Hi there. I’m guessing you’re here to read about our freshly painted front door.

I WILL tell you all about it.

But first, let me walk you through our morning. Then you’ll see why I chose to do a post about the bright and happy colored front door. Ha.

As I sit here and write this, it is cold and rainy outside.

Anything below 50 degrees and my kids think there is going to be a blizzard before the sun goes down.

I was up from 4:00-6:15 with a “jack in the box” toddler who WOULD NOT stay in her bed.

That girl has will. Can anyone else relate?

But based on all of the self-help websites I was reading at 4:43 am, we are just supposed to out endure the will. I’m not so great at that at 4:43 in the morning, but we did our best. Then we got 15 minutes of sleep before it was time to wake the other two up for school.

We get them off to school. No major problems with the morning.

Phew.

Now get Millie to preschool, and then…breathe.

Nope.

As soon as I was about to walk said toddler out the door for preschool, the school nurse called. A Smith kiddo was down.

I knew I had to lean on the Lord for strength because I didn’t have any on my own this morning.

But I am thankful for family and sweet teachers who have brightened our day. Turned out to be a virus that called for hunkering down and watching movies and resting.

So on this cold and rainy, sleepless Tuesday, I’m thankful for this brightly painted door.

Let me tell you how I did it.

Painted Front Door-Before
My enthusiastic assistant

PREP THE DOOR

If you see any minor nicks, dents, or scratches from the dog (that was our door) then fill them in with a sandable wood filler.

Let any wood filler that you used dry completely. Then lightly sand the sheen down. I didn’t spend too much time on this. Just sand enough to take some of the shine from the previous topcoat down.

After you clean up the mess (there may not be too much of a mess) from sanding, it is time to prime.

I used a shellac primer that I already had on hand and applied with a brush in the crevices and a roller on the rest.

Primer never looks pretty does it? But at this point, it already felt better and brighter in our entryway.

TIME TO PAINT

Now my favorite part. Time to paint.

Use a very fine grit sand paper to sand down any areas where the primer may have dried unevenly. You will want to do this between coats of paint as well.

I used a paint that is newer, Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel, and I love how much potential it has. I painted the door about 2 weeks ago and it is still curing, but it already seems very durable. It should be fully cured at 30 days, but we haven’t noticed any problems so far.

This is a newer paint that Sherwin Williams offers. It is a paint that has an enamel mixed in it. This is awesome because it eliminates the step of having to apply a clear topcoat, like a polyurethane. Plus it will be crazy durable.

Fewer steps and more durable…sounds good to me!

The color that I used is Silvermist. I tend to lean towards neutral colors, but I stepped out of the box a little and am so glad that I did. 🙂

I painted with the same application technique that was used for the primer. A brush on the panels and a roller on the flat areas. This paint did dry without any noticeable brush strokes or roller marks.

Interior door painted with Sherwin Williams Urethane Trim Enamel in Silvermist

If you’re wanting a pop of color on your door, go for it!