Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How NOT to Paint Your Front Door Black

This was so wayward that I wished that I could just throw it away but I couldn't because it was my front door. It took me three long days to finish and I was so grateful to be done! Here is what not to do:

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Day1: I painted two coats of  regular latex paint on the door. It is black paint. It got hot in the sun. We live in the humid south. It never cured.

Day 2: I could scrap the paint off with my finger. So I got my husband to take it back off the hinges and I tried to strip the paint off. I ran out of paint stripper and motivation but I had no front door on my house. My husband had left for work. I called my sister-in-law who comes to my rescue with left over primer. She can't stay long because it's her ANNIVERSARY which I had totally spaced. We open the primer and it is dried up with no saving it. I go to the store to buy spray paint. She took her kids and PB and went to her house while I spray painted my door with this but had not scraped all the latex off.

Day 3: Unhappy with unevenness of the gloss and you could see the old latex. Scraped all the latex off, sanded with steel wool and painted it with this and FINALLY I was happy.  I did about 7 coats and did it in the shade. My wrist ached for days because of all the scraping, sanding, and painting.

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The before can be seen in this post. It was just plain white from the factory. Now I can't believe I let it go naked for so long!
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Wreath tutorial to come next week!

6 comments :

Melissa Williams said...

My husband is a door/hardware sales & tech. He won't let me paint our front door black because he says it will warp from all the sun on the front of the house. :( I tell him, "but everyone I know has a black front door," and he says, "And I bet all of them have warping and don't even know it!" So then I say, "I don't care if it warps! At least it'll be pretty." LOL. I love your door. And I'm completely jealous.

Just Jaime said...

Great job, esp. after all that hard work!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

It looks great! My front door is still the primed white that it was when I bought it.....10 years ago!!! I really need to just pick a color, bite the bullet and paint it! Thanks for sharing and giving me some courage!

Sandie said...

Just beautiful. Now I want a new door. LOL

Tracy said...

For what its worth, it turned out awesome.
I painted my front door a nice burgundy red ;)

Heather Landry said...

I'm sorry that you had so many problems with it, but the finished product is absolutely beautiful. Very classy!

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