Amp up your curb appeal in an afternoon.
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.
- 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.
- Cover the hardware with painter’s tape, or remove it.
- Wash the surface using a sponge dipped in soapy water, and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
- Sand with 220-grit sandpaper, wipe away the dust with a damp rag, and let dry.
- Prime the door and let dry. (The primer will seal out stains, odors, or mildew and ensure proper bonding.)
- Apply two coats of paint, brushing in the direction of the grain if the door is made of wood.