Updating the Front Entryway
With all the improvements to the inside of our house I decided it was time to freshen up the front entryway.
We live in a fairly old house; it’s a 100-year-old farmhouse. Don’t get excited; it’s not a Victorian two-story. My house is a single story, ranch-style farmhouse. Which I LOVE. Stairs are not for me!
A Trip Down History Lane
The story goes (and it may be wrong) that our house was originally across the street from our present site. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco our house was damaged. Only half of the house survived. The story goes our house was moved to across the street to its current locations; two structures joined to create one house using old bard wood. Again, don’t get excited. It really was a patch together solution. A solution that is still standing today.
We’ve made some improvements such as an addition, new siding (on 1/2 the house — don’t ask); insulation (only 1/2 the house has insulation in the walls — again, don’t ask); paint, and soon new flooring.
So why not spruce up the front entryway? It is the first impression people have upon visiting my house.
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good painting project. Here is the photo story of my little updating the front entryway.
Step by Step Front Entryway Update
Always, always start a painting project with sanding. I used an orbital sander (yup, MY orbital sander — not my husband’s) with coarse, then medium, and finally fine sand paper. For the areas the sander would not reach I sanded by hand.
Next, wipe the door down with a tack cloth to remove any dust and debris. Use wood filler to fill any holes or scratches left after sanding.
I painted the door with two coats of primer / sealer. The primer helps block any old paint color and stains. It also helps the paint adhere to the door.
Invest in a QUALITY paint brush. Seriously. Do not use a foam, cheapy brush. Don’t buy one of those $3.99 throw away brushes. Buy a high quality angle paint brush. You will not believe the difference a good brush makes. It helps the paint go on smoothly, edging, and into angles.
Next I started to paint the door with an AMAZING steely gray color. I adore this color!!
Resist the temptation to overload your brush with paint. It is better to paint in lighter coats than to add too much paint and cause drips.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between coats. Trust me on this.
I painted my front door with 3 coats of exterior eggshell paint. It turned out amazing and I am so pleased with the finished project.
Hot glue fuzzy pompoms to the back of the wreath to prevent scratching.