Sadly, we tend to judge a book by its cover. To make sure your entrance isn’t judged too harshly, you can do wonders by changing the colour of your door and adding accessories. For a high-gloss finish, use an exterior enamel or, for a semi-gloss finish, as here, use a water-based Aquanamel.
Gather your supplies
• Drop sheet or cardboard
• Masking tape
• 180-grit sanding block and paper or sanding sponge
• 38 or 50mm paintbrush
• Small roller
• Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss (we used Happy)
Step 1 Put down drop sheet or cardboard to catch any paint drips. As it can be difficult to remove door furniture, simply cover all hardware and glass with masking tape to ensure you do not accidentally paint them. You can even mask over the hinges so they remain nice and bright
Step 2 Sand door with 180-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge. This smooths off any bumps or blemishes and provides a key for the new paint. If your door is in poor condition, you may have to sand more heavily, and prime and undercoat before painting.
Step 3 Using 38 or 50mm brush, cut in around glass, handles, locks and hinges.
Step 4 Using small roller, paint main areas of door, spreading paint evenly so there are no thick areas or ridges. Apply more coats until you get the depth of colour you want.
Accessorise: When the front of your house looks fab, you’ll want somewhere to sit and enjoy it – a café-style setting does the job. Tie in plants with your newly painted front door. With your door styled super sleek, use rusting pots to balance the look.