Saturday, October 5, 2013
Our front porch has been seriously neglected for a long time. When we moved 5 years ago, in we replaced the front door with a brand new one and painted it bright white and called it a day. We had just done a complete renovation inside the whole house and the last thing we could afford to do was change the outside of the house even though it looked like it needed a makeover too. 5 years later, and the outside of the house has changed very little. We’ve done some yard work, and replaced the garage door and most of the windows, but that’s where it ended.
Our house is still a weird light orange stucco, and it still needs a makeover. Our front door, once bright white, was now dingy and covered in marks that didn’t wash off. I was dying to change it but was totally scared to paint the door an actual color other than white because of the color of our house. I thought for sure any other color but white would just look wrong.
But then I of course took to Pinterest and searched and searched for houses with doors painted different colors. I saw so many houses with so many different colored doors, and I thought, I’m just going to go for it and paint our door. And I was going to go the complete opposite of white. I was going for black. I wanted to bring some trendy class to our front porch, especially since I couldn’t bring it to the whole outside of our house.
And then I heard about this awesome contest Modern Masters was having, where you could snap a pic of your front door that you wanted to makeover, and send it to them and hope they picked you to send you a free quart of their Front Door Paint so you could makeover your front door. I was lucky to receive a free quart of their Front Door Paint, and the color I picked was Elegant. (Don’t you love that name?)
Painting the front door with the Modern Masters paint was easier than I thought it would be. I first made sure our door was completely cleaned and taped off any parts I didn’t want painted. The white paint we had on the door before was not glossy or chipping anywhere, so I didn’t sand our door before painting it. Just washed it down and made sure it was completely dry before painting. I also taped off the front of our door with plastic so no flies would make there way inside while I was painting. I used a 2 inch slanted Purdy brush to paint both coats on the door. (The above pic shows the first coat drying.) I waited 2 hours before painting the second coat of paint.
After painting the front door, I even took a small brush and painted our mailbox to match. In one easy coat it was completely covered. Next I plan on painting the light fixture with the Modern Masters paint too!
After painting our front door, and our mailbox, I added a new floor mat, and plants to our front porch. I took things from our home that I already had (the chair, the pot, the barrel), and gave them makeovers too. Painting our front door and giving it a quick makeover totally changed our front porch and made me want to spruce up the outside of our house.
But I didn’t need to go out and spend a couple hundred on a new door, or new things for our front porch. I mostly used what I had, and changed it with a quick paint job to bring new life into them. I love how a simple color change can totally reinvent things you already own. Paint is kind of magical in that way, right?
If you want to see all of the Modern Masters Front Door Paint Colors be sure to check out their site. You can also find them on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook for more inspiration.