How to Paint a Front Door

Create instant curb appeal with a bold, bright color. You can also use these techniques to paint any interior or exterior door. 

Modern front door painted bright yellow color with white trim.

How to Paint a Front Door

Create instant curb appeal with a bold, bright color. You can also use these techniques to paint any interior or exterior door. 

GOAL OF PROJECT

Get a super-smooth finish on any door. 

DIFFICULTY
Beginner
TIME TO COMPLETE
A few hours
Animated before and after transition of unpainted and painted front door.

Purdy® Supplies You’ll Need

Step 1 Prep the door

Remove all hardware.

Clean the door thoroughly. Then, use a Premium 10-in-1 Multi-Tool to fill any dents and fix other imperfections with putty. Let the putty fully dry.

Lightly sand the surface to ensure a smooth final result.

Thoroughly wipe the surface with a lint-free cloth to remove any dust. 

Step 2 Tape

Tape off any windows and the surrounding trim. Place a drop cloth on the ground. 

Step 3 Plan your route & paint

To maximize efficiency, use the diagram to guide the order in which you paint.

Use your Nylox brush to cut in and around windows and recessed areas. Nylox brushes are super soft and create a perfect finish with no brush marks

Use your Parrot mini roller to paint the flat areas of the door. The Parrot quality mohair fabric is ideal for creating a smooth, mirror-like finish. 

HELPFUL TIP
Depending on the formula and the color you are using, you might need to apply multiple coats. Always follow paint manufacturer’s label instructions for recoat and dry times.
Avoid shutting the door until the paint is fully cured to prevent it from sticking to the frame.

Once the paint is fully cured, peel off the tape and reattach the hardware. 

Completed Project

statement front door in yellow
statement front door in yellow

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