I’ve been admiring all the pretty entryways online for a while now. This week I decided to give ours a little mini makeover. I hate that the builders of our house used a back door as a front door. It looks so out of place. For a while we considered purchasing a new door but it hasn’t quite made its way up the priority list yet. I thought maybe if I give it some color that it would look more like a front door.
Here is a picture of our front door. Notice the pretty planters on each side, I’ll get to tell you all about those later this week.
So I cleaned the door and had it all ready to paint and begin second guessing myself. I learned while painting our master bath that red is such a hard color to paint with. Also, our shutters are black, isn’t your front door supposed to match your shutters? Ah! I don’t know why I freak out about these things, the beauty of paint is that if you don’t like it you can start over.
So what do I do? Paint the back door! It’s not seen nearly as often and it needed a good cleaning anyway. You see the problem with white doors is that they show dirt. Our dogs have gotten the back door so dirty because when they are outside playing and decide they want in, they scratch at the back door. Now I am killing two birds with one stone, practicing for the front door and painting the back door color that won’t be quite so unforgiving to dirt.
I didn’t prime the doors or anything, just bought a good quality exterior paint and cleaned the door throughly with a magic eraser. I also didn’t take a before picture but it is the same door as the front door, just with a different door handle.
First I used a small roller to apply the paint and a small paintbrush to get up close to the trim. I did two coats like this and then noticed some dripping. For the third and final coat, I used the same small paintbrush and brushed the entire area. I also went back with a little bit of white paint to touch up the trim.
I like how it turned out but I am still torn about doing the front door. What do you think? Red? Black? Leave it white?? I would love some input. I am so indecisive!!!