I am giddy excited to share today’s post with you. This chalky finish paint project has been one of my favorites! When we bought our home 3 years ago it was move in ready with a few upgrades we could finish a little at a time.
So far we’ve upgraded some of the baseboards, painted rooms and kitchen cabinets, and upgraded light fixtures. I have absolutely loved having a place that wasn’t so new I couldn’t try a few DIY projects. Including painting my front door.
Our front door is hardly ever used. Most of our friends and family come through the garage door so our entryway is somewhat neglected and forgotten. Plus our baseboards and door frames our something else. Ugh. We just finished upgrading the baseboards on the main level and I can’t wait to redo the entryway. Until then I painted the door frame white.
Here is what our entry way looked like to start with. Old, date, and while I worked on this project I realize our door was two different colors! Black on the outside and dark brown on the inside.
How to use a Chalky finish Paint your Front Door
What you need:
- Paint in the color of your choice (I used Botanical Tint by Behr)
- Plaster of Paris
- Paint brushes (I used 1 cheap brush from Home Depot)
- 220 grit sandpaper or fine steal wool
- Shop towels (I like the blue ones from Lowes, they are disposable)
- Furniture wax or paste (I used Howard’s Feed N Wax but Minwax Furniture Paste would create more of a layer of protection)
The first thing you want to do is clean everything up. I realized just how neglected our entry was when I started cleaning the front door. After you clean up cobwebs and dust you will want to spray your door with a water and bleach mixture. I like to use a spray bottle full of water and about 4 capfuls of bleach (it’s a bigger spray bottle). As long as I can smell the bleach I am good (like my measuring system?). Wife off the excess with a towel (one you don’t care about).
While the door dries you can mix your chalky finish paint. I have two recipes I love and a whole chapter dedicating to making your own chalky finish paint in my ebook: Your Guide to Painting Furniture. You can check out a chapter for free!
Once you have your paint mixed up and your door is dry you can get started! I did tape off my window and my bolt lock and door knobs. What no sanding? I didn’t even take my door off the hinges. I honestly didn’t care if I painted over the hinges or other metal pieces on the door. You might and that’s ok! Just take the door off the hinges and lay it on a set of saw horses.
Be sure to use very little paint on your brush to avoid dripping. If there is a drip just brush it out a bit and it will blend as you paint. I painted the details of the door first. I am not sure it matters with this paint where you start painting but I prefer to paint with the grain of the wood.
I did have a little work to do because I wanted to take out some detail work on the outside of the door. These spindles would have been too hard to paint and I felt like it updated the door to take them out. I used a hammer and chisel to pop out the spindles.
Once your first coat dries (which doesn’t take too much time) you can paint your second coat. Again let that coat dry before starting the next. On lighter colors you will need at least 3 coats. I used 1 cup of paint (which is the size of a paint sample). I had all other supplies to finish this project so it cost me a whopping $3!
Yes my next project needs to be those dated floors! Trust me I have plans, and since it’s a small area it should be easy to DIY right?
When I took these pictures I was in denial that Fall is here and in full force but now I have a fun (and quite large) fall wreath on my front door. More details on my Fall Home Tour coming soon.
It’s kind of hard to find our house even though we live just off of a main street. It’s tucked in perfectly in my opinion. There’s very little traffic which makes me feel safe. I have been known to use my phone to find my way home on a walk through the neighborhood. Hey, the streets are very confusing here!
People won’t miss our house now! We just say you will know it when you see it!
Have you wanted to paint your front door? What color would you choose?
Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve been dying to paint but don’t know how? Are you worried it’s going to be too much work? Do you have questions on how to get started, what you will need, and if it’s even worth the work?
Your Guide to Painting Furniture will take you through the process of finding furniture, making your own chalky finish paint, and how to use paint your furniture. Plus my tips on protecting your painted furniture, basic repairs, and tips for picking out paint colors!
I’ve saved $1000s decorating my home by making my own chalky finish paint!
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