How to Paint Your Front Door

How to Paint Your Front Door

July 9, 2020

Looking for a low-effort, high-impact project to do this weekend? Consider this your cheat sheet. Below, you’ll find our three simple steps to a front door you can be proud of, plus a little colour inspiration from our crafty followers.

What you’ll need

  • The front door paint of your choice – choose Exterior Eggshell for a mid-sheen finish or Full Gloss for an ultra-reflective finish
  • Wood Primer & Undercoat in the recommended tone for your paint colour – you’ll find this on the colour page for your chosen topcoat
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush – try our 2" Angled Brush

How to Paint Your Front Door

  1. PREP

Remove all hardware, then sand the door, making sure it’s clean and dry. If your door has glass, use masking tape around the edge of each pane to keep splatters at bay.

We recommend starting this project in the early morning, or even the night before, to ensure you can give the paint all afternoon to dry.


  1. PRIME

Apply a layer of Wood Primer & Undercoat using a 2-inch angled brush, one section at a time. Then leave to dry.

We recommend following the sequence below when painting your door:

  • Panels
  • Central beam (also known as the muntin)
  • Top rail
  • Middle rail
  • Bottom rail
  • Side beams of the door (also known as the stiles)


  1. PAINT

Apply two layers of your chosen door paint in the same order, leaving to dry between coats.


Choosing front door colours

Keeping things harmonious or daring to be different? Pairing with the paving or going off-piste? With our Exterior Eggshell and Full Gloss finishes both available in all 148 colours in our current palette, there are loads of ways to makeover your front door –  the only limit is your imagination.