Dressing Your Front Entry for Success
Have you ever been told to ‘dress for success’? That’s because first impressions matter. Why shouldn’t the same go for your Toronto home? Your front entry door is the first thing guests see when visiting, and can make or break your home’s appearance. At Burano Doors, we know just how important this first impression is, and believe that beauty begins at your doorstep. A unique front entry can add dimension, interest, and excitement to your home, and there are many ways to make it yours.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to spruce up your entryway is to give your front entry door in Toronto a refresh with a new coat of paint. Toronto is full of beautiful century homes, and this will set you apart from the rest! Follow our easy step-by-step guide to start your own DIY-door project. We’ll take you through how to choose the perfect colour, prep your door, and how to get a little extra help if you need it.
To Contrast, or not to Contrast?
Before you get down to business, you first need to decide on a colour. Will it blend in or stand out? Will you paint the trim to match, or contrast? Have gold, brass, or silver hardware? Luckily, we’ve already covered the basics of picking your front entry door in Toronto colour an earlier post. If you missed it, let’s do a quick recap. When it comes to colour, you can go bold and bright, with a yellow or red, or stick to a monochromatic look. Be sure to take the style of your home into account, and consider your own personal style as well- you’ll be the one seeing it every day!
You may also want to give the trim a fresh coat of paint as well, since it can help highlight your new door colour and add dimension. We know Toronto weather can get nasty, especially in the winter, so if you have a screen door or storm door, you may want to repaint those as well. Don’t forget to consider your hardware, and whether or not it will complement your new front entry. Gold and brass hardware will add contrast to cooler-coloured doors, but can also give a sleek, monochromatic look with warmer-toned doorways.
It’s always best to test your colours outside, especially in sunlight, so you’ll have a more accurate idea of the colour. Indoor light tends to be more yellow-shifted, and will give the colour a different hue than it will outdoors. This will avoid any unhappy surprises once the paint is applied! Whatever colour you choose, ensure that it is a certified exterior paint. Using the correct paint will ensure that your colour stays long-term, especially under harsh weather conditions! We also recommend using a combination of paint and primer all-in-one to avoid extra cost and time.
Preparing Your Front Entry Door in Toronto
The key to having a beautiful front entryway lies in the preparation. For the DIY-savvy Toronto home-owner, there are only a few short steps to have your door ready for painting. To begin, you’ll want to remove all your hardware, to avoid them getting in your way, or being painted as well. For any hardware that is set into the door, cover this over with painter’s tape to ensure it is protected while you are working. You may also want to outline your door trim with painter’s tape if you are painting it to prevent any paint from getting on your brick or siding.
Your new paint colour will better adhere to your door if you sand down the existing colour first. We recommend using a sanding block (not an electric sander) to remove the top layer of your current paint colour and remove any other debris from your door. Once complete, be sure to remove the excess dust to prevent any particles from being trapped in the paint. This can cause an uneven texture or grain in your paint, which is not ideal. Once you’ve completed this, you’re ready to begin the final step- painting!
It’s Painting Time
The very last step to completing your new front entry is to paint the door itself! Begin by laying a drop cloth over your front step and interior, to catch any paint drips. Always leave your door open slightly when painting to make sure you have covered all the edges evenly. We recommend using a roller brush for any large flat surfaces and following up with a small brush to cover any recessed areas or detailing in your door.
The paint you choose will come with instructions for the proper drying time- make sure you allow the paint to dry fully before applying a second coat. Depending on the colour chosen, you may need multiple coats to get full coverage and reach your ideal colour. If you are painting your trim as well, be sure to follow the same instructions and use the same number of coats for a seamless look. Once fully dried, you can remove the painter’s tape and reattach your hardware as needed.
Congratulations, you’ve now got a front entry that will be the envy of all your neighbours!
Not the DIY type?
We know DIY isn’t for everyone. You may even still have questions about how to paint your door, or if a replacement is more practical. Not to worry, Burano Doors is here for you, every step of the way! We pride ourselves on being the premier destination in Toronto for unique, quality doors that will make you the talk of the town, inspired by our favourite town.
With Burano, you can find a wide selection of steel or fibreglass exterior doors in a variety of styles, to suit you and your home. We can also help you design a custom door for your perfect fit. The customization doesn’t stop at the door styles either! We also offer a selection of pre-made and custom colours so you never have to compromise.
Why not contact us today for a free estimate? We can help you build your dream front entry!