Picking the right color and painting exterior doors
I have been doing quite some painting lately, haven’t I? It’s my favorite time of the year when the weather changes and it’s not too cold anymore for painting and not too hot yet. So I love to keep busy with some painting projects.
I had told you that I wanted to paint the front door and today I’m sharing the process of picking paint colors and painting exterior doors.
To refresh your memory, this following photo is what our porch looked like before (I still want that bush to come out):
My first instinct was to not go matching with my bench’s seat cushion. I would have loved to do pink and I know it would have looked great. I could just add some pillows to the bench to tie it all together but I had to consider that my husband and son weren’t all for it.
I’m glad that I got my pink dresser (click HERE to see the makeover if you missed it and HERE for my painted porch post)!
Let me try to help you with some door colors and how to paint the door as well.
Picking a color for your front door
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Look at your surroundings and neighborhood.
Don’t be afraid to go bold, it’s so easy to change again if you don’t like it.
And for those of you who suggested black… Yes it would look great but it doesn’t draw your eye to the front door in my case. Depending on the time of the day our porch is dark and ends up looking like a black hole as you can see in the before photo which helped me in my final decision to go light and bright. This is also the reason why I wanted to get away from the dark hunter green we had before.
In Feng Shui the front door is a place to attract good chi and positive energy with bright colors and beautifully kept entrance. That all contributes to helping you invite the positive into your home and I’m all for that.
The color I decided on is Valspar’s Everglade Glen 6003-A. (And remember Valspar has a Love Your Color Guarantee)
My favorite light colors for a front door
Before we get to the painting part, I also wanted to share my favorite pastel shades with you and I would have loved every single one of them on my front door. I guess I could change it every year. They are all very happy and inviting shades.
front left top to right:
Mino’s Eye 6003-9B
Whipped Apricot 2007-2B
Hello Dolly 1007-4B
Everglade Glen 6003-6A (which I picked)
Dusky Lavender 4001-7C
All by Valspar
Painting Exterior Doors
Here are my favorite brushes and small roller to get the job done, all purchased on Amazon and delivered right to my front door. I rarely run out to the store anymore. Please tell me I’m not the only one.
4-Inch Mo-Tech roller and handle
I used Valspar DURAMAX weather protection which is perfect for an exterior metal door. It is fade resistant, has weather protection, resistance to cracking and peeling and fade resistant.
I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to take the door off the hinges. The reason for that is that I have to run around a lot during the day and I don’t like the fact that in an emergency I couldn’t just lock the front door and run even though that would mean I’d mess up my wet paint job.
So I don’t take the door off the hinges and I don’t even take the knobs off. I just loosen them so I can get behind them with the brush. That way I can attach the knobs quickly again too.
I first cut in with the brushes and then roll over it with the roller. For the second coat I only needed the brushes for around the door knob and around the window. The rollers are small enough to be able to get into the details of the paneling and I got the job done quickly with the rollers.
Such an easy fix with big impact and we love it. Once again the lighter color doesn’t show stuff marks and dirt as much as the darker color.
Yup that bush has got to go. It’s really ugly from the other side. So when you sit on the bench you look into a gnarly mess. I love these types of bushes though and want to get the same one again just smaller.
So which one of those pastel shades would you have picked?
that is such a fun front door, julia! i love it! and that knocker gets me every time! knocker envy.
Thanks Cassie and I truly love my knocker 😉
It looks FABULOUS111
The color is perfect! I wanted to paint my front door that color, but got discouraged by Steve. Try cutting your bush down very low instead of getting rid of it.
Too late, yikes! I let out my frustrations on it this morning and hacked it to pieces ????
I love the green against the b&w floor. Very classic and pretty.
ooh, what a pretty color! So your shutters are still dark green, yes? we have dark green shutters, and I struggle to find a door color I like that would work with them (we went with the very creative dark gray last time ;), but I’m ready for a change)
Don’t hesitate 😉 it’s so so easy to change if you don’t like it
Its so welcoming! I’ve been toying with the idea of painting mine but just can’t pull the trigger. Btw, still loving that front porch. It’s so amazing.
It’s so easy to change if you don’t like it, so just do it 😉
WOW – what a difference that color makes! So much more inviting than it was before. Do you think that would work on a non-lacquered wooden door as well, or would I have to strip and prime it first?
What a pretty bunch of colors, and I agree… that knocker is awesome!
It’s so pretty Julia!! I had a similar color on our front door in VA and I loved driving down the street and seeing it stand out. The stripes, topiaries, and door knocker are perfect and feel like your signature style. Beautiful curb appeal. Pinning.
I like the light green contrasted with the darker on your storm door. Getting ready to paint our front door hopefully this weekend and thinking something similar with blue and black. Can you tell me how you created the collage of door colors with the exact paint colors? Is it through photoshop or a website? Been trying to figure out how to do that forever!
Hi Whitney, I did it in Photoshop yes.
The porch and the front door look amazing! An unusually classy and fun combination.