Painting My Back Door (a Fail)

Hey, hey, hey. Hope you had a great weekend. We had about 5 inches of new snow here, so I spent most of mine sitting on the couch resting my broken foot (I might have tried to shovel a little bit too). Whatever happened to kids walking around the neighborhood with their snow shovels trying to make a few bucks shoveling for people? Doesn’t that happen anymore? I surely would have paid for them to do it this weekend. (I’ve lived in the South for 20 years, so maybe I’m behind the times).

Painting My Back Door (a Fail) |

Anyhoo, since breaking my foot has slowed down my redo of the master bedroom, I thought I would share a recent project. Between finishing the living/dining/entry redo and starting the master, I thought I would do something quick and easy…paint the interior of my back door (which is really on the side of the house, across from the basement stairs, in a small walkway). Sorry for the bad pictures, they were all taken on my phone when my camera was giving me trouble.

Painting My Back Door (a Fail) | It looked like the same white paint that was used on the front door that I painted a few months ago, here and here, so I figured it would go as quickly and easily. I will confess that I was a little worried about the plastic panes (whatever they’re called), but I just went for it hoping the paint would stick. Taping was really the hardest part of the whole project, but once that was done, the painting went very quickly (I used Behr Satin Enamel, color matched to SW Iron Ore). When did I notice that I had a problem you ask? A couple of hours after painting the first coat I touched the paint to see if it was dry and, although it was dry, it peeled right off at my touch.

Painting My Back Door (a Fail) | Painting My Back Door (a Fail) | chatfieldcourt.comSo what did I do? I painted a second coat, hoping that that would make a difference. Well, can you believe that it still peeled off? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The bottom of the door was fine, but the plastic was a mess. I even tried to put some primer on a thoroughly cleaned off section of the panes, but it made no difference. I even tried some of the paint that I used on the front door, BM Blue Lake. Still no good.

So this is how my door sits, until after the holidays and until I can figure out what to do with it.

Painting My Back Door (a Fail) | chatfieldcourt.comPainting My Back Door (a Fail) | chatfieldcourt.comI’ve looked all over the internet to see if anyone else has dealt with this, and I can’t find anything. If there’s anyone that has any suggestions, I’m all ears.

What’s the last fail you’ve had? It would be great to know that I’m not the only one.

Have a great week!

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  1. Tuesday,December 17, 2013 / 6:40 am

    I am so sorry to read this about your door. It sounds like you had oil-based paint on your door and the Behr paint was water-based….or vice versa. Unfortunatly, the way to fix this is to sand off the dark paint, and prime the door with a good primer. If you use an oil-based primer, you can still use a latex paint on top of that. Good luck.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 17, 2013 / 10:23 am

      Thanks so much for the suggestion. It was actually the plastic panes on the window that wouldn’t hold the paint, they have never been painted before. I never knew that about using latex on top of an oil-based primer. So good to know!


  2. Carisa
    Tuesday,December 17, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    Considering the panes are plastic, you might want to try scratching them up with large grit sandpaper. Plastic is nearly impossible to paint unless the surface is scratched. Conversely, I’m pretty sure Home Depot sells plastic specific paint. Though I have no idea how that would look on non-plastic surfaces.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 17, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions, Carisa! I will try to rough up the surface before I try paint again and I will look into different kinds of paint. Good ideas.


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