Saturday, September 12, 2015

Painted & Distressed Front Door {A Tutorial}

Today I'm sharing our freshly painted front door.  You may remember last summer when I quickly painted it a shade of gray just to get rid of the horrible green it was before.

And just in case you can't remember the horrible green it was before, here's a little reminder ;)


At the time I had no clue what I wanted to do as far as painting the exterior, I just knew the green door had to go since I like leaving the door open.  Since I wasn't set on an exterior color scheme yet I painted the door with some left over gray paint from our master bedroom and called it done. So. Much. Better.

Woodlawn Colonial Gray

After finally deciding on exterior paint colors and painting the house, it was time to address the front door color once again. The gray no longer complimented the new exterior color palette, so I went with a darker shade of brown, the same color as the exterior trim.


The door stayed like this for several months even though I never loved it.  A couple weeks ago I decided to go with a distressed finish using paint that I already had.  Sometimes when I do a project using things I already have on hand, it turns out better than if I had went out and bought all the supplies new.

To achieve this look I began by painting the entire door sage green (the same color as our exterior siding).

I added in the second color (a soft shade of blue) before the sage green paint completely dried.  I used the same brush and applied light strokes of blue paint to the door allowing the blue to slightly mix with green to create a blended look.


The trick here is to make sure the second color is applied BEFORE the first color dries, so you have to work quickly.

I was pretty happy with the door just like this, but I wanted to go ahead and distress it a little to add some character.


After the paint was completely dry, I used sandpaper to lightly sand off the paint allowing the previous brown paint to show through until I achieved the look I was going for.  There is really no right or wrong way to do this!


To finish it off, I applied a thin coat of furniture wax (Miniwax brand) to protect the paint and create a smooth finish. My favorite way to apply wax is by using a washcloth and applying the wax in a circular motion.

I'm thrilled with the end result, I only wish I had done this sooner!

It's funny how a little paint can have such a huge impact on a space.  Our front entry feels so much more inviting now.

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