1. Take your time choosing the perfect color. Take a few paint swatches home and tape them up to the door or wall that you plan to paint. See how the colors look with the surrounding area. Think about how this color will look through the seasons.
2. Choose the perfect finish. Most paints come in flat (sometimes called matte), satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. For my door I chose semi-gloss. Semi gloss or high-gloss are great options for a front door because they both can be cleaned more easily.
3. Prep the area that you plan to paint. Wipe your entire door thoroughly. You don’t want to paint over dust or debris because it will leave bumps in your paint. When painting a dark surface to a lighter color, it is a good idea to first paint on a layer of primer. If you don't want to purchase primer, it's not a big deal. An extra coat of paint will do the trick.
4. Tape everything and watch your floors! Tape around edges and hardware. I choose to leave my door on its hinges as I painted. You could choose to take your door off, but be sure to hang up a thick cloth to keep flies out as much as you can as you paint. This is also why it’s a good idea to complete a front door paint job in the spring or autumn months; you don’t want your door open or off it’s hinges during months of super hot or cold weather. And be sure to cover your floors with newspaper or drop cloths as you work, especially if you have carpet. Painting can be messy but if you prepare then you can easily keep the mess under control and keep clean up time to a minimum.
5. Order pizza. This is essential for DIY painting projects, no matter how large or small. And you are absolutely required to order pizza if you have friends who are kind enough to help. Pizza + painting = a good time!
Stay GLAM Unicorn!