Sunday, November 5, 2017

Painting a Paneled Door with a Window

Painting a paneled door with a window is really easy and I have no idea why I waited 6 long years to do it!  Ok, the reason was because I could not decide on a color....yep, couldn't make up my mind yall! I even asked you back here on this post and I got a lot of great ideas!
I did this project the weekend before Halloween so our spooky decor was still up for the pictures.  How do you like it? I love it!
A plain white metal door.  This is what we looked at for 6 years yall!  Honestly I don't think I thought much about it until we started to make over the entry hall. Links will be below for those details if you'd like to see them.

The first step to every good painting job is to use your blue painter's tape and tape off everything you do not want paint on.  Since my honey was at work this day, I chose to tape up the hardware and paint around it instead of taking it all off.  That oblong oval window was a booger bear to tape off, but I did it!  Also, lay down your drop cloth if you're a messy painter like me! *wink*

Gather your supplies.  Hmm, looks like I've used these items for LOTS of paint jobs!  I always use a canvas drop cloth, gloves, paint tray lined with foil for easy clean up and my angle brush.  Since I was painting a door, I chose a smooth foam roller for this paint job.
The paint I chose with the help of the friendly Lowe's people was Valspar Duramax Exterior paint in the color SEA CREATURE, its a Sherwin Williams color.  This paint is great because its a paint and primer all in one and I only needed two coats for my door.
Using a brush, paint the inside panels making sure to get in all the crevasses. 
Since our door has a window in it, we only had three inside panels to paint.  Two small ones and one large one around the window.
Still using your paint brush, paint the window frame and the area around your door knob and dead lock.  These areas don't allow the roller to be used properly.
Using your foam roller, with a thin even coat of paint, paint all the flat surfaces of your panels.
Tah Dah! This is going great at this point except for the fact that our new kitten Piper is trying her best to make blue kitten foot prints in my new entry hall!
Still using your roller and a thin even coat of paint, starting at the top and moving downward, paint all the rest of your door.
The first coat of paint is going to be very uneven and patchy looking.  It's ok! Let it dry for about 30 minutes and then move on to the next coat. Oh and be sure to put up your paint, brush and roller so your kitten doesn't have a finger/paw paint party while you're outside planting a new flower! lol! That didn't happen, but it could have if I hadn't picked it all up before going outside.  She was very persistent!
For the second coat, paint it all over again with another thin even coat of paint starting at step one and moving through all the steps until you're finished.  It may look a bit patchy again, but that is just because the paint is still drying.  Be patient and wait for the paint to dry.  I'm telling you this because this is what I ran into because I'm the most impatient person in the world!  Depending on the paint and color you choose, you could need more than two coats.
When you're sure your paint is mostly dried, carefully remove all of the painter's tape, clean up your area and then step back and marvel at your awesome painting talents!  It's so awesome to have that blue pop of color in the hallway now.  It's like having a brand new door!
If you saw any thing in the first and last picture you'd like to know more about, I'm going to try and link it all below, but if you don't see what you're looking for, just ask and I'll be happy to answer.

Halloween Accent Wall - click HERE
Chevron Burlap Fall Wreath - click HERE
Spooky Skeleton Wreath - click HERE
DIY Barn Wood Light Fixture - click HERE
Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor - click HERE
Builder Grade Door Makeover - click HERE
DIY Perfect Basboards - click HERE
2 x 4 Pumpkin - click HERE

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. Hi DeeDee - thanks for sharing this post at last week's Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. I featured this post on my blog today for this week's TFT party here:

    We are in the middle of some major home update / painting projects and the front door is on my To Do list, so you've inspired me to get busy and get this door painted! Thanks again, hope to connect with you again at this week's TFT party. Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

  2. Hi Nina! Thank you so very much for the feature, so exciting! I will pop over shortly to check it out. Good luck on your door. I was so surprised at how easy it was to get done in such a short amount of time.


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