My front door needed a make-over in a bad way!
I have lived at my home for 14 years and my front door was not high on my ever-elongating to-do list. Finally, I decided to tackle it and I love the results.
My front door is solid wood, not plywood glued and stapled together, but 100% one piece of solid wood. It’s a little heavy, which is one reason I decided not to unhinge it to do all of this work. First, I started by removing the diamond-shaped frames from the outside and applying a paintable wood putty to the nail holes and any other dings and dents. Then I sanded the door. I had to do a lot of sanding! I started with 40 grit sandpaper and a handheld sander. Afterward, I moved to an 80 grit, then a 120 grit using a clean paint brush in between sanding in order to remove the wood dust.
After that was done (whew!) I used a damp sponge to help remove any remaining dust, then I let it dry.
I also had a 1-1/8″ hole in my door from an old door knob that had busted. In order to fill the hole that went all the way through my door, I had to cut a wood dowel rod down, glue it into the hole, and spackle and sand it smooth.
After the door was dry and dust-free, I taped off the dead bolt lock, the door knob, and the edge between the door and the door frame.
Properly repainting a door would mean removing the door from the hinges and removing all of the hardware.
Since I was doing this alone, I was not about to do all that extra work. I was very diligent in placing the tape and while painting.
I used three coats of an exterior paint so that the door will hold up to the weather better, letting the coats dry before applying another.
I spaced this project out over two days. Applying the spackle/putty and sanding was done on the first day. All of the taping and painting was done on the second day. All together, this project took about 9 hours. The sanding was the most labor-intensive and time consuming part.
After finishing all of the painting and doing any additional touch-ups, my door was finished!
My husband and I added a new screen door as well. It looks so much better.
Now all I have to do is the concrete steps leading to our front door, a new light fixture, new address numbers, etc., etc. and the curb appeal will be all set! Ah, dreams…….
Let me know if you’ve done a project like this recently or if you’ve been inspired by mine! Thanks for reading. ~ April