How to Paint Your Front Door, From Start to Finish

Learn what you need to know about this weekend project, such as the best paint to use and the right time to do it

Maybe you want to give your home’s exterior a color makeover. Or you’re ready to paint the front door that bold color you’ve been eyeing. Perhaps it’s time to refresh paint that has faded over time. Regardless of your reason for doing it, painting the front door is an easy and effective way to update and enhance your home’s exterior. It’s a home improvement project that can take a day to finish, won’t cost too much and can be done on your own or with the help of a professional.

Painting the front door is a seasonal project, depending on where you live, as you can’t paint in winter if it’s too cold outside. (Paint cans will state their minimum temperature requirements). You also don’t want it to be too hot, as the paint will be at risk of drying too fast and will be more likely to leave roller or brush marks. “We always try to paint doors when they are in the shade and are cool,” says painting contractor Michael Murray.

Read on for more tips on how to paint the front door.

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