There seems to be a lot of front doors painted in beautiful, bold colors now…especially turquoise. It didn’t take me long at all to settle on a color once I finally decided to paint my front door. I had this beautiful turquoise color left over from my outdoor buffet project on our deck, so I already knew it looked great against our brick house!
The painting was the easy part. It was replacing the hardware that made me nervous, especially since I needed to install a deadbolt now that I would be with one less lock after I removed the storm door. I have never really cared for the storm door and we never have the front door open since we mostly use the back door, so I was ready for it to go!
You can see the storm door covered most of the front door. I also attempted to power wash the old paint on the porch that was already peeling. That didn’t go so well, and hopefully a new porch paint will be part two of my front porch project.
I was so excited about adding color to the door, I decided to paint before sawing a hole for the deadbolt. It probably wasn’t the best idea but it worked out just fine. Preparing the door for painting was easy. I just filled the small holes and dents with Elmer’s Wood Filler and smoothed them out with sandpaper once it dried. The paint is an exterior paint from Olympic called Safe Harbor, which is a paint and primer in one. I already knew the paint held up well outdoors since it has done so well on my outdoor buffet.
I was not sad to see that hideous door knob/plate thing go. Replacing the hardware was my only expense for this project since I already had the paint and wood filler. I found a Kwikset entry door handle set at Lowes for less than $100. It was worth the cost to me since not only was the old set tacky, but it really wasn’t as secure without the deadbolt. And, I feel like a DIY superhero now that I installed a deadbolt lock all by myself! (haha)
I think the new color on my front door makes a huge difference when I look at the front of our house. I still have my work cut out for me with other projects to complete the new look, but now that the door looks so good, I think it will motivate me to get it all done.
Here’s what I have left to complete my project;
-Fill and paint holes left from storm door
-Paint front porch and small step under the door.
-Paint the black metal columns
-Maybe replace the pillows? (not sure about that, yet)
I would like to paint the shutters at some point as well, but I might wait a while to start that.
My hydrangeas are starting to bloom…which will add to the look of our front porch!
I will post updates about my project as it moves along!
To be continued…