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Front Door Refresh

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Yes, yes we still have projects to do in the kitchen but a girl’s gotta have some fun once in a while…right? Well, I wouldn’t say that doing a front door refresh is a fun time but I do enjoy painting and the door was in need of a little love, so I grabbed my supplies and had a little painting party over the weekend.

front door refresh

I know that I just showed you the same paint on the back door but I’ve been on a painting frenzy lately (wait until you see what else I painted…again), and the front door has a different painting technique from the back, so you’re getting two for the price of one. Actually, you’re getting this for free so you’re welcome. 😉

front door refresh

Ok, on to the front door refresh.

I painted both the outside and the inside of the front door when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago, with BM Blue Lake. I still love the color but wanted a bit of a change for the inside of the door, and something that matched better with the back door, so I painted it the same color, BM Wrought Iron.

front door refresh

When I painted it the first time I used white paint and FrogTape to add “faux molding” to an otherwise plain, flat door. For this refresh I wanted to keep the “molding” and just paint over the blue, so I decided to tape over the white. I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, actually I thought that I would totally mess it up, so I did a test and taped off the top box first to see what happened.

front door refresh

First I taped the white of the box using FrogTape. Then I ran the smooth handle of a screwdriver over all of the edges, making sure they were flat, so that no paint would slip under and onto the white. After I gave the door a good sanding and wipe down, I took my paint brush, starting on the tape, and painted out away from the tape, both inside and outside the box. You never want to paint in towards the tape.

front door refresh

Two quick coats and I removed the tape. The “molding” made it through, crisp lines and all, so I taped off the bottom box and finished painting. The boxes actually took longer to tape than the door took to paint, but they looked as good as they did when I painted them the first time.

front door refresh

front door refresh

I was a little nervous about using such a dark color in this corner of the room but I love it. Isn’t it amazing how a little paint can make such a huge change in a room?

front door refresh

We also made a few updates and changed the light above the door. It’s a tough spot for a light because, with the door clearance and that funky ledge, it has to be a certain size. I love this one I found this one at a thrift store for $20. It’s a really heavy light and I thought that it could be solid brass. After a little research, using the tag on the back of the light, I found out that it is solid brass and usually sells for $950. Woohoo, I got the deal of the century!

front door refresh

Thankfully we only have 2 doors in the house so this will be my last door refresh…until we hang the thrifted one on the back of the house. My paintbrush is on standby. 😉

Do you ever start painting things and find it difficult to stop or am I in a class all by myself?



See how I created the “faux molding” when I painted the door the first time.

front door molding

Add “Faux Molding” to a Plain Front Door



  1. jollyandhappy says:

    I love this so much! So fresh! Love the color!

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment and for your visit. I was so afraid that it would be too dark for this corner of the room but I really love the way it turned out. πŸ™‚

  2. I love, love love the color! Looks fantastic- pinning πŸ™‚

    1. Awww, thanks so much Mila, I appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  3. You are such a great painter, so neat. I just painted my front door, boring white, and did such a messy job. I had to use oil based rustoleum since I live near saltwater and have a metal door. I plan on painting the inside a fresh bright color to lighten up the dark narrow entry. I also plan to use water based paint and do a better job. LOL. I love your light find. It is very nautical looking. What a deal you got at $20. Can’t wait to see what else you painted. Have a great week. Debbie

    1. Thanks Debbie. The door may look good but I was a total mess after I was done, paint all over my hands and arms. Sometimes I end up getting more on me than whatever it is I’m painting. πŸ˜‰ I appreciate you stopping in.

  4. Hmm, I always thought that was molding on the door. Good to know if I ever want to paint my door from our garage.

    1. Nope, it’s fake, just painted on. Easy to do and free. πŸ˜‰

  5. Wow, Kristi! I love it. I thought it looked great before, but I like the black and white even more. And the brass light looks awesome. I think it looks even more awesome with the black and white door. It really works. You did good! I do get on painting kicks where I can’t stop finding things to paint In a month or so that’s exactly what I’ll be up to. Have a great day! xo ~ Nancy

    1. Thanks so much Nancy. I’m still looking around for pieces to paint. I have a few dressers hanging around but it’s hard to do them inside during the winter. If I get desperate enough, I may just have to build an indoor tent and sand/paint away. πŸ˜‰

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