Thank you HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When we moved into our house last summer the whole thing was painted brown. It didn’t match our style so we painted it a very light grey with light trim, you can see both phases below! The only thing we didn’t paint was the front door. I wanted to be 100% sure of the color before we moved forward with the project so we ended up leaving it stained. It looked nice but you guys know how much I love color! Painting the front door adds so much personality and curb appeal to a home.
The weather in Texas is cooling off, making it the perfect time for exterior paint projects! If you’ve visited the paint department at Lowe’s before, I’m sure you’ve seen the nicely curated wall of brochures next to all the paint color options. These are the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams designer-curated Color Collections! Each collection takes the guesswork out of choosing paint colors and helps determine what colors complement each other nicely.
I knew I wanted some shade of blue for the front door but I can be easily overwhelmed by color options. I chose a couple of my favorite options within the American Heritage Color Collection because the color palette of the entire collection is similar to the tones on the exterior of our house between the siding, trim, light fixtures, and porch furniture.
I’m sharing a few of my tips and tricks below to make painting your front door a less overwhelming project!
Instead of painting the sample directly on the door, I like to paint on a thick piece of white paper. This allows you to move the sample around so you can see how the colors look differently from lighting. Plus when you move forward with painting, this will ensure you’re beginning with an even surface.
We had our door stained last year so it was a good shape. If you have scratches or peeling paint you’ll want to sand it down so you start with a fresh, smooth surface. Then wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt.
If you have press and seal plastic wrap in your kitchen, it comes in handy to easily cover windows! You’ll still use painters’ tape around the edges to get a clean line but the plastic wrap helps cover a larger area at once.
I chose Resolute Blue (HGSW2365) from the American Heritage Color Collection. For this project I used HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams new Everlast™ Exterior Paint in a Satin Finish. The Everlast Paint holds up in extreme weather including crazy humidity like Houston! The paint went on smooth and the primer combo created full coverage strokes with one coat.
What do you think about the finished front door? Once it was painted I decided to swap out the light fixture as well as painting the porch ceiling the same color as the door. I love how much the pop of blue brightens up our front porch!