At least it may have scared away some sales people? It was clearly desperate for a paint job. So that's what it got!
I was super nervous about striking this task off of our Summer To-Do List. I thought it was going to be a way bigger task that it actually was. To calm my anxiety, my amazing mother-in-law offered to come over and help me get the job done. It was so nice to have someone experienced oversee the mess.
She basically told me that there are 4 steps in painting an exterior door: sand, wash, paint, dry. Aside from drying time, the sanding part is what had originally scared me. I was picturing crazy sanding machines and getting all of the old paint off. We only ended up sanding the parts that needed it and it took about 15 minutes between the two of us.
Of course I had removed my wreath and window insert, and taped up the door hardware. After the sanding, we washed the surface with hot water mixed with a little dish soap.
And now for the fun part! Paint! Unfortunately, we are not allowed to choose the colour of our door due to our complex's restrictions. I would loved to have painted our front door a pretty bright yellow, robins egg blue, or even a sophisticated black. But "builder's beige" will have to do. I grabbed a bunch of paint chips from Home Depot to try to best match the original colour.
We taped them up for a good day or so and I am sure our neighbours thought we lost it. I feel like none of these worked perfectly and after a little deliberation session with Mike, we settled on Stonewashed by Behr. The paint department person at HD recommended we get the Behr Exterior Paint and Primer to ensure longevity.
I have been painting interior doors for years and I always paint them in a certain order. I found this graphic from Thrifty Decor Chick that explains it perfectly.
I used a paint brush for the panel frames and a foam roller for the rest to avoid brush strokes. I also touched up the frame of the window with a nice fresh coat of white trim paint. Once the painting portion was done, it was drying time. It was a nice breezy dry day so it dried really quickly but I left the door open for about 5 hours to be safe. My cats only tried to escape a few times.
And there she is all pretty and happy!
I must admit that the colour turned out a bit lighter than it was before but hopefully our complex people won't say anything to us. I especially love how my wreath really pops now on the bright background!
I am so happy to cross this chore off of my list. And now I know that painting an exterior door is far from scary!