After you see my painted metal storm door, you will want to paint your storm door to match your front door too. I've had people ask me if you can paint a storm door, and the answer is yes you can! I will share the best way to paint the metal trim around your glass door and how to paint your front door too!
I painted our front door red about 15 years ago. I think it was the first time I painted a door. Let me tell you....when you use red paint, it takes several coats of paint to get good coverage. Or maybe I just didn't know what I was doing. I've learned a few things about painting since then and still have much to learn.
Anyway, It's time for a paint change. We are slowly upping the curb appeal of our home. We updated the house shutters and the light fixtures on each side of the door this year.
The red paint on the door is oil-based, so the door needed priming. I used Glidden Gripper Primer in Grey. I find gray works well under any paint color and is easier to cover than a white primer. They don't make the grey primer anymore so I have them tint the white primer for me. Update May 2021- They no longer make the Glidden Gripper or it doesn't go by the same name. Now the name is PPG Gripper and you can find it at Home Depot.
I chose Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint and primer to paint the door. When doing a job like this, I like to be extra sure and prime, prime, and prime. Behr Ultra goes on smoothly and doesn't chip off.
Before painting, I taped off the door knob with painter's tape. I removed the kick plate and the door knocker. They needed to be updated, and that's a post for a later day.
The door primed and ready for paint. I applied one coat of primer, just enough to give the top coat a good base to grip to. Now about that shiny brass hardware I painted. I'll give you a preview!
This is how the door knocker looked before painting. And yes, I know it's upside down thanks to one of my on-the-ball readers. I'm a little nutty sometimes.
And it's still upside down but isn't the color much better? See the spray paint makeover project here.
This is how the front door looked after the paint job and the hardware spray paint makeover. I hated the look of the white metal around the glass storm door. It really stood out against the blue door, so it got me thinking. I asked my husband if he thought the metal would paint up ok. He said go for it.
To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure this paint project would turn out okay, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I'm glad I did. I've often looked at the frame around the glass storm door, wondering how it would look painted to match the front door paint. Now I know.
I taped off all areas I didn’t want to paint accidentally. I’m a very messy painter. Painter's tape has saved me many, many times. The shelf on the step ladder was a great place to set my paint and work tools.
I decided to paint the metal door handle and the doorbell the same blue color. Didn't know if the paint would stick to them either but might as well try it. I also primed this door. You can never go wrong when starting a paint project with a coat of primer. I painted the weather stripping, metal door casing, and the inside casing between the storm door and the front door blue.
The only thing I didn't paint was the inside frame of the storm door. I guess I should have painted it, too but hey, I don't see the backside of the storm door when looking at the door from outside. The painted metal storm door looks great. Why didn't I think of painting it sooner?
The white vintage iron posts really stood out once both doors were painted blue. The JTS painted the house shutters brown, and I painted the iron porch posts. We also changed out our old, sad, rusty exterior light fixtures on either side of the door. It's really easy to change light fixtures. I can even do it myself.
The exterior is shaping up. We need to do something about the landscaping. The shrubs are original to the house, which was built in 1965. We've lost a tree or two to storms, and luckily, they didn't fall on the house.
Love the brown shutters and blue door much better than the white shutters, red door, and shiny hardware. What do you think of the makeover? I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of the front of the house before painting the door and shutters.
The door was painted in 2012 and this is how it looks in 2023...
No chipping, no scratches, and no noticeable fading. I'm getting ready to paint it again.....after we finish the interior of the house and this Fall when the weather is cooler. I just need to decide on a color.
The front door turned out so well we decided to paint the metal door in our carport. See that project here....How To Paint Exterior Metal Doors To Last
We've been painting the interior of our house, and using a paint sprayer to paint the closet doors is so easy!!..... video below....
Click here to learn How To Paint Outdoor House Shutters....the painless way.
As always, thanks for being here, and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines.