One way to spruce up the exterior of your house inexpensively is to paint your front door. However, painting a door isn’t as easy as it sounds.Virtual Reality App for Home Improvement

As always, the effort spent getting ready for the project is more time consuming than the actual paint job. One of the first factors you need to think about is what color of paint and its sheen.

A handy application that will assist in choosing exterior or interior colors is the Paint My Place app. It lets you upload a picture of the space and virtually paint it to see what it will look like when you’re done.

The next article gives some pointers for deciding on the sheen of paint for your door:

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While you’re picking a paint color, also think about sheen: With a flat finish, scuff marks and handprints are hard to wipe away. High gloss is easy to clean but accentuates every little flaw, so your prep and paint job has to be perfect. Satin and semigloss are good compromise choices.

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It’s much easier if you take it off the door frame and remove all the hardware, but not having your front door in place for the day can be a little disconcerting. You can always hang a drop cloth over the opening to keep weather and critters out.

Plan on getting a fairly early start to the day so that your door can completely dry before re-hanging it.  Set up a couple sawhorses in a well-ventilated area like a garage to help keep Mother Nature from messing with your project.

You also need to remove all of the hardware so you don’t end up with paint on the doorknob or hinges. Even though it takes a little time initially, you will be surprised at how much quicker the job will go compared to trying to carefully paint around the hinges and doorknob.

This video provides the needed materials and other tricks for painting a front door:

I have had to clean door hardware that was carelessly painted during a refinish, and rubbing alcohol worked to remove it. You can also soak it in hot water and it will eventually loosen and wipe off.

Another consideration is that exterior doors are made of different materials, so that will also change the process, especially the preparation. The main three types of exterior doors are

  • Wood
  • Steel
  • Fiberglass

This post from the DIY Network shows the options for front doors and what material will work best for your home. Part of the decision making lies in your personal taste, but the durability and how weatherproof it is are also factors.

Although oil-based paint is tougher and can many times cover in one coat, the advantages of today’s enamel paint far outweigh oil paint. One particular benefit of enamel acrylic paint is the ease of cleanup.

I love the color of the door in this tweet that links to a Better Homes & Gardens article about DIY front door ideas:


If you aren’t sure what color or style of door is right for your home, you can go to your local home improvement or paint store. You can also contact a paint contractor in Denver to manage the project for you.