Monday, June 25, 2012

Painted Front Door Reveal

Now for the long-delayed follow-up to the original door painting post! I forgot to mention previously, the the last two steps I took before the actual painting was wiping the door down with a tack cloth (man, are those things sticky!) and using a liquid deglosser as a final step to making the door ready to paint (much easier and cleaner than actually sanding).

The painting took most of one whole Sunday. I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra (paint + primer in one) so I knew I would have better coverage than using regular paint, but I was not still not super-impressed with the coverage, more on that later.

I would have loved to replace all the hardware on the door since with some Oil Rubbed Bronze ones but it was not in the plans for now. The door knocker screw is painted over on the other side so I couldn't take it off and I was too nervous to spray paint it all. You can see that the originals are weathered and discolored.

I have seen many bloggers use Rub n Buff so I thought that might be a good temporary solution to freshen up the brassy color. It took me a few minutes, but then I got the hang of it. I squeezed some out onto a paper towel and just rubbed it around everywhere until it was looking nice and shiny. Again, gold would not have been my first choice, but since the locks were already that color I was definitely the budget-friendly color to choose.

Here's the full view from the inside. I love the burst of color when the door is open!

And here is the door from the outside. I think the color really pops off the red bricks. From the outside there's gold door fixtures, nickel storm door fixtures and ORB light and mailbox. Color overload anyone? In due time we'll change them to be consistent throughout.

Here's a full house view.

Just to remind you, here's the house with the old white dingy door.

Major improvement!!

I didn't intend for this to turn into a product review and I'm certainly not getting perked for anything, but I just wanted to share two things with you. First, Purdy paint brushes are a-ma-zing! I left the paintbrush in the paint tray wrapped in a plastic bag for over a week because I was too lazy to clean it up after spending all day painting. I was really nervous that the paint would be caked on and I'd have to throw away the brush, but every last bit of paint washed out. I was so happy!! This is the paint brush after sitting over a week in dried out red paint. I don't know if it was because it was wrapped in plastic or a combination of it being an amazing brush, but either way I am very pleased.

Now for the paint on the other hand... I paid a little more money to get the paint and primer in one because Behr claims that it has superior coverage and stain blocking.

Uh, not so much. This is after four coats of paint: You can still see scuff marks towards the bottom of the door. I think they are mostly from knocking the stroller tires into the door, but I was disappointed that four coats of paint did not cover them. I ended up doing 6 coats in certain areas and you can still seem them if you're looking. I was surprised because we've always used Behr paint and have never had a problem before so I don't know what happened this time around. Just wanted to give you all a heads-up about that.

So tell me what you've been up to! What brands of exterior pant have you had luck with? Anyone else have neighbors comment on their door colors?

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  1. Thanks for using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff on your door hardware. Keep us updated on how it holds up.

    We do offer 16 colors, so if you get tired of the gold, there are lots of options!

  2. Love the colour. I am thinking of doing a bold colour on my front door but can't make my mind many pretty colours and only one door. :-)

  3. It turned out very nice and that pop of color is gorgeous!

  4. Hi Lori! I hopped on over from the Serenity Now party. My front door is a soon to happen project. My front door is wood and has very faded stain not paint so I'm debating between re-staining or painting. I thought about red as well and I hope I'm brave enough to do it! I also have a red brick house and I am loving your new look. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, so pretty! Gorgeous color and I love the detail of the arched windows.

  6. love the fun color you used. I am a purdy brush fan too, I think I've had mine 3 years and it's been through many paint projects

  7. Using a bold color definitely makes your door pop, Lori. There are some homemakers that shy away on these kinds of colors, but you were able to make it work! Tangerine color means energy and happiness. And I think your door radiates energy and gives that warm feeling.

    1. Thanks so much Keven! I'd like to think that my house is full of warmth and happiness :-)

  8. Your door certainly stands out in the neighborhood, Lori! You can spot it from a mile away, even with the storm door. Also, the orange color suits the brick wall. It looks like a swanky apartment in an upstate neighborhood. It definitely adds charm and beauty to the face of your house.

  9. Looking at the before and after photos, you picked a great new color for your door. You really made a major improvement plus the new door made your house more attractive. It blended with the color of your bricks, your roof, and your windows. Well, I guess you just have a very nice taste in colors, Lori! :D

    : Eugene Head

  10. I'm writing a children's book (self publishing) and would like to use the picture of the open door (fifth set of pictures down from the top). I like how inviting it looks. Would you give me permission to use this picture? Thanks.

    David L. Porter

  11. Absolutely stunning! Love it, love your blog and your beautiful photography!