Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Spruce Up: Front Door Painted

The next tackled project for the exterior is the front door system. It had to be painted for a couple reasons. First, the door was a different color than the sidelite, which also had a color inconsistencies. See the yellowed grilles?
Second, now that the wood columns and rails have been painted white (see post), there was too much white at the entry. I knew I wanted to create contrast, so I painted the door the same almost black color that I painted the shutters. You can read about that post here. But first, prep work. I cleaned the surfaces really good and allowed them to dry. Then I taped off any areas that I didn't want to get paint on like the glass, the trim and the handle.
Since the door was going to have to remain open for pretty much the entire day so the paint could dry properly, I built this barrier out of plastic bags and painter's tape to keep bugs, birds or other critters out of the house. Is that a little crazy? For me, it was better to be safe than sorry.
I kept the door in place with wood shims and began the next step of priming. Whenever I am painting a dark color on something light, I always tint the primer by mixing it with some of the paint.

This will help to provide better coverage when painting with the dark color. It doesn't have to be as dark as the paint but it helps to be somewhere in the middle. I ended up with a medium gray.

I've also found that priming your surface twice provides even better coverage and makes painting go faster. This applies even for paints that include primer. It really just depends on what you are painting.
After the primer was dry, I added two coats of the paint and let the door sit open for the remainder of the day. And now there is consistency in color and great contrast.
Love it!

Next up, new lights, porch floor painting and my plants. More to come soon. Thanks for stopping by!


1 comment:

  1. come do mine do when we move to Wausau? Looks good love the black!

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