On our pre-party to-do list was the task of painting our front door. Ideally, we could replace the entire thing. It’s terribly dented and it’s not necessarily our favorite design. We have actually been pricing out a dutch door. I can’t stop dreaming about the functionality of a dutch door–where I can open the top and Greta (and soon to be sibling) and Charly wouldn’t escape out or I wouldn’t have to have one hand on a collar and one signing for and accepting packages. I dream about these things. Aw well, for now–paint will tide us over. Our front door was an incredibly glossy maroon. I am pretty sure they brought it into a car shop to get sprayed the same color as my dad’s Crown Victoria back in the day.
I was nervous about painting over such a glossy paint. More about the prep than the project itself. I did a lot of research about sanding vs. deglossing vs. priming and discovered Benjamin Moore’s Interior/Exterior Fresh Start Superior Primer. It says right on the can how it is perfect for high gloss surfaces and no additional prep was needed.
I cleaned the door well and started cutting in the primer (that I had tinted a dark gray since I was painting the door black). Even though this wasn’t the final color, it was so nice to see that glossy maroon start to disappear. Greta really likes to roll paint on, so when it was time for that, I let her help me “go nice and slow.”
This was after my first and only coat of primer. Even though you can still see several of the door’s dents, it was entirely less obvious with a flatter sheen. I put two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Onyx color matched to Clark + Kensington’s Exterior Satin enamel over the door and sidelight and stepped back.
It’s an improvement! It looks so much better than the glossy maroon, and perfect for a temporary solution until we replace the door entirely. Looking at this picture I am wondering if I should paint the white molding around the door and sidelight black, too. Thoughts?
Update: Thanks for all the encouragement! I went ahead and painted the trim the same color as the door and actually removed the kick plate, too. Loving it so much more.