How to paint your front door
7 EASY STEPS TO PAINTING YOUR FRONT DOOR
1) REMOVE HARDWARE
(Handles, numbers, letterboxes, you name it, it all comes off.)
2)WASHING AND SANDING
(Lightly sand your door with with a sanding sponge to get rid of grime, dirt and old paint. Use a degreasing cleaner and rinse and let dry. Remember, your prep is your finish.)
3) APPLY WASHI PAINTER’S TAPE
(This goes on the edges of your door knob, the door’s windows, hinges and any other details you want to protect from paint.)
4)ADD A COAT OF FLEETWOOD PURE GRIP PRIMER or FLEETWOOD ADVANCED UNDERCOAT USING A SYNTHETIC BRUSH.
(or alternatively the Fleetwood Advanced Undercoat. We’d advise you use the Pro-D brush and paint in ORDER OF A-E, in the direction of the lines and allow the primer to dry)
5) ADD WOOD FILLER TO CHIPS OR CRACKS. (Give the door a light sand/dusting to remove any dust and dirt.)
6) ADD YOUR TOP COAT
(Once the primer is dry, apply the first coat of Fleetwood Advanced eggshell, satinwood or gloss in whatever colour you have chosen and once it’s dry, apply a second coat if needed.)
7) BASK IN THE BEAUTY AND SHOW OFF YOUR FAB FRONT DOOR (once you remove all the Washi painters tape and re-install your hardware of course.)
‘Bumblebee’ (colour mixed into Fleetwood Advanced High Gloss) by Bronagh Fleming of Foxhollowstyle
HERE ARE THE CORE ITEMS YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE JOB
Drop cloth or dust sheet
Fleetwood Washi Painters Tape
2″ Fleetwood Pro-D brush
1L Fleetwood Pure Grip Primer or 1L Advanced Undercoat
1L Fleetwood Advanced Eggshell, Satinwood or Gloss paint
Total Project time: 4.5 hours
TIPS ON CHOOSING COLOUR
We asked Fleetwood Paints interior designer Patricia Wakely a few questions on revamping your front door.
What should people bear in mind when starting a front door project?
“When choosing a colour for your front door there are a number of things to keep in mind, but ultimately this is the indicator of what and who lies within so let it reflect your style, personality and set the mood!
The render on the building is the first consideration – is it stone, brick or painted finish and how does that affect your choice?
Location and environment have a huge influence on colour choice – as what looks great on a bustling vibrant city centre town house may not be appropriate in a leafy secluded country retreat, where the sky line and landscape play a big part in the look of the house.
Let the colour reflect your personality and style – remember this colour can represent you before anyone steps over your threshold.”
What colours work well with different finishes: eg. Classic brick, simple concrete, etc
“It is hugely important to keep in mind the finish on your home and this is where having large painted samples help. I always try to balance a finish like brick with subtle cooler tones of greens or blues such as Gossamer or Marine Cove (front door collection), which also look great with some stone finishes. I think that if you have a colder harsher stone finish you can soften it with colours like ‘Petrus’ or warm it up with ‘Irish Marmalade ‘both from the front door collection.
Painted houses give you a lot more scope to show your personality and depending on how confident you are, the sky is the limit – you could try anything from ‘Exuberant Pink’ from the Front Door Collection to ‘St Swithun’ from the Vogue Collection.
Is changing your front door colour a lot of hassle, or a simple enough job?
“There is nothing to be scared of when changing your front door colour – it simply follows the golden rule of painting – preparation, preparation, preparation. Plan your attack with the correct tools, finishes and colour choices and remember you are in Ireland so take into account weather conditions and drying times!”
What types of finish are on trend in 2019?
“In deep colours I prefer a satin finish as it gives a lovely honey/waxy finish to the door and lets the depth of colour shine. Consider changing your handles, knockers and numbers for a quick and inexpensive new look.”
Patricia Wakely – Fleetwood Paints Interior Designer
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