How to Paint a Front Door

Amp up your curb appeal in an afternoon.

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It’s the easiest-ever way to make an impact: cover your front door with a new color. Your house will be the most eye-catching one on the block. Here are the step-by-steps.

  1. Rehanging a door can be tricky, so it’s better to paint it in place. Pick a dry day when pollen levels are low or you’ll end up with a coat of pollen dust stuck to your new paint. Use a plastic drop cloth and masking tape to seal the doorway from the outside so the door can stand open as you work and while it dries.
  2. Cover the hardware with painter’s tape, or remove it.
  3. Wash the surface using a sponge dipped in soapy water, and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
  4. Sand with 220-grit sandpaper, wipe away the dust with a damp rag, and let dry.
  5. Prime the door and let dry. (The primer will seal out stains, odors, or mildew and ensure proper bonding.)
  6. Apply two coats of paint, brushing in the direction of the grain if the door is made of wood.