Today's post is actually going to be a mini tutorial. With lots of pictures (because I'm a visual learner).
If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen this picture:
This was yesterdays project. Operation paint the front door. When I posted the picture I had a few ask for a tutorial on how it was done. Well....I didn't originally plan on blogging about it so I kinda, sorta, didn't take any pictures of the process. Oops! But don't fret I was already planning on painting my garage door so ill use that for the tutorial and adjust tips where needed.
Are you ready? Lets go!
Step 1. Assemble your supplies!
In my opinion Frog Tape is the best you can buy! You'll also need a cleaner to wash down the surface. Plus your painting tools.
I recommend using a small SPONGE roller.
If you live in Canada here is a paint option for you (Canadian Tire $27)
If you are painting your door a color be sure you get them to mix the EXTERIOR paint that says ACCENT BASE!
Step 2. READ THE CAN!! Take it from me...who didn't. I thought "I'm a big girl, I paint all the time...I got this!". Then I got mad and finally read the can! When it recommends waiting 4-6 hours between coats...LISTEN! Its for your own good. Applying the paint too quickly will only start to take off the first coat and show roller lines and brush strokes. Frustrating!
Step 3. Wash down the entire door.
Step 4. Tape off anything you do not want painted (Ie. Siding, Trim, Door Knob, Lock ect)...do not skip this step...you'll be sorry.
Step 5. Begin to use your roller to apply an even coat of paint over the entire door. Word of advice, do not try to be "proper" and paint the stiles of the door first with a brush...you WILL regret it! I did this on the front door and it took 4 coats with the roller to cover the lines from the brush. Your small sponge roller will get in all those nooks just fine! (Man I wish I could have read this tutorial first)
Make sure you get up into all the areas even though you think you may never see them, no cutting corners if you want a professional look in the end.
Step 6. Allow the paint to dry for a complete 4-6 hours before re coating. VERY IMPORTANT!
Step 7. Once the 4-6 hours are up get out your supplies and give the whole door another good coat. If done correctly (by waiting it out) you should only need 2 coats. I didn't wait on the front door and ended up needing 4!!!! (Not worth the time and energy, I'm just glad it looks good now that its done)
Step 8. Remove the tape and admire your NEW door! (I even had a neighbour come over and tell me it looked great! Don't be surprised if you do too).
(Excuse the vehicle bum's, Ill get a better picture when I complete all my projects outside)
Here is a picture of our house on the day we moved in:Here it is now with the front door, garage door and deck painted!
I hope you liked today's tutorial! If you have any questions please leave me a comment and Ill try my best to help.
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