Front Door Makeover
So excited to be sharing my front entry transformation with you all! Our entry way has been neglected since we moved in. I also wanted to buy a new front entry door so didn't do a color on the main front door when we painted the home, but now that we have decided to stick with what we have I knew that paint would make the entry way more interesting and welcoming.
Here is a photo of the entry before. The door was Urbane Bronze from Sherwin Williams, (a great color for trim and doors by the way!) It is also the same color as my fascia and garage door trim. I had painted the entry flooring a couple of years ago with an indoor / outdoor paint that didn't last long with the wear and tear of the winter here. Plus, I chose a light color that matched our trim, but isn't great for hiding dirt and wear and tear. (Even though I do like the contrast)
The first project I did to the front was to paint the flooring. This time, I chose a tougher indoor outdoor product to withstand the weather. It is a granite look (they say) finish for flooring called Granite Grip by Behr paint. I think it looks and feels more like sand.
This product was not the easiest to go on but I do like the way it looks, and I am hoping it will help the entry be less slippery in the winter. We have had some slick ice on the entry before so I will have to make a note to update how well it performs over the winter. Here are some photos of the painting in process. I washed the entry and then rolled on the thick glue like Granite Grip. It looked pink at first, but dried only to see the sandy particles. This took two days as I decided to paint the sides and ran out of paint, then it rained, and then a week later I finished painting again! The hardest part of this process was painting the edges around the wall and corners, the instructions say to use a roller but it knocks against the walls. I used an old paint brush to cover the edges and corners.
The next project was to paint the front door! After cleaning it, I decided to fill in the dents. After researching, I found that bondo auto dent filler is the best product to use for metal doors. So I ordered this product on Amazon. It comes with both the putty and the hardener.
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Here is a slideshow of photos from that process. I did have to sand the door, I used 120 grit sand paper and my hand held sander along with good old elbow grease. After cleaning up the residue it was time to apply the bondo. You have to mix the putty with the harder and work fast! It dries in about 5 minutes.
Now that the door has been dent filled and sanded, it was time to paint! (My favorite part). I used Behr Marquee paint which is a really thick primer and paint in one. The color is Amber Brew- an almost mustard yellow. A color tip for choosing a front door color is to go darker and more muted that the color you want. It always looks lighter and brighter when painted, otherwise it will look too bright.
I painted in this sequence because Sherwin Williams told me to, lol. - I used an angled brush and foam roller brush. In hindsight, I may have just used the brush as I liked the look of that better than the roller after the paint dried.
Thanks for taking time to check out the front door remodel. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.
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