Did I mention that it was my fault the paint was scratched and scruffy because I used various loops of tape, hangers, and magnets to hang things on the door in the first place? Yeah. My bad.
Fortunately, repainting the front door was a quick no cost project because the builder left us some touch up paint. So while it may or may not be an environmentally friendly outdoor paint (I suspect it isn’t) using the paint you already have on hand is an environmentally friendly practice (saves money too) so that’s what I did.
Here’s how I did it.
How to Repaint a Door
1. Wash the door with a mild soap and water solution. I used diluted Basic H. Dish detergent great works too.
2. After the door is dry, sand down any rough patches or peeling paint with sand paper or a sanding block, if needed.
3. Apply painters, masking, or another type of low tack tape around the doorknob, lock, hinges, etc. to protect them from possible paint splatters. (Guess how I know what happens if you don’t.)
4. Place drop cloth under the door and around the possible paint splatter zone.
- Tip:Never cheap out on paint! However, you can cheap out on drop cloths. Reusing an old sheet or holey tablecloth (as in tablecloth with a hole in it, not a religious artifact) for a drop cloth works very well for this project.
Yep, that's my foot. It got worse shortly after I took this photo.
6. Apply a second coat of paint and/or touchups, if needed, after the first coat of paint dries.
7. Remove the painter’s tape.
- Tip: Follow the edge of the painter’s tape with a utility knife before you remove the painter’s tape to keep the tape from feathering or stripping off fresh paint when you remove the painter’s tape.
8. Marvel at your newly painted door!
ahhhhh :) That just feels better now doesn't it. I always love a newly painted room/door/dresser/whatever :)
I always try to skip the tape, because I am convinced, CONVINCED that I can just paint neatly. Only, as it turns out, I cannot. I am glad to read this post that implies I am not alone in suffering the consequences. ;)
The door looks great!
Great step-by-step process and good advice about not getting any on you! The door looks great; I love the color and damn girl--taking down doors and repainting them! :)
Thanks for the tips Lisa. I agree using paint that you already have IS environmentally friendly and cheap too. I also keep old shower curtain liners and use them as drop cloths. Your new door looks great.
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