As a homeowner myself, I know the list of potential projects is never-ending. Once you finally take the plunge, and buy a place, you become uber aware of the changes you want to make–big and little.

And I won’t even begin to go into the cost of all those upgrades. In addition to an already steep mortgage, the last thing you need is to pour loads of money into your home.

One of my favorite ways to inexpensively improve the facade of a house, is to paint the front door.

Granted, you may need new windows, new siding, or even have some grand construction updates on your someday to-do list. But you’d be surprised by how a little facelift for the door, can make those larger projects fade into the background.

Whether your door is old or bland, a pop of color against a neutral exterior, improves the entire look of the house without going color crazy.

A teal door can be great, but I’m not necessarily a fan of teal siding. Get my point?

Choose a color

The best way to do this, is to get lots and lots of paint samples, and paint them on your front door. Until you see a color in natural light, it will be hard to know what will look right.

There are many factors that affect the way a color looks in a given environment. Maybe your front door is shaded or has a porch that keeps sun out. Does your tan siding have a green undertone or a gray one?

Take into account the surroundings: trees or lack thereof.

Preview the sample colors on the door, at multiple times during the day, so that you know what the color looks like in varying light throughout the day.

The end result will be worth this step.

Prep the door

In order for the paint job to look professional, I recommend you take the door off its hinges and remove the hardware. That being said, if you’d rather not you can always tape around those things and leave the door up.

Next, wipe the door down. Then, sand it with a hand sander with fine paper. Depending on the design of your door, you may need to hand-sand the cracks and crevices. Once you’re finished, wipe the door down again.

If it has windows, tape those off with painter’s tape.


Now you can prime the door. If your paint color is dark, you may want to get tinted primer. This will save you having to give it a bunch of coats of paint.

Once the primer dries, hand-sand any bumps or irregularities in the surface. Wipe away sanded bits.


You’re going to want to hand-paint the cracks and crevices of the door. Then you can go in and use a roller for the broad surfaces. I recommend a high-density foam roller that is about 6”.


After you have enough coats and the door is dry, put the hardware back on and put it back up.

This is a pretty simple project that can easily be finished on a Saturday, without consuming it. Once you have the supplies, you will have to put in minimal elbow-grease.

This is a great way to spruce up your home, to tide you over until spring has sprung, and those of us with a green thumb can focus on landscaping in the great outdoors.

Once you finish adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door, I think you’ll be extremely pleased with the outcome. People will notice your home, and the new color on the door will add a warm, welcoming touch when visitors come to your home.

About the Author:  Jen Altrogge is a mother and writer from Tallahassee, Florida. You can find more of her writing at