Painting Your Front Door

The front door is thought to be the mouth of the home, the entry point where energy, abundance and opportunities awaits us.

All you need in order to have a freshly painted front door is high quality paint, a few hours and a sunny day, but how do you properly prep and paint your front door the right way so it will look like new for many years to come?

When painting your front door avoid using any old paint that’s been lying around in your garage for a long period of time, this will not provide the quality finish you’re looking for. Instead you’ll want to select the right type of paint specifically for your door and in order to do this you’ll need to take into consideration the type of door and its current condition.


If its been previously painted you don’t need a primer, paint over with Meridian Paints non drip enamel or eggshell enamel.

If your door is in not too bad of a condition, and hasn’t been painted in the past, all you need to do is sand it lightly to promote good adhesion, apply a primer and two coats of high quality paint and you’re done.

If your door is in good condition but was previously painted with an oil-based paint then you need to thoroughly sand the door before priming it and then apply two coats of paint.

If you’re unsure of what type of paint is currently on your door put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub it over the paint of your door, if the paint wipes off on the cotton ball it’s a water-based paint, if the paint doesn’t wipe off its an oil-based paint.

To prep the surface for painting, grab your screwdriver and remove any decorative hardware such as mail slot covers or door knockers from your door. Next use masking tape and mask off items such as doorknobs locks and threshold seals, it’s best not to remove these items whenever possible.

After you sanded the door, clean it and let it dry. Now it’s ready to be primed, apply one coat of a good quality primer such as Meridian Paints Universal Undercoat.


Use Meridian Paints non drip enamel or eggshell enamel, as it provides maximum protection against UV colour fade, mildew water intrusion, grain cracking, peeling and blistering.

Begin painting each of the panels, you’ll need a 7 cm paint brush and a mini roller to get started. Paints can dry quickly so use a paint roller to help apply the paint over a large area faster, so you can keep a wet edge and brush out the paint for a smooth finish.

Cut in all the recessed corners of the panel with the paint brush first and then use your roller to apply the paint on the panel, quickly brush out any paint on the panel to get a smooth finish. Now move on to the next panel, painting one panel at a time be sure to check for any paint drips and smooth them out with your brush before they have a chance to dry.

Allow the door to completely dry before applying your second coat of paint using these same steps now depending on the colour you choose you may need to paint a third or fourth coat to get a nice rich colour.

Once the door is completely dried, remove the tape and install the decorative hardware back on the door.

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