Classic Black Door

The front of the house has been lacking curb appeal.  Especially the front porch.

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We have big plans for the front yard.  We’ve been tossing ideas back and forth for the last ten months.  One of those ideas involves painting or replacing the front door.  Since a fresh coat of paint is much easier to do and cost almost nothing, we decided to go that route.  If it turns out to be a disaster, then we can always replace it.

When we were in London last May, we haven’t put much thoughts into the color scheme of the house exterior.  But as we were going through the neighborhood in London, we were immediately drawn to the prominent classic black/white look.

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We pretended to discuss other possibilities but truthfully, we were pretty set on the black and white scheme before we came home.  I imagine a white house with black doors.

The only problem I had with a black door is that I didn’t want the interior side of it to be black.  It opens into a grey living room with white trims and panel boards.  It only seems appropriate to have a white door when we’re looking at it from inside.

A few weeks ago, while I was flipping through some pictures of a home tour, I immediately noticed that the front door in the picture, left ajar, was white on the interior and black on the exterior.  And it looked awesome!  I was convinced that we can do that too.

So this past Sunday, I scrubbed down the door and door frame with warm water and detergent.  I dried it with a towel and let it air dry for half an hour.

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We had some left over black exterior floor and patio paint from when I painted the kitchen floor.  I was a little hesitant to use it on the door but I figured since it’s meant for the exterior and can withstand foot traffic, it must be heavy duty enough for our front door.  I also used the left over white exterior floor paint for the door frame. Here’s a picture after one coat of paint.

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I thought I would need to paint multiple coats but I was happy with the result after two.  It looks a little dull so I might decide to finish it with a little shine.  I’ll think about it.

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For now, I’m loving our new front door.

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Before:

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After:

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