How to Paint a Door for Great Curb Appeal

Camila Pavone

Article Posted By: Camila Pavone

of Effortless Style

How to Paint a Door: Kelly green front door makeover from Camila of Effortless-Style blog

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Your front door might be the most important element in creating great curb appeal for your home. Painting the door in bright new color is an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up the look of your home. That’s exactly what Camila from the Effortless Style blog had in mind in her Style Challenge. Here, she shows us exactly how to paint a door, and how to replace the trim on the door. As you’ll see, the results of her easy front door makeover are quite striking.

Imagine my excitement when I opened an email from Home Depot asking me to participate in their Style Challenge that was focusing on outdoor paint. I knew right away that I wanted to take up that challenge. You see, a couple of years ago I painted our front door black, and since we get a lot of direct sunlight, the moulding on the door started to crack and pop off due to the heat.

Here’s what the house looked like before painting the door:

How to Paint a Door: Camila's front door transformation before painting.

The damage to the door was pretty noticeable:

How to Paint a Door: A front door with broken trim

We were originally going to get a brand new front door, but that meant a lot of labor and hiring someone to do special woodwork on the trim. So that plan quickly went out the window. We then realized we could work with what we had. We ordered a new window insert and picked up new wood to replace the trim.

We had to start by removing all the old trim and sanding the door:

How to Paint a Door: Removing trim and sanding the door before applying new moulding

Then, we primed the door with Kilz and got to work cutting new trim pieces and adhering them on the door with Liquid Nails.

How to Paint a Door: Using Liquid Nails to attach fresh moulding to the door

Once that was done we were able to get work painting with Behr Marquee. That’s a new line from Behr that offers exceptional resistance to dirt and fading, which is a must for an exterior door.

How to Paint a Door: Behr Marquee's paint is perfect for outdoor painting projects

{I decided to go a bit bold and went with Cress Green from Behr.}

We started painting with a brush for the first coat, but then decided to remove the door from its hinges and spray it with our air compressor with paint sprayer attachment. We got a nice brush-free coat in a matter of minutes. [Note: You can buy an air compressor at The Home Depot, but don’t forget that you can also rent one. Check with a Home Depot store rental desk for details.]

How to Paint a Door: Man begins applying Behr Marquee's paint to a primed front door

Here is door after painting:

How to Paint a Door: Kelly green brings a pop of color to this front door, from Camila of Effortless Style

Here’s a close up of the paint job and my pretty elephant door knocker:

How to Paint a Door: Kelly green brings a pop of color to this front door, from Camila of Effortless Style

It’s now a treat to walk into my home:

How to Paint a Door: Kelly green brings a pop of color to this front door, from Camila of Effortless Style

Are you green with envy?

Camila Pavone is an interior decorator at Effortless Style Interiors in Westbury, New York. Camila believes that good design shouldn’t be a luxury and that everyone should be able to enjoy a space that reflects their true self. She blogs at Effortless Style, her daily design journal.
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Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Camila received a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Camila expressed are her own.