Newly Painted, Happy Door!

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Meet my newly painted, happy door!


As you can see from this BEFORE photo, my door needed some serious rehab.  Just look at how sad and unfortunate it was!  The saddest part is that this is the entrance used most by people visiting my home.  Something had to be done!

As I researched door paints, I quickly discovered that Modern Masters Paint (see disclosure) was the one I wanted to use.  It doesn’t fade, it’s water based so it dries quickly and most of the time, no priming is needed over existing paint.  I contacted them and they sent me a free quart of paint to try!  I just needed to decide on a color and this is where it gets really cool…

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They offer 24 colors to choose from.  They also have an app that allows you to photograph your door and then see what the color will look like after it’s painted.


I picked “Tranquil” #296681 for my door.  It’s a bright, happy blue color.  You can find a link to the app HERE.  It’s so much fun to play around with!

When the paint arrived, I got busy.  I began by testing the old paint using a rag and rubbing alcohol.  Modern Masters walks you through this process in a complete detailed tutorial HERE. I simply wiped the door with rubbing alcohol to find out if my paint was latex or oil.  If it was latex, I wouldn’t need to prime first.  My paint was latex because rubbing alcohol made the paint color come off onto the rag.  Whew! (Though priming isn’t really that big of a deal!)

I steered clear of rainy days for my painting.  The door needs to stay open for about 2.5 hours to dry completely.  If you know anything about paint, this is fairly quick!  That’s because this paint is water based.


This was such an easy project and I’m so happy with how it turned out!  I applied 2 coats of paint, allowing about an hour, to dry, between coats.  I started painting that morning and by noon my door was dry and ready to close!


I am proud of my entry way now!  It’s so bright and happy.  I’ll be sharing a post on the door decor tomorrow with a link to the wooden “E” and a tutorial on the “welcome” vinyl.

To make it easy for you, I’ve included a link (below) to all the resources from Modern Masters…

Color Palette


Step by Step Instructions

How To Paint Your Front Door Video

Modern Masters Pinterest Board


Happy Painting!

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    November 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Your next project needs to be some awesome little mat creation with a little pop of blue to pull it all together or a scrolly rubber mat painted the same color! Ha! #inspiration

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