Paint You Front Door

When you're thinking of redecorating or renovating your real estate to better represent your preferences, don't forget to do the exterior of the home. Your outdoor renovations don't have to be complex, but they should include one thing: painting the door. You'd be amazed at what a difference painting the door makes to the look and feel of your home. If you're thinking about painting your door, here are some tips to look over before you get started.

First off, make sure it is possible to paint your door. Some doors, especially ones made out of coated metal or stained wood, cannot be painted, as the coating that is already on the entrance to your house would just cause it to peel off. If you're not sure whether your door can be painted, ask the employees at your local hardware store. They'll know what sorts of materials can be painted over. If your door can't be painted, the only way to change the color is to replace the door.

Once you've determined that your door can be painted, it's time to go ahead and pick out the color. Don't decide on impulse. Take home lots of swatches from the hardware store and review them against the door at different times of day, as the quality of the light may make the colors look different at different times of day. Your home plans may call for a red door, but choose too dark a shade and it will look black by early evening.

If you need some ideas for choosing a door color, draw inspiration from the rest of the exterior. Do you want to match the bricks? Accent the color of the siding? Bring out the azaleas in the flower beds? Muted colors often work well for doors if you want them to be unobtrusive, but in a situation where the property you live in is shared among several apartments, you may want to paint your door a bright, unusual color or pattern to set it apart from the other entrances.

And finally, when you go to the hardware store to buy the paint, make sure you choose the right type for the material your door is made of. Latex based paints may be easier to clean up, but putting them on the exterior of a home is sometimes not a good idea, as it won't last as long as a gooier, harder to clean oil based paint.

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