Happy Monday, readers! Nevermind. Mondays are never happy. But hey, every day above ground is a good one, right?!
Last weekend I shared with you this Insta photo , & I'm finally here to share my current favorite part of our house. The front door, yo!
I'm so in love. Seriously. In love. What we thought would take us Friday night only...ended up taking the entire 3 day weekend, but every time I pull up to our home I say a silent worth it!
Since there are 5021 different tutorials out there on how to paint a door, I won't go into extreme detail...but I will share some things that helped us along the way.
First of all...this is going to take you a long time. Way longer than you think. I just want to throw that out there now.
First, go down to Lowes, and pick up the following supplies:
- A high quality paint brush
- A high quality paint roller
- outdoor primer
- outdoor paint + primer (if you want a really, really good coverage)
- TSP (a bomb.com cleaner that literally cleans like you wouldn't imagine)
- Liquid Deglosser
- painters tape
- patience pills (they don't sell these at Lowes; actually...i'm not sure they sell em anywhere. If you know a place...hook a sista up :) )
After you give your door the ol' scrub-down take your Liquid Deglosser
and a rag, and begin stripping the door + trim. Jake did this part. That stuff is STINK-Y. (Emphasis on the Y). I sat in the driveway and cheered him on.
Once you start deglossing, you want to be ready to roll with your primer. (Total pun intended). Basically, if you wait overnight everything you stripped off with the deglosser with dry hard again and you'll have to repeat the step. Start priming as soon as the deglosser is dry to the touch
One giant mistake we made was doing the door one day, the trim the next. The door was actually pretty easy. Nothing too crazy...the trim sucked. Sucked big time. (I'm trying to think of a Metaphor for how much it sucked...but i'm only coming up with inappropriate jokes that I don't want my Grandma to read. tee-hee-hee) Another mistake we made was taping off the hardware instead of removing it. Just take it off. We ended up doing this the next day anyway.
After your primer coat is on...head down to get some Mexican food
When you get back...you're ready to paint...heck ya!
We started by rolling all 6 panels, as well as the trim, and then we cut in with the brush. The paint we used was Valspar Fun & Games. This is what it looked like after one coat:
|We were trying to decide if we wanted to paint the trim white or blue...white won!|
For some reason, that up close picture screams HOLY BLUE DOOR! But if you look from the street it wasn't that bright at all. I knew I was in love after that first coat. By then it was getting dark, so we called it a night and said we'd paint the second coat in the morning. At 6 AM the next day I was a kid on Christmas morning, ready to see how it looked in the daylight. (Which was terrible...it totally needed a second coat).
So she got her second coat, and now she is glorious! I absolutely love her. For the trim, we followed all of the above steps but used white paint instead:
|Country boy shake it for me ;)|
Now for a before and after, yeah?
|Sorry for the blurry before...it's all I had!|
Stay tuned for another Word tutorial, a kitchen update, & gift idea the rest of the week!
Until next time,
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