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Freshly painted green front door with two potted plants either side.

Overview

The front door is a focal point. It makes a lasting impression when we enter a home, leave in the morning, or return after a long day at work. It also makes a first impression on any visiting guests.

We’re sharing D.I.Y. advice on how to upcycle your door, transforming it with a coat of paint.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Steps

1 Remove the door and hinges

The first thing to do is to remove the door from its hinges. To do this, you’ll need to unscrew each hinge and carefully remove your door. Place the screws and hinges to one side.

Tip: Painting your door is a good opportunity to consider a completely new look. For example, have you considered adding new door hardware too?

Person using a screwdriver to remove door hinges.

2Give the door a sand

Once your door has been removed, place it on a sturdy surface and give it a good sand. Using a detail sander makes the job easy, because you’ll be able to get into each crevice on the door. You can also use a sanding block if your door design is simple.

Wipe away the dust using a cloth when you’re done.

Person using an electric sander to remove paint from a door.

3Apply undercoat

Once you’ve sanded your door and given it a good wipe, you’ll want to apply an undercoat to ensure a smooth application and beautiful finish for your new paint.

An undercoat with a stain blocker in it will stop the timber stain or previous paint from seeping through and affecting the final paint colour. The one we’ve used is a 3-in-1 that includes stain blocker, primer, and undercoat.

Apply two coats and leave to dry between each coat.

Person using a paint roller to prime a door before painting.

4Semi-gloss paint

Now it’s time to add some colour.

Once your undercoats have dried, open that fresh new paint colour you’ve chosen for your door. Give it a good mix and apply evenly. Paint the edges first and use your paint roller as much as possible to avoid brush marks. Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat to ensure the colour is opaque.

We’ve opted for a semi-gloss in the colour 'Woohringa' by Dulux.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: If you’re having trouble selecting a colour, head in-store and speak with one of our friendly Team Members; they will be glad to help you out!
Person using a paint roller to paint a door.

5Allow to dry completely

Allow the painted surface to dry completely to avoid fingerprints and smudges.

6Re-attach the door

Once your door is completely dry, hang your upcycled door by re-attaching the hinges and screws.

And there you have it! A beautifully painted front door that has the wow factor you need to provide a warm welcome.

Person reattaching a door to a door frame.

7Want to revamp your door for the new season or before guests arrive?

Head in-store to get everything you need to prep and paint your door.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.