This is a project I have been wanting to do for a while. It is simple and makes a big impact. And the best part is it only took a day and $18.00. OK it took me 2 days, but only because I did one side a day. I am sure you could whip it out in a day if you would like.
Cute and cheery. It makes me smile, and that is always a good thing.
I painted both sides in a glossy red paint. Why both sides? Well, since our entry is so very, very small and so limited on how I could personalize it, I thought paint was the biggest impact I was able to make. Also I love looking a the bright red door where it was once blah.
(I have to admit, I am very frustrated with my photos. I have tried and tried to get a great picture from inside, but have failed miserably. I figured, lets get these up instead of working for weeks on taking photos.)
If you have forgotten, or are new to stop in, this is what the entry looked like a mere month ago...
I started out by removing the hardware and priming the door with a super sticky primer that was already tinted gray. I used Gripper by Glidden. A quart cost me $10. I made sure I had a primer that would stick well, since our door is metal. I also used the gray since I was going to use a red paint.
I decided to use Rust-oleum paint in Colonial Red. Cost $8 a quart. Even with the gray base coat, it took four coats of red. I would have painted one more for good measure, but I was worried about being able to close the door and having the paint dry enough. I did not want to wake up and have all the paint stuck to the weather-stripping. Luckily, that did not happen.
Here is my tip when painting doors. I use both a roller and a brush. I roll on the paint to make sure I have a good coverage of paint. I then take the brush and brush out the roller texture. It may be a personal choice, but I prefer the look of brush marks over the orange peel texture of a roller.
Here are some of the other small touches...
joining in on Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest