We needed to paint our front door. After slapping a sample color on it a few weeks ago (French Dark Chocolate by Glidden), I really needed to get around to actually painting it. And: Voila!
Here's the obligatory "before" picture: A faded grayish blue with no gloss. Also note: The hardware on the door didn't match the hardware before, so there was a bare spot AND a small hole. This was courtesy of the prior owners, and it was driving us NUTS. You can see the sample new color in a section on the top of the door.
Yes, much better. It also has some gloss to it too (sprayed on afterward), so that's nice.
I also treated the stoop. Now it's durable, a good color for not showing too much grime, and looks purdy.
We had though about stripping the front door down to the wood and then treating it with a cedar stain. We're suckers for craftsman doors. But, we found out from a neighbor that the owners two owners ago had tried that, and the door began to deteriorate. Had to scrap that idea. When I took off the kick plate and the grate bottom, I realized that the door is not the greatest-- lots of water weakening. The door is still solid, but in a few years, we'll (aww shucks!) have to replace it with a prettier door!
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