Since getting our roof replaced, the other ugly elements of our home's exterior have been bugging us. There's nothing like having a beautiful new roof to help you see how nasty the rest of the place looks! As a matter of fact, every day since the roof was finished, my goal has been to attack the "ugliest thing". There were a few obvious items on the list: the peeling four-toned front door and trim, the rusting porch columns, the dilapidated mailbox, the saggy brass (hee hee) porch light.
First order of business? Hands down, the front door and trim. It still looked just like this, almost a year later. Sorry, neighbors.
I started by filling all the holes with wood putty, waiting for it to dry, then sanding it down. Our door is faced with a thin wood veneer (because our house is classy like that), which was peeling off in the top right corner. To contain the damage, I used a utility knife to score a rectangle around the damaged area, then picked off the veneer. Then I filled the patch with more wood putty, waited for it to dry, and sanded it down. I took zero pictures of that process, because it was all done over the course of about five of Madison's lunch times. I couldn't make any noise here during her nap because her window is right next to the front door.
We had already selected the front door color. That process was pretty simple: my mom painted her front door, and had plenty of leftover FREE paint. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "free" is my favorite color. It's a mellow, rusty red. I think it looks very autumnal, which is appropriate for now, but with the right accent colors next to it, it can work with the other seasons as well.
The next day, I painted the trim on the sides and at the top white. I used Valspar's Exterior Semi Gloss Ultra White Paint + Primer. It gave excellent coverage. Two coats later, our trim was pure white, with no trace of the old yellow outline.
That left only one surface still needing some love. See this threshold?
It was awful. Chipped, peeling, dirty, but solid. I used a putty knife to scrape away the chipping pieces, then sanded it down just enough to be sure that any remaining paint was there for the long haul. Then I cleaned it very thoroughly with soap, water, and a dish brush that I bought specifically for paint prep. I followed up with a tack cloth to be sure it was absolutely clear of dust and dry, then primed it.
Since this is a surface that will be walked on, I didn't want to paint it white. Call me crazy, but scrubbing thresholds daily is not my idea of a good time. I lucked out when I saw a gallon of mistinted paint at Lowes for $12. It was perfect! Gray semi-gloss interior/exterior commercial grade paint! It came out just like I wanted.
And now for the good part...pictures!
What do you think?