I decided to put Photoshop to work and play around with some colors to see which ones would look good with the house. There were a few colors I originally had in mind: Kelly green, Oxford blue, and a duck egg green. Well, none of those looked as good as I thought they would and just as I started to feel disappointed, the color red was suggested. I'm not a fan of red. It was agreed that if I settled on red, it would be an orangey-red. So, once I found a color I liked, I put it in Photoshop. Of course it looked fantastic and immediately became the color of choice [which is why I posted a similar color here].
Because the original color of my door was so dark, it was suggested I use a primer. The primer suggested with my top coat was pink.
My door is brand new so not much sanding needed to be done. I cleaned and taped the door, sanding lightly all over. I cleaned up all the dust and then I got to work painting!
I will say that when you're painting a door, ALWAYS go with the direction of the woodgrain. You don't want your brush strokes opposing the woodgrain. If you do, you'll know as it looks wrong right away. It's good to look your door over and take your time.
I also began painting from the center of the door outwards. It made it much easier to keep the brush strokes over the different woodgrains clean and under a bit more control. It took two coats of primer to cover my door thoroughly. I left the door open to dry most of the day just to be sure I'd be able to close and lock it over night. I began with the top coat the following morning.
I only went over the door once with the top coat. Although it only needed one coat, it took all day to dry thoroughly. Lucky for me, it doesn't get completely dark in England until about 10p.m. [gotta love summer]. So the front door hung open until it was time to go to bed.
I was super pleased with the final result. The turned out better than I expected. It's still a nice surprise to see such a bright warm door when approaching the house.
I forgot to take the tape off the windows for my "after" shot. My windows don't have a green border so try and use your imagination lol. The final color of my door is by Dulux and is called "Hot Paprika". I picked up a one liter can from B&Q and it was more than enough.
What do you guys think of my new door?