How to repaint a front door… industrial blue style
I have wanted to repaint my front door forever. Here’s why…
The door before
Welcome to my very scratched up burgundy door. It was this colour when I moved in.
Over time, I attempted to add a glaze to it to give it some dimension to buy some additional time until I figured out if I was going to repaint it or replace it…
And I even got a new push button lock for it!
But in a nutshell…
While this colour is actually pretty, it did nothing for the colour of my home
The brick around the door is orange-ish. And it didn’t even play all that well with the siding tone. It really was a hot mess.
I tested the waters by painting the molding a complimentary tan colour to the siding, but it wasn’t working.
So I let this combination sit for a long time until it came to me… I had already repainted most of the house trim a gorgeous warm black / deep chocolate custom colour (inspired by my cat’s tones!)… so why not try that with the trim around the door?
Which would then separate the door moreso allowing a fresh new colour to pop… now what colour would that be?
And then this little blessing dropped in the mail, which changed my mind in a quick, hot second!
My new shipment of Fusion Mineral Paint arrived, and in the box was this luscious Homestead Blue.
Fusion Mineral Paint is a self priming, self levelling, no top coat required furniture paint that is ok for outdoors as well so I was anxious to give it a try on my door!
How to repaint a front door:
Supplies I used:
Blue Door Paint – Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue
Tsp or a cleaner (I suggest to use Fusion’s phosphate-free TSP!)
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How to repaint your front door
1. Clean your front door well, to remove all surface contaminates.
I cleaned my front door with soap and water, then rinsed it off well because I didn’t have any special cleaner at the time. But I do now!
Fusion carries a Phosphate-free TSP version, which I recommend. You dilute it with water, and there’s no need to rinse it off either. A container will last you a long time!
2. Scuff sand your surface, then remove dust with one more clean.
Doing a light scuff sand ensures a smooth surface offers nooks and crannies for the new paint to stick.
3. Give your pint a good shake.
Look at that beautiful blue liquid gold… you can just about hear it glug while I shake! I want to drink it!
4. Pour paint into a clean container.
While many dip their brushes in paint containers, I like to pour paint into a fresh container to keep the pint contamination-free.
Then wash the Fusion lid and clean the pint rim before closing it. Fusion has incredible bonding power and your lid may stick if you don’t.
Tip: I now drill a large hole into a new pint lid when I first receive it, then cover the hole with masking tape to create a pouring spout of sorts. It works amazing!
I was so anxious to try the paint colour, I did a test first! And fell completely in LOVE! So right after this…
5. Tape your door window edges with masking tape and remove door handle.
6. Paint window framework first as a separate entity.
7. Start from the top of your door, and work down, so you are always painting against a wet edge. This ensures perfect blending.
If your door has deeper panels than mine, I’d suggest to paint them first, then surrounding them immediately as you work your way down. The key is to maintain a wet edge for perfect blending.
I personally only required 1 coat as the coverage was that good! You may wish to add a second coat.
General painting tips with Fusion:
- Do a surface test first to ensure you’re going to achieve the desired results.
- Don’t delay the project once you start. Fusion dries quickly, especially outdoors.
- Maintain a wet edge at all times for perfect blending.
- Paint drying too fast? Use Fusion’s paint extender or spritz with water as you work or wet your brush with water prior.
- Don’t want brush strokes? Try a microfibre roller. Option: remove texture with a brush.
But let’s fix up that frame around the door now and allow that beautiful blue to pop!
I decided to use my house trim paint so it was an exact match.
But this paint tone is close to Fusion’s Chocolate with perhaps a little black added. Or use Fusion’s Coal Black.
Trim paint and colour I used:
Custom tone – blackish brown
Cloverdale Paint (sold in Canada)
Covercoat Flat / 02204 N (neutral base) with B 11y / C 1y8 / I 1y8 / 02204
The repainted door reveal
THEN BAM! I had this gorgeousness in front of me! Isn’t it a complete stunner?
The darker framework perfectly set the stage for the Homestead blue door. Just gorgeous!
Why Homestead Blue?
Blue is on the opposite colour wheel of red, so they compliment each other. But the key is intensity too. The tone of the brick was close to the tone of the blue.
And the brown-black trim colour really frames both the brick and the door beautifully.
It’s a stunning combination!
Here’s one trinket I found at the Chelsea Flea Market while visiting New York! The tin above was only $10, so it needed to come home with me.
A couple more propellers / blades on the other side sealed the deal. They are from Granny and Grumpas, and reader Sandy, from THIS post!
To this gorgeousness!
Seriously, how can such a little amount of paint make such a big difference?
But the MUCH bigger question… why did I wait YEARS to do this?!
Quite possibly, because Fusion wasn’t born yet. 🙂
HERE is a post by Melanie of Lost and Found Decor, using Homestead Blue on her front door too. She offers some sound prepping, and prior cleaning tips. She’s also a trained Fusion paint merchant, so she knows what she’s doing. Listen to HER! 🙂
So if you were wondering how to repaint a front door, I hope this tutorial offers you the confidence to pick a colour and go for it!
Besides… it’s only paint. And you can change it up next season for the price of a new pint!
I do… see below where I repainted my door in Bayberry next!
What colour is your front door? What would you like it to be?
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p.s. and make sure to get that brush!
Disclosure: Fusion sent complimentary paint for this project and since I was so thrilled with it, I wanted to write about it! All opinions are my own. I proudly endorse Fusion products.
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