We all put off projects for different reasons. Some seem like such daunting tasks, while others may not even be hard, but we just can’t get ourselves to take the plunge. I’ll admit, I have quite a list. This got me thinking… becoming a blogger has forced me to take on some of these daunting projects. I started Simple Cozy Charm because I wanted to share ideas and inspire others. Well, inspiring others isn’t just peppering in an occasional “You can do it!” or “Don’t give up…” phrases. This blog has actually held me accountable and pushed me to expand my creative side.
Well, daunting is the perfect way to describe how I felt about painting our front door. I have wanted to change the color for years. Each Spring I would plan to investigate techniques and colors and, all of a sudden, summer would be gone, and I was registering kids for school. Another opportunity lost to procrastination.
*Did you catch the word SURPRISE in the title? Someone is going to win 2 bottles paint to makeover their front door OR any other outdoor project in THE color of the season!
Details are at the end 😀
This past Winter, I entered a contest introduced by DecoArt.com. I had to submit a photo of our front door, and they would choose a select number of entries who would then make over their front doors using DecoArt Americana Curb Appeal Paint.
I was chosen! I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited and immediately panicked! No more procrastination. This would finally force me to take action. And friends, I did it in ONE DAY!!
Luscious, creamy, Contemporary Coral now covers our once dark and dated front door. Our home has real curb appeal for the first time!
The process was easy! Here are the steps and items used.
- Americana Decor Curb Appeal Durable Exterior Home Decor Paint in Contemporary Coral
- Paint Brush – I used a Wooster Shortcut
- 3M ScotchBlue Tape
- Sand paper – light grade
- Soft Cloth
- Handy Paint Pail 🙂
Here’s my “once” ugly front door!
I was a little nervous about painting it, because it had such a high gloss finish to it, but it wasn’t hard at all.
First I wiped down the door to rid all cob webs and such 😉
I wet a piece of sand paper, and lightly buffed off the high sheen, then wiped it clean with a soft cloth.
Next, I just started applying the first coat. Obviously painting over a color this dark would take multiple coats with a shade this much lighter. I brushed it on, not rolled to ensure getting in the crevices well.
The second coat covered really well, I was tickled pink with the progress 😉
Funny how lighting plays such a huge part in photographing true colors. I got lucky with the weather and I just left the door propped open while painting on a sunny day in March.
I ultimately applied 3 coats of paint, but this paint would normally cover in 2 coats. My door was just so dark, I applied 3 just to be safe. I am in complete awe of the way it turned out. I had imagined this exact outcome, but honestly couldn’t believe it actually came to be!
It was so much fun styling this beauty, I love how fresh greens and navy accent the coral. I have always wanted a door knocker, and decided a kick plate would be a fun accessory too. I found a fun wreath at Pier 1, but then saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it <3
Friends, Americana Decor Curb Appeal outdoor paint was so easy to apply. It is fade resistant, and has been specially formulated to work on doors (wood or metal), shutters, railings, mailboxes, and more! There is no sealant required, and the finish is a beautiful semi-gloss. I absolutely LOVE the soft sheen it gave our door and highly recommend this product. I have had so many people reach out to me already regarding the paint and process used. So happy to finally share all the info with you!
Now, on to the GIVEAWAY!
I am going to send 2 bottles of Americana Decor Curb Appeal Durable Exterior Outdoor Paint in New England Navy to one lucky winner. This color is right on trend, and was my second choice when deciding what color to paint mine.
See below for details on how to enter!
- Subscribe to my blog.
- Leave a comment on this blog post.
Giveaway will run from May 4 – May 7, 2017
One winner will be chosen at random, will be announced via Simple Cozy Charm’s FB page Monday, May 8, 2017, and contacted via email.
Now to work on the rest of the porch!! See you soon 😉
*Disclosure – I am a member of the blogger program with DecoArt.com. This front door makeover was in collaboration with DecoArt.com, but all opinions and comments are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and shops that make this blog possible.
Author and photos – Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Schunke