When the sun comes out it’s the perfect time to get your front door looking it’s best before guests start knocking.
Today, we’ll show you how you can use colour to refresh your front door. And how you can use the same process to achieve four dramatically different looks with Dulux Aquanamel.
What you'll need:
- Dulux Aquanamel® in your chosen sheen and colour
- Dulux 1Step® Prep
- a drop sheet
- a flat paddle paint stirrer
- a wide paint brush
- a 5mm nap gloss paint roller and tray
- a paint pot
- painters tape
- medium grit sand paper
- a damp cloth
- Selleys Original Sugar Soap
- a bucket
- To start, find your inspiration and select a colour from the Dulux colour range.
- Don’t be afraid to be bold. Brightly coloured statement doors can breathe new life into the entrance of your home.
- Let’s get started. Choose a sheen level that suits your home. Semi Gloss is the perfect complement to low sheen walls, or you may look for a distinct Gloss finish.
- Start by laying down a drop sheet. Make sure your front door is clean and then sand it smooth using medium grit sandpaper. Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
- Then using high quality painters tape, mask off the edges of the door and cover any glass with paper.
- Now apply the prep coat. Dulux 1Step® Prep is recommended for a long lasting and professional finish. Apply to the smaller sections first, working your way out to the longest vertical panels.
Dulux Aquanamel is a durable, non-yellowing, water based enamel paint that is low odour, fast drying and has easy water wash up
- Leave the prep coat to dry for 2 hours, then lightly sand back the surface.
- Make sure to stir the paint thoroughly before starting, in an up and down motion before you get started.
- Using your paint brush, start filling in the front panels of the door. Then, fill in the vertical sections between the panels. Followed by the horizontal sections at the top, middle and bottom. And finally, the outside panels.
- Leave the door to dry for at least 2 hours before applying a second coat.
- Follow the same process of painting as the previous coat.
- And that’s it! Simply clean up using responsible paint disposal methods and enjoy your new look. Watch our video for four ways to change the entrance of your home.
We recommend a light sand once dry using fine sand paper between the prep coat and the first, and again between the top coats to provide the best finish.
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