It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend here in Minnesota – the first of very few springs where we have actually had nice weather. It hasn’t been overly rainy, or cold, and the farmers are getting their crops in early! Amidst this pandemic, there are always good things no matter how small, that are still happening. While the store has been closed, we have been working at a reduced output since we have been trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Vicki continues to send out packages daily and I have been slowly working on projects at my new home. (If you missed the introduction to Kristen’s new home make sure you check it out HERE).
So today I took on a small project while the weather was so nice. I was able to spend time with my family while they enjoyed the outdoors and I got to check painting my front door off the list! And I am so happy with how it turned out!
Ever since first viewing the home, I have had so many ideas floating around about how to change up the house to make it mine. Adding a pop of color to the front door was just one of them! What was supposed to be a lazy Sunday afternoon turned into a small project type of day. Once started the door really didn’t take long at all – two coats only a couple hours! Here is how you can paint your front door as well.
Grab all your supplies:
- Your favorite Fusion Mineral Paint Color
- Paint Brush and/or Roller
- TSP Alternative or another good cleaner
- Sand Paper (if needed)
- Painters tape for handles
Begin by choosing a good weather day! Pretty much a no-brainer but you want to take the weather into consideration when painting your door. I kept my door on it’s hinges and just left it open since it was so nice. It was about 70 degrees outside with a very slight breeze that helped the paint to dry but wasn’t too strong to blow dirt or debris into my paint job.
I first took a bucket and filled it with about a liter of water then added two cap fulls of the Fusion TSP Alternative cleaner to the water. It is a concentrated formula that is biodegradable and great for cleaning. I used an old rag to wipe up any dirt and grime that was on my door.
Next I used a coarse grit sand paper to sand down the areas where the previous paint had chipped off. It wasn’t terrible – just in a few spots, which is why I opted to just smooth the areas out instead of remove the paint entirely. If your previous finish is really horrible, you may want to remove the old paint before starting.
And that was all the prep work there was! So I started right in on the painting! There are a couple ways you could paint your door. Many like to use a microfiber roller, which is great for this paint and for large areas. I opted to just use a brush on my door. My new favorite is the Staalmeester Pointed Sash #18. The Staalmeester brushes are the top of the line paint brushes, the bristles are so nice and they hold the paint well.
It didn’t take long to brush on the first coat, but the detail work around the window was a bit harder. I used a much smaller brush and took my time instead of taping all the windows. I have done trim work many times before so I knew if I missed, I could always take a small razor blade to scrape the paint off the glass. But by the time I was done with the trim work the rest of the door was completely dry! It was great! The warm day and very slight breeze worked well for me! I did wait a little longer before starting in on my second coat.
One tip with Fusion Mineral Paint whether your rolling or brushing is to make sure you don’t have too much paint on your surface. Multiple thin layers is best – this will alleviate brush marks or stipling from your roller.
While you don’t need to topcoat Fusion Mineral Paint since it comes with it’s own built in topcoat you certainly could use Tough Coat over light colors or the Stain and Finishing Oil in Natural for darker colors. I did not seal mine but if you are like many out there who want added protection, those products work great!
And my door looks so much fun now! I love the subtle pop that Inglenook gave me. I need some more flowers and things for my porch, but that will come with time but right now I can happily check this project off the list!
Some other Fusion colors that would be GREAT for a pop of color are:
and SO many more!! To see ALL of the colors click HERE.