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Front Door Makeover

I must say since purchasing this home over 2 years ago the interior is making me really happy lately. We have worked really hard to make this house a home and I think we have definitely succeeded.

The exterior is a whole other story. We haven’t done anything to the landscaping or exterior of the house and it is starting to show the neglect.

With fall coming up I wanted to decorate my front steps for the season. I knew I had to do something about the door. It was white, boring, dirty…it kind of looked like it might have never been painted, only primed. I needed something fresh and to make a bigger statement.


I am a little limited with colors because our roof is red, and the brick on the foundation is red.

I thought I would like a deep navy blue, but when I started looking at samples I thought it would have been too bright. I started to notice that some of the bricks in the foundation were a dark gray. I liked they idea to play off of them and bring that color to the door.


I choose Valspar’s Chimney Smoke. In the picture above it’s the one on the left.

Valspar was very generous to send me a gallon of their Reserve exterior paint for me to use on the door.


There was a little bit of rust on the door I had to scrape that off and prime the whole door again.

rust door


When I started painting using Valspar’s exterior paint I was really impressed. It was smooth and creamy and did not leave a ton of brush strokes. I did apply two coats of the paint, but it was because I had missed a few spots.

I purchased a few clay pots on clearance at Wal-Mart and gave them a coat of the same paint to match the door.


I’m really excited to get started decorating the front porch for fall, I am so thrilled with the way the door came out.

What a difference just a coat of paint can make to help bring something that has been a little neglected back to life.







Monday 18th of May 2020

Looks amazing. My door is an oak wood color and also the entrance to my dining room with white walls. I was remodeling and thinking of painting door black interior and exterior. This is inspiration!


Monday 19th of September 2016

Beautiful! We just repainted our door a few weeks back in a candy apple red and what a difference!


Sunday 4th of September 2016

I'm curious how well the paint will hold up with there not being like a screen door/storm door? I've been wanting to paint mine but husband says I shouldn't without another door


Monday 5th of September 2016

It's been a year and it's held up great! We are actually going to be putting a screen door on soon though.


Monday 25th of April 2016

That's great. Yours looks wonderful. We will definitely be repainting ours now using your recommendations. Thank you!!


Sunday 24th of April 2016

Did you remove the door from the hinges or paint it as is?


Sunday 24th of April 2016

Nope I just painted it as is!

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