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How To Paint A Front Door

We have a super fun project to share with you guys today. One that applies to basically everyone, no matter your style, taste or even skill level! Today we’re sharing how to paint a front door (or repaint).

DIY Painted Front Door With ScotchBlue

We are painting the exterior of Savannah’s front entry door of her house today. She’s in a rental so we knew we would just be able to do cosmetic updates to the outside.  The plan was to paint the front door, some other paint updates (the step under the door, repaint the foundation, facia and door casing), add shutters, a window box and some plants and flowers. If you’re in a rental, be sure to check with your landlord first before painting a door!

The Front Door Before Painting It

The front door was replaced a few months ago. It came primed but not painted and she waited and waited until she decided on the perfect color to paint it.  She finally decided she wanted a deep, rich navy so we got to work!

How to paint a door

Scotch Blue Painters Tape To Cover Door

Supplies To Paint Front Door:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Cleaning cloth
  • ScotchBlue PLATINUM Painter’s Tape
  • Putty knife
  • Exterior door paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Lint-free paint roller
  • Paint tray

Painting Your Front Door in 4 Steps:

Cleaning the front door before painting itStep 1 – Clean & Prep Your Door

Make sure your door is clear of any dust, lint, dirt, wax etc. Using an all-purpose cleaner and a cleaning cloth to scrub any dirt off of your door. Allow to dry before the next step. Cleaning your door well will ensure the most crisp paint lines and a smooth and durable finish on your front door.

edging the door with painters tape before painting

Smoothing Painters Tape On Front Door

Taping Around Front Door Hardware Before PaintingStep 2 – Tape The Door

Once your surface is completely clean, apply ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape on windows, glass, door knobs, deadbolt locks, etc. Basically over anything you do not want painted. Take care to apply it straight and use a putty knife to smooth and add pressure to the tape to ensure a tight seal for the paint. For tricky angles, ScotchBlue PLATINUM Painter’s Tape tears at perfect 90 degree angles. This was especially helpful around the window. Taping Around Front Door Windows

Step 3 – Painting Your Front Door

Start painting your door by painting the details of the door first. When painting a door, we paint the decorative areas and the window casing first.

Paint the rest of the door. We used both a paintbrush and a roller and did 2-3 coats of paint. Allow each coat to dry completely before doing the next coat. The brush gave a bit better coverage but the roller helped provide a really smooth looking finish without brush strokes.

Painting Details Of Front Door First Blue Paint on Front Door

Letting Paint Dry on Front Door

Step 4 – Remove Painters Tape + Let Dry

Carefully remove the Painter’s Tape at a 45 degree angle while paint is still tacky.

Allow to dry. While the door dried, we also painted the door casing and the step beneath the door.

Painted Front Door Didn't Take Long

Painted Front Door Without Removing It Finished DIY Painted Front Door ProjectThe faux boxwood wreath was hung with a command hook directly on the glass and we love the color and freshness it adds. The shutters, window box, plants and flowers are all new and totally change the look and add to the curb appeal of the house! We love how it turned out!Blue Front Door DIY Painting

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We are excited to be 3M-sponsored bloggers. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by us for How to paint a door with ScotchBlue.
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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Handyman Hackney
    June 14, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Congratulations, you did a professional work here! The color you’ve chosen is also outstanding!

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    Lois Black
    June 15, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Great job! Make a huge difference!!!

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    Whitney Shortt
    June 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Love the blue with the black! We just painted our front door a vibrant blue recently and I’m hoping to paint the trim and storm door black if I can convince the hubs!
    http://www.whitneydonae.com/home/how-we-picked-the-perfect-shade-of-blue-for-our-front-door2016

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    Sandy Lasey
    July 5, 2016 at 8:29 am

    What color and brand of paint is this door?

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    Ria
    July 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Love the updated look!!! Could you please share the paint brand/color that was used? It’s exactly the shade of blue I’m looking for!

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    Gildy
    July 18, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I love this update, can you share the door color ? Thanks !!!

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    Hildy
    July 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Beautiful, can you share the color you used for the door ? Thanks !!!

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    Chanda
    July 19, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Any suggestions for a front door with an oval window.

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    Lydia
    July 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

    What color blue did you use for your door? Thanks!

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    JM
    July 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    What happens if your front door is in direct light most of the day? How long did you let it dry between coats?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      August 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Hi! You’ll want to read your paint can for instructions on dry time. We waited about an hour using Modern Master’s front door paint. 🙂

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        Cassandra McKelvey
        June 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm

        Hi, just wondering what shade of blue did you use for this door? It looks great!!

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    ali
    July 23, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Nice design. İ like the blue door . İ should paint my door 🙂

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    Cheap Assignment Service | BuyAssignmentService
    March 11, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Oh great ! i can also make so many designs with this tape technique. Thanks a lot.

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    Sheila
    April 30, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    This is my favorite set of instructions! Will be doing it in the next two weeks. My door is completely flat and I’d like to use just a roller.
    Should I start from the top and plan to just blend in any drips?

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    Alyssa Lehn
    May 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve been wanting to paint my front door. My door right now is black and I want to paint it green. Do you think I should paint the door white first and then green or do you think the paint will cover it enough?

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    Alicia Hursley
    May 21, 2020 at 8:52 am

    That is a really nice shade of blue. I’ve never really thought of painting my front door as a DIY project. I’ve gone with N-Hance in the past and really liked the work they did. It wasn’t super pricey either. That said I’m definitely going to follow your tips and try to get some of my bedroom doors painted this week!

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    August 7, 2020 at 8:42 pm

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