Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Fresh Red Paint for the Front Door

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Red front door from Sandra of Sawdust Girl blogIn our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Sandra, from the blog, shares her simple front porch decorating ideas. See how painting her front door in a lively red transformed the look of her front porch. She added some potted plants and a couple of DIY benches, too, to boost her home’s curb appeal to a whole new level.

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Front door before the front porch makeoverI’ve read that a red front door bids guests and travelers “Welcome” in almost every culture. I love that!

We’ve lived in our home for two years, and while I’ve done a LOT of work on the inside, I’ve completely ignored the front porch. That’s funny because the front porch is the first thing people see when they come to visit.

Getting the invitation to participate in the Home Depot Front Door Design Challenge lit a fire under me to take a real hard look at my front porch.

It’s not terrible, but it’s pretty blah –which is sad because it’s a huge covered porch and has some real potential.

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Sandra of the Sawdust Girl blog preps her door for paintingThe first thing to tackle was painting the front door. Nothing is that simple though.

First I had to clean…

and fix…

and repair…

and THEN paint.

I painted with Behr Marquee – Awning Red. Red is usually a difficult color to get coverage with, and I normally prime with grey before I tackle the red. Since the primer is IN the Marquee paint, I didn’t prime my door first. I just went for it, and it only took three coats.

Much better!

Once the door was fresh and lovely, I decided to go “all out”. I added some pots and flowers and built a couple benches to make the entire porch look welcoming.

It’s funny that I ignored this space for so long. Now whenever the doorbell rings, it brings a smile to my face because I know my visitors are waiting in a cute little space. They’re probably laughing at the fact that the flowers are sitting on scraps of 2×4 in the giant pots, though. (So I didn’t COMPLETELY finish the makeover…I’ll get to that someday.)

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Filling in dings with wood filler before painting the front door Front Porch Decorating Ideas: A white front door in the process of being painted a vibrant red Front Porch Decorating Ideas: A front door after one, two and three coats of red paint Front Porch Decorating Ideas: DIY wooden benches and planters flank the red front door


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OK, so I am painting some exterior doors at a client's house, that were originally painted with oil based enamel by a boat painter who did a spectacular job on them, probably 30 years ago...except for some minor cracks/chipping around the stopped-in panels, they only have some oxidation.
Prepped the bad stuff and was all ready to go with another coat of oil based enamel when- surprise- I find out that CA has ratfucked anyone who needs oil based paint...the client went to get some and came back with this Behr shit that is water thinned alkyd, and I do mean shit.
Went to a real paint store where we learned that the only reasonably priced thing available in oil based was high gloss because of VOC's, and even that was outrageously expensive

That's not white paint - it's primer.

Most exterior doors that appear white are actually just primed at the factory, ready for YOU to paint in whatever color you like. Look at it. Is it a 'flat' paint with no sheen, and just looks like a really crappy paint? Then it's primer.
It will last for a few years without paint, but eventually it will start to pick up greasy fingerprints, dirt, stains, etc. which will become embedded in the primer. You need a finish coat of paint to seal the primer and make it more stain-resistant and easier to clean.

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  • Avatar charlesanne50 What do you call an enclosure that is built around the side door of your home to protect you from the elements?
    Jul 16, 2009 by charlesanne50 | Posted in Other - Home & Garden

    I have a side door to my home that always get snow drifts, you get wet when it rains, and the wind blows so strong you can hardly get the door open. What do you call the structure that is built around the door?

    • Welll this is called a mud room and the door has a thing called a door jam