If you’re selling your home in Grand Junction and you really want to impress potential buyers, you’ll need great curb appeal—and one way to boost yours is to paint your front door.
Talk to your Realtor® before you choose a new paint color (and preferably before you choose to paint your door) to make sure it’s the right decision for your home. If your Realtor agrees, you could sell your home faster (and for more money) than you would’ve with the old paint job in place.
So where do you start?
How to Paint Your Front Door to Improve Curb Appeal
New paint looks good—it’s that simple. Just a fresh coat over your front door can uplift your home’s entire exterior.
With that said, though, you need to paint it correctly or you could end up costing yourself more in the long run.
Because it’s tough to remove and rehang a door, it’s fine to paint it in place. Just make sure you’re using a plastic drop cloth and masking tape to seal the doorway from the outside so you can leave it open, and cover up anything that shouldn’t get paint on it, such as the riser, the porch, and the floor in the entryway. (You might decide to paint your floors, too, but that’s a project for another day!)
Remove the handle and lock, as well as any other hardware (such as a mail slot) before you get started. If you can’t remove them, cover them in plenty of painter’s tape.
- Wash the entire door with a sponge full of soapy water. Rinse it with clean water and a clean cloth to make sure you get everything off. Sometimes grime can build up without you noticing, so don’t be alarmed if it’s dirtier than you thought it was.
- Sand the door’s surface with 220-grit sandpaper. As you sand, wipe away the dust with a damp cloth. Make sure all the damp spots are dry before you move on to the next step.
- Prime the door. Talk to the paint pros at your local home improvement store to find out which primer will be best for your door. Don’t skip this step! Primer will help seal out stains, mildew and odors, and it’ll ensure proper bonding between the paint and the door.
- Apply two coats of paint, and make sure the first is completely dry before you start the second. If your door is made from wood, paint in the direction of the grain.
Are You Selling Your Home in Grand Junction?
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