Easy Front Door Makeover

Have you ever randomly started a project you never intended on doing? That’s basically what happened to me a couple of days ago. I was out in the front yard cleaning up our “porch” area, and I started kicking around a few ideas for how I wanted to style it for fall. Pretty soon after it dawned on me that our front doors are a little blah. I kept thinking how I wish the doors had more pizazz, more pop, more contrast against our white brick. And it was in that exact moment that I decided to paint our front doors. Yep. It was literally a five minute decision, but that’s honestly how a lot of my projects start. I get the itch to make a change and then I just roll with it and hope for the best. Thankfully I ended up loving this one and I can’t wait to show you how my quick and easy front door makeover turned out!! Ok, here’s how the doors looked before:

Pretty. But I wanted a teensy bit more contrast with the white brick. Here’s how it looks now:

Easy front door makeover with black paint. Painted exterior door transformation using black paint. #frontporch #painteddoors #littlevintagenest

Easy front door makeover with black paint. Painted exterior door transformation using black paint. #frontporch #painteddoors #littlevintagenest

Quite the change, right?! I went with my favorite black paint, Wrought Iron by Behr. That’s actually the color I used to paint the doors inside our house too. (You can see those transformation in this tutorial here and here). You guys know I’ve been loving the white and black contrast lately, so I’m really with happy this change.

Easy front door makeover with black paint. Painted exterior door transformation using black paint. #frontporch #painteddoors #littlevintagenest

It took me about three hours to do two coats of paint on both doors, plus the molding and trim. I didn’t use primer because the door was previously painted with latex paint, so I knew it wasn’t really necessary. I also spray painted our little door bell cover black just to freshen it up a bit too. All in all it was super simple and easy. Not too shabby for such a big change!

Easy front door makeover with black paint. Painted exterior door transformation using black paint. #frontporch #painteddoors #littlevintagenest

Easy front door makeover with black paint. Painted exterior door transformation using black paint. #frontporch #painteddoors #littlevintagenest

Thankfully my five-minute decision to paint these doors turned out to be a good one. I’m loving this change and I feel like it’s such a clean, crisp look compared to what we had before. And you guys, this is such an easy and simple way to spruce up your porch. If you haven’t painted your front door in a while you might want to give it a shot. It’s a quick project! And now I realllllllly can’t wait to get fall decor going out here. I’m still a little ways off from doing that, but this space will be overflowing with pumpkins very soooooooooon!

Let me know if you have any questions on my little door makeover. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I truly appreciate it!! Here’s a few other posts you might like:

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28 Comments

  1. Becky wrote:

    Looks great Sarah! I have been thinking about that project here. My home is a soft Palestinian of yellow. My shutters are a brick red color. I love aqua and thought that would be a nice contrast. What do you think ? Go ahead just hit me girl!!!!

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I think aqua would be super fun!! I say go for it. You can easily re-paint it when you’re tired of the aqua. Do it!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  2. Becky wrote:

    Oh my gosh not Palestinian , palest of yellow. Waaaa. Auto correct and I have a problem. Sorry!💞

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha!! Thanks for the laugh Becky! xoxo

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  3. Susan wrote:

    That was so funny Becky…I’m still smiling.

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
  4. Angela Servello wrote:

    Good morning, what a great change. The black doors against the white house looks so classy and pretty. Wonderful idea. 🏠💡Angela

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Angela! I’m loving the change. xo

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  5. Kathy wrote:

    I love it! I can’t believe it but we just painted our front door black last weekend, it was red and didn’t match our brick at all, it looks so good now! Was your house white brick when you bought it or did y’all have that done? I love white brick. I would love to see the outside front of your house I love everything you do!

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We had it painted white not long after we moved in actually. I need to share updated pics of the outside sometime!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  6. Laura Harrie wrote:

    Love the new paint color for the front doors! It really does make a wonderful look! I repainted our front door last month too and am so happy I did. I love transformations! Going from nice to fabulous is a game changer!

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that’s awesome Laura! Isn’t it crazy how just a change in color can make such a huge difference?!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  7. Monique wrote:

    Perfect timing! We are having a new door installed TODAY ( the old one was original to the house and had plastic mouldings of dragons or lions…not sure which!) and our new door will need a coat of paint..or two. I am leaning towards a cheery yellow or a pale green to go with our dark brown brick exterior. So excited to see that change, especially as this new door has windows in it and will brighten our dark hallway a lot! Any suggestion as to what type of paint to use? I am assuming exterior but is oil necessary?

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I didn’t use exterior paint but you totally could! And I don’t think oil based paint is necessary either. This was premium latex paint & primer in one.

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  8. Chrissy wrote:

    Love it!

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Chrissy! xo

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  9. Dianne Gingrich wrote:

    Love the change!

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Dianne!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  10. Vicki wrote:

    Wow! I can only I imagine how gorgeous it will be with a pair of matching wreaths for fall!

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes! Can’t wait to do that Vicki 🙂

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  11. Debbie wrote:

    Wow,wow,wow!! What a difference!! I love the contrast of the black door against the white brick!! What a statement it makes! Sometimes doing something on a whim turns out to be the best ideas! Love it my friend ❤️😍👏👍👊

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes I totally agree Debbie!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  12. Bonnie wrote:

    Looks great!
    I keep a huge list of all the projects that I want to do around the house. I usually completely ignore it and end up doing all the spur of the moment projects. 😂 Painting our front door is on the list, so maybe I should actually tackle it.

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
  13. Phyllis wrote:

    Love the door! I am getting ready to paint mine black. Did you use a satin or semigloss finish?

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
  14. Lorri wrote:

    Yes looks lovely. Just asking ..where they wood doors or metal doors? I thought u have to use a metal paint for metal doors. I need to paint my metal front door and my garage door that are metal .Just another project but really would to do it…give a nice fresh look.😊

    Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  15. Ticia wrote:

    We need a new door, but painting the old one could help us last a little longer. Did you take doors off hinges? If so, did you hang something up such as a curtain to block entry from pesky insects?! I do Not want any wasps entering the premises!!

    Posted 9.13.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I didn’t take the doors off the hinges, I just left them on. We don’t have a ton of flying insects to worry about, so I just painted with the door open! But you could definitely hang something up to block them from coming in.

      Posted 9.16.18 Reply
  16. Linda Massey wrote:

    Love love love it! Mine is currently red…and I just can’t change it! Everyone loves my red door with white siding and black shutters! But ready to do Fall decor too!

    Posted 9.14.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I bet that looks so pretty Linda!!

      Posted 9.16.18 Reply

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