Making an Entrance: Home Updates to Tackle This Weekend
April 25, 20212 min read
Weekends are a treasured time to spend catching up on chores or relaxing with friends and family, but they’re also the perfect time to tackle some of those small projects that will make your space more functional and inviting. Updating your front door with paint and hardware is a simple and impactful project that can be completed over a long weekend.
Here are some tips on how you can give your front door a facelift.
Do theprep work: Like any paint project, preparation is critical. Ensure the door is clean, dry and sanded smooth before starting, and prime if necessary. If possible, remove all hardware from the door and protect glass or areas you don’t want painted with painter’s tape. Make agrand entrance: When selecting a paint color, context is important, so keep the neighborhood landscape and architectural style in mind. “Choosing a color can be overwhelming, so use an edited palette that has been curated specifically for front doors. “To really make a statement, Venetian Sky and Wild Blueberry are my go-to choices,” adds Grech.
Choosing a product that’sdesigned for use on front doorsis just as crucial as selecting the right color. Grech recommends waterborne alkyd enamel, such as Aura Grand Entrance, which offers durability and a lustrous finish.
PAINT LIKE A PRO:
Remove the door off its hinges and place it on the ground if you can. If that’s not possible, be sure to look out for paint drips on the hardware and clean them up right away if you see them.
Paint any recessed or paneled areas first and work top-down with a low-pile, high-quality roller.
For the smoothest finish, let it dry completely and lightly sand any imperfections.
Remove sanding dust and then paint the final coat.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize: Select hardware that matches with the overall color scheme and texture of your home. “Bronze continues to be a trendy metal in home design, so consider updating your door handle, knocker or mail slot with this designer favorite. Hardware, like jewelry, is the perfect finishing touch to make a statement with your front door,” says Grech.
School buses are back on the road and the scent of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air. But that doesn’t mean a sudden halt to your outside projects. Just the opposite! Fall is actually the best season to tackle your deck staining project – and here’s why:
While you might be hesitant to consider painting your siding, if it’s done right, painting it will give you up to 10 years of stunning results –at a fraction of the price of new siding. Most homeowners are motivated to paint their vinyl siding because the colour has become dated. The washed out yellow or pale blue that looked great twenty years ago – would look outstanding in a more modern taupe, warm gray or tan.