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operation front door // the painted door (finally!!)

May 24, 2012

operation front door

The time has come. I couldn’t put it off anymore. I sucked it up and painted the door. Quite a few people eagerly asked me what color I painted it, and I reluctantly had to say, “that same green color.”

Sorry, folks, this isn’t my house, nor was it my paint. But how fun would a bright purple door have been? Oh well, maybe someday when I’m a homeowner…but until then, I painted the door “that same green color.”

I did a little bit of prep work, starting off with scrubbing it down with some Tri Sodium Phosphate, better known as TSP. Here’s a nice big photo of it:

(try to contain your excitement with my super riveting photos, who can resist a giant pic of TSP?? I know I can’t…)

I also scraped off some of the big peeling chunks of paint. If you’re going to do an ace job with painting an old wood door, you should probably scrape a lot more and even sand a bit to roughen it up. After you’re all scraped and sanded it’s time to tape off stuff to keep your hardware nice and neat. (something a previous painter neglected to do on this door)

Looking back on the pic, apparently I taped, then scraped since this pic is pre-scraping. That works too.

Before starting I made sure I had a clean roller and tray lining and all that jazz. Turns out, you don’t need a roller when painting a 6 panel door.  I used a brush for the whole thing. There just isn’t that much flat area to warrant using a roller. Luckily I realized that before dipping it in the paint.

Ok, ok, I won’t make you wait any longer. Behold, the painted door!!

Yup, not super exciting…just an old door with new paint on it…too bad paint doesn’t fix that rotten piece at the bottom….

Oh, and I painted the little 2×4 handrail for good measure.

So for the last time, we can go back to the official operation front door checklist and see it completely checked off! whoo hoo!

Don’t forget about the giveaway! It closes tomorrow at noon. Make sure to leave an actual comment…liking the post doesn’t count! Good luck!

I dedicate this post to my friend, M, for being my most “enthusiastic” fan about painting the door.  Thanks, M!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Jenny May 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations on finishing your list! You’re place is going to look so much better. : )

  • Reply joewildeco May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Holy cow! You did an amazing job, looks brand new!

  • Reply shermangerherd May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Well, it did have CHARACTER. Now, it is simply prim and proper.
    Very interesting blog!

  • Reply Melanie May 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I too wish it was bright purple … but it does look very nice and you did an excellent job. I do have a few doors at my house that could use a spucing up. I would be willing to let you tackle that project as well and post about it on your blog because I know how much you LOVE painting doors … especially doors that are not your own! 🙂
    Looking forward to more posts on your blog! Love taking a break at work every day to read it! Have a good weekend!

    • Reply steph May 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Lanie 🙂

  • Reply myhonestself May 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Feels do good to cross things off a list! Congrats on finishing, looks great! What’s the next project?!

    • Reply steph May 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      thank you so much! I actually don’t know what my next project is. I have so many partial ideas, I need to figure which one I’m going to nail down and do! I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

  • Reply behrm May 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    i have thoroughly enjoyed your foray into home maintenance. Please don’t give it up now that the door is done. I’m looking for your next to do list.

    • Reply steph May 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      thank you so much! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it!

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