two coats were perfect.
Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.
I did have to juggle painting the four doors, due to drying times, coming and going, trying to paint in the shade to beat the heat, and a huge deluge one day.
Now that I have put the upper deck area back together, I am so pleased with the results!
Be sure to watch the Modern Masters “How To Paint Your Front Door” video below. Modern Masters loves to see your projects, too, so don’t be shy about sharing your Front Door Paint makeovers! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Painting!