Front Door Refresh

Does your life ever feel like that movie Groundhog Day? Just doing the same thing over and over again, day in and day out. Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to be able to shuffle things up enough and break that feeling, a little home refresh to get things feeling new again!


One of the things that I love about living in Mount Washington Valley is that the homes here are each unique in their own way. Right off the top of my head, I can think of 4 homes within 15 minutes of our North Conway office whose owners decided to let their personalities shine through using a paintbrush. What says a happy home better than a brightly painted front door?


Let’s look at some easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to give your front door a little refresh to spice things up a little! I found this fantastically happy color on Pinterest, Sundance by Benjamin Moore. It just looks like the sunshine greeting you at the end of each day, welcoming you home. Let’s begin!


Required Tools:

1 Quart exterior paint


General Cleaner

Fine Sandpaper

Angled paintbrush

Small paint roller



Step 1.

Begin by removing all hardware from the door, doorknob, locks, etc. Set aside if reusing.


Step 2.

Give the door a good scrub down to get rid of any dirt and grime that has built up throughout the seasons. Make sure it is completely dry before attempting to paint.


Step 3.

Using your sandpaper, give the door some texture to help the paint adhere to. Use a dry rag to remove any debris.


Step 4.

Depending on the previous color of your door, this would be the step for primer. You want a nice smooth, blank canvas to work with!


Step 5.

Using your angled paintbrush, paint any recessed or detailed areas first. Then using your paint roller, paint the flat portions of the door. Two coats should do the trick. Be sure to allow drying time before coats.


Step 6.

Once the door has dried completely (about 24 hours) you can replace the hardware. Then just step back, inhale deeply and admire your beautifully painted and happily refreshed front door!


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