It’s the first thing people see, so it pays to create an appealing entry to your home. Paint will help you get it right!
The original front door of this 1930s bungalow was worth saving but needed some love; owner Filomena installed a new stained-glass window befitting the home’s Federation character and had the door repainted. A fresh paint job for the walls, skirting boards, cornices and ceiling mouldings was next: Filomena and her husband Peter had their hearts set on sky blue (Dulux Blue Balm) as the hero colour, with a crisp white (Dulux Lexicon Quarter) for the doors and trims.
If you’re all set to revitalise an entry and hallway, begin with the front door then address the decorative mouldings.
What you’ll need
Screwdriver; dropsheet; painter’s tape (if the door has a window); 180-grit sandpaper and sanding block
(or use an electric sander); painter’s tack cloth; painting tray; paintbrush; 100mm paint roller; primer; enamel and ceiling paint; sash brush
Project 1: Paint a panelled door
A Remove the door from its casing by unscrewing the hinges (start at the bottom and work your way to the top, and ask a friend to help hold the door steady). Remove any hardware (eg, handle, bell). Use painter’s tape to mask off the window, if there is one. Sand the door all over. Fill any holes using a scraper and putty filler; let dry. Paint the door with primer, one side at a time; let dry then give another light sand. Wipe the door with a tack cloth all over.
B Use a paintbrush to paint the edges of each panel, then fill in using the brush or 100mm roller. Don’t use too much paint as you want a smooth finish.
C Paint the vertical ‘stiles’ between the panels. Paint the horizontal ‘rails’ above and
Sky-inspired palette (left)
below the panels. Then paint the upper section of the door and finally the edges. Let dry, lightly sand and apply a second coat of paint.
D Replace the hardware and remount the door.
NOTE You could paint the door still on its hinges; if so, slide the dropsheet under the door and brace the door with wood shims to hold it steady.
Project 2: How to paint decorative mouldings
Use a sash brush to dab on the paint in small circular motions. Sash brushes have shorter bristles and allow you to get into the crannies. Don’t brush across the moulding
– it will leave globs of paint.
‘We wanted the vibe of our home to be cosy, homely and welcoming, both for our family and visitors. And that starts at the entrance.’ FILOMENA, HOMEOWNER
HELP AT YOUR FINGERTIPS You’ll find painting tips, techniques and advice, and a live chat service at the Dulux website. Plus, the Dulux Colour Design Service connects you with qualified interior designers to help you choose colour palettes and make carrying out your projects plain sailing.
Dulux Ceiling White minimises reflections Lexicon Quarter (front door) Blue Balm (walls) Project palette Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss Dulux Wash&Wear Low Sheen Create accents with Duramax Bright Finish Gold.