The main entrance at Storybook Cottage features a metal door with a long oval window. While this style of door would not be my first choice, I knew I could make it look better with a new paint job.
When we bought the house the door was painted a sort of “Cherries in the Snow” red. On it’s own it was a nice enough color. But it did not compliment the coppery pink brick that covers the house at all. It was a case of a cool color paired with warm colors.
Not to mention that as you moved further away from the house the entry became sort of a dark hole. It just didn’t feel friendly or welcoming.
In addition there were a few areas on the door that the paint had flaked off.
As well as spots that needed sanding down.
I bought the paint on Friday afternoon, gave the door a light sanding and washed it thoroughly. On Saturday morning I had Mr. Décor remove the hardware from the door as this makes painting so much easier. If you are unsure how to do this you can find several easy step by step videos on Youtube. Another option is to tape around the hardware.
Because it has been windy and the air is full of springtime pollen we opted to remove the door so I could paint it indoors to reduce the dust settling on the door while painting it. Dust and paint do not mix well. (By all means you can also opt not to remove the door.)
You simply remove the door by hammering the pin out of the hinge with a metal pin punch (they can be found at any hardware store). This is easier/safer if a second person holds the door in place while the other person does the hammering.
The door was laid on two sawhorses set on top of a few drop cloths.
The baby gate shown above is for these two fur kids who insisted on “helping me” at all times. :)
Now there are two rules of thought when painting the entryway door. Some people opt to paint the door trim the same color of the door while others select a different color. Either way is fine, it’s a personal choice. We decided to paint the trim the same color to give the doorway area more presence and because the old trim featured two different beige paint colors and a host of dents and gauges. All were filled in with putty and sanded smooth.
Because we opted to paint the trim we removed the weather stripping (a form of insulation) as well. It is easy to remove and reposition back into place once you are finished painting.
Just a tad more sanding…
As well as another quick wipe down.
I used a bit of frog tape around the white edge of the door even though I have a fairly steady painting hand.
Because you can see that the previous owners didn’t use tape and had an “oops” moment.
Believe it or not the previous steps only took a mere 30 minutes. But it is time well spent to ensure an almost perfect paint job. Now it was time to paint. I opted to use a 4 inch foam roller made specifically for doors and cabinets. This provided the majority of the paint coverage. A small filament bristled brush for trim and cutting in was used in the crevices and hard to reach areas.
Painting a metal door is a bit of a challenge. Unlike wood the paint does not “sink in”. The best remedy is to paint 2-3 very thin coats. This is the first coat so that you can see it is not thickly applied. Bits of red still peek through. I let it dry for one hour.
On the second coat I used the brush first and then the roller to ensure I could get the finish as smooth as possible. I let it dry for two hours.
Since I was going from a dark to light color I opted for a third coat to ensure that none of the previous red would bleed through. This coat was left to dry for three hours before the door was rehung. My patience paid off as the finish is smooth as silk.
Because taping an oval shaped window is pretty difficult I opted not to do it and simply used a scraper to remove the dried paint off of the glass.
I just love how the soft green now compliments the color of the brick instead of fighting with it. If you remember I asked DTA readers to vote on the color we should use.
“Kind Green” by Sherwin Williams (SW-6457) won by a landslide based on blog, twitter and Facebook comments. I used an exterior latex paint in a satin finish.
So what do you think?
I think it’s so much better than the “before”.
Even from far away the doorway seems to beckon everyone with a kind welcome.
(Mr. Décor is systematically replacing the weeds with grass hence the dirt section in the front left. )
It’s been a bit of a challenge to find a wreath/door treatment that worked with the oval shaped window. I found the grapevine bunny at At Home.
Of course I had to embellish him with a bit of “Spring”.
One last “outtake” to bring a smile to your morning.
I bring you Franz the sunbathing frog boy.
Signing off as I need to “hop to it” on several other projects.