DIY Projects · Flip #2

Front Door Makeover

My front door is a solid wooden door with lots of accentual carvings. It’s old, but it has character. I really liked it, and I had no plans to replace it. It’s amazing what a few small changes can do to a front door. A coat a paint and new hardware make it look like a new door.

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Everything about this house is SO dark. It needs lots of light and brighter colors. Part of the curb appeal is the front door. In order to create curb appeal, I chose a warm creamish yellow for the front door. After searching for the right yellow to match the yellow bricks, I chose Sunset Nude at Lowe’s. Since my front door was originally a dark green, I chose a paint and primer mix. Before painting, my first step was to remove the door from the hinges. Removing the door from the hinges was easy, but moving it elsewhere was not. It’s a full solid door and extremely heavy!

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After I removed the door from the hinges, I removed all the hardware so that I could adequately sand the door. I was quite proud of myself because I had the hardware removed in a few minutes. There was nothing wrong with the handleset, but it was dated and dark. So I purchased a new one at Dollar Locks.

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Once I got the door outside, I taped all the windows in the doors prior to painting. I used my paint sprayer to paint the door. While I’m still not 100% sold on the painter, I did have a better experience with the door.

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I painted two coats on the door. Since the primer was mixed, it covered easily. After painting two coats of paint, I added two coats of polyurethane. Admittedly, I’m not the best at applying polyurethane but it got the job done.

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I chose Satin Nickel hardware for the door. I purchased a new deadbolt, handleset, and kickplate for the door. After adding my DIY wreath, the door looks completely different!

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