Art For Your Walls, Decor For Your Home: How to Paint Your Front Door

Painting the front door was one of the things I wanted to do this summer. It’s metal, not wood, and solid. It’s not the best looking one, but definitely not the worst, that’s for sure!


…Well, at a closer look, paint has blisters/ bubbles, most probably at some point in the past, it started to rust underneath, and the former owner used a quick coat of white to cover it. paint-your-front-door-02-4971078

Caulking is cracked and coming apart,


handles are rusted and tarnished, the plastic edges around the glass window, all yellowed and bad looking – in a nutshell, not very appealing!


Final decision: SPRAY PAINT IT! Yey!!

Materials I used: – Rustoleum Painters’ Touch Primer 2X Coverage – Rustoleum Painters’ Touch White Semi-gloss 2X Coverage – TSP- spray bottle – Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Paint Gloss Clear 2X Coverage to protect the finish

– hand sanding block

– 2 sawhorses to create a makeshift worktable

So, we took the door out of the hinges( here, you would need another person to help you) and also removed all hardware. About the way I fixed the front door handles and hardware in another post!

We placed the door on the 2 sawhorses, in the garage. I sanded as good as I could the door, paying more attention in the places where the door had those blisters and bubbles, and covered the glass.

Then I started to prime the door using the Rustoleum primer spray can. At that point, the door will look horrible; don’t get scared and continue, it will get better 🙂 . paint-your-front-door-06-6278025

After I primed a second coat, I decided to go to Home Depot and buy the spray paint gun(which by the way I’ve seen it when I went to pick the spray paint, but I didn’t want to pay $6 for it). Trust me, it’s the best $6 you’ll ever spend – my fingers were so happy after that!

…But let’s go back to our spray painting. After another 3 coats of satin white spray paint with the allotted time for drying, my door looked waay better!!

2 coats of clear coat Rustoleum completed the look of my door.

Being set horizontally, I could see that, from different angles, some areas were shinier than others, but when I put back the door it was not noticeable anymore.

While I was waiting for the coats of primer and paint to dry I did the same treatment to the fixed frame: sand, prime, paint, clear coat.


Because we couldn’t take it out, I covered the entry with a plastic sheet and tried to set up a dust free environment around the exterior frame of the door to be able to spray paint it. I had to clean the old cracked caulking around the window, cover the glass and spray paint the same way.One coat primer on the door, one coat primer on the frame, one coat paint on the door , one coat paint on the frame. I switched from the garage to the entrance, until I completed spray painting with primer, paint, and clear coat: while one coat was drying on the door, I was spray painting on the frame, and so on.

Sorry no pics; I was so busy, switching from the garage to the entrance with my spray painting, I didn’t have time to take any photos.

After 8 hours of work, we got a shiny white front door. And I believe it’s worth it, don’t you think??


Lessons I learned:

– after sanding, very important – don’t forget to clean the dust(I almost did!) – don’t rush the spray painting process and don’t get to close when spraying- you will get runs – spray in a continuous motion; it’s important to get multiple thin coats for an even coverage – follow the instructions on the can and give enough time to dry from one coat to another!

– if you want to spruce up a little bit your front entrance, spray paint is the way to go.

And another look AFTER:


And now, looking again at this pic, I’m thinking that the mailbox and wall lanterns could use some spray paint too!

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