I have been wanting to paint my front door black for awhile now. It seemed like an easy enough DIY project. I've seen beautiful porches with black doors all over the place, and I love them. But before I took the leap and did the front door, I thought I'd practice on the garage door first. Chris from Just a Girl posted about painting an exterior door almost three years ago. Yes, I've had it bookmarked that long. She recommended Benjamin Moore IronClad paint. Unfortunately, they don't make it anymore. That's what I get for waiting so long.
I decided to try it anyway. The paint guy at Home Depot recommended Behr paint and primer in one Exterior paint. I've used their interior paint before, and I love it! So I gave it a try. Used the sponge brush and sponge roller to prevent brush marks. Unfortunately, my door turned out pretty crappy.
Here is a picture of it before I painted it. Yes, the trim has remained unpainted for 13 years. Don't judge.
Here is a close up of the door after 5 coats of paint:
Aaaak! See how all those dings showed up that you couldn't see in the white door? I didn't even know they were there. And you can see brush strokes, even though I used a foam roller. And the lovely white showing around the handle where the paint peeled off is just super classy, no? Yikes!
Here's what I think I did wrong:
-Used the wrong sheen of paint. I used semi-gloss paint. I was thinking about how nice and shiny the door would be, but I forgot that the higher the gloss, the more it shows off imperfections. I should have gone with a satin or flat. Duh.
-Didn't fill in the little ding marks. They make putty especially for metal. I should have used it.
-I didn't use a razor to cut around the knob when I removed the paint. I knew better. I just got lazy. And the paint ripped off with the tape. So not cool.
Thankfully this was just my garage door! I am so glad I experimented before tackling my front entry door. Now I know what to do differently. Since we will be replacing the hardware, I think I will just take the door off the hinges and spray paint it. That wasn't an option with the garage door, but our front door has a storm door/screen on it, so I can safely remove the door and not worry about a one year old getting out and a slew of flying insects coming in.
Am I bummed that my garage door looks crappy? Heck yes. It is always frustrating when a project doesn't turn out like we planned. But I am oh so glad that I didn't try this on my front door. Because basically the only people who come through my garage door are me and my family. They could care less. And I can deal with it until I have time to fix it. Which hopefully won't take another 13 years. LOL!