Simple & Sunny Door Makeover

It’s that time of year again, and I have a painting bug.  The exterior of our home hasn’t been painted in over 5 years, and it’s about time it got a makeover.  And thanks to CIL, we are tackling everything:  the front door, the porch railings and floor, the house trim and possibly the garage door.  This is no small undertaking, but it’s time…we don’t want to look like that house…you know the one.  So the first place I thought we should start was on our front porch.  This is the first thing people see when they come up to our home, and I want it to look sunny and inviting!  So guess what colour I chose to do this?  Yep.  Yellow.  Now you may think this is crazy, but let me explain.  Our porch does not see the sun.  Ever.  Not a drop.  So it can be very dreary.  And I thought why not bring the sunshine to the porch with a coat of paint?

Plus I have always had trouble with matching outdoor decor to our red door…the red just seemed to clash with everything I liked, including plants.  Now that the door is a light yellow the decorating possibilities for me are endless!  I can’t wait to shop for plants.

I’ve got big plans for this porch, so stay tuned for the final reveal…it’s going to be fresh & gorgeous!  So to kick things off here is the first part of our porch reveal…our front door after a sunny coat of paint:

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Doesn’t it look so fresh and sunny?  It’s exactly what I envisioned.  Not too bright, but bright enough.

Now lets look at the before and after…everyone loves a good before and after shot:

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Before  //  After

Both colours are great, but the yellow just suits us so much more!  And really this post isn’t about telling you to paint your door yellow.  It’s to inspire you to paint your front door, period.  So many doors are various shades of beige and brown and grey…which is great…but colour.  Oh colour.  It just makes people feel happy.  When I walk up to our door I just feel happy.  🙂

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And because we loved the colour so much we had to use it somewhere else…but where?  Ahhhh the deck door.  Yes.  Now don’t look at the peeling trim mmmmmkay?  Remember, that’s all part of our outdoor paint project plan!  Just look at the door.

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This is what it looks like if you are standing on our deck.  Again this part of our deck gets basically no sun…so the door is like a little ray of sunshine.

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But where I love this yellow door the most is in our eating nook.  Our eating nook gets next to no sun.  In fact, the only sun it gets is late in the day in the summer.  So majority of the time this little corner is dreary, which is why I’ve added the teal curtains, and why now we’ve painted the door.  So during these summer months the door is swung inside and it’s like a little ray of sunshine has been let in all day now.

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I love it so much, I can’t even tell you.  Sometimes I just walk into the kitchen to look at it.  True story.

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Oh and in the evening when the sun finally does come out?  Wow, gorgeous!

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Painting details:

  • We used CIL Realife Ultra Premium Exterior Paint for Siding, Doors & Trim Paint with Built-In Primer, in Satin
  • Colour:  Creamy
  • Our door required 3 coats of paint to get the coverage we wanted.  Any time you paint a light colour over a dark colour, it takes an extra coat to get a perfect result, no matter what paint you use!

Practical Painting Tips:

  • Make sure your doors are cleaned properly.  We always use a TSP/water solution for cleaning.
  • Make sure the doors are dry before applying paint.
  • Paint brush type:  we used a small foam roller, and a small foam brush for touch ups.
  • Don’t press too hard on your foam roller or your paint will be applied too thick.
  • Don’t worry if you get some stray paint on your door window or door handles, it comes off nicely.  Ideally, you should remove the door knobs, but I didn’t…I just remove stray paint afterwards.
  • Follow the directions on the can for drying times.

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So like I said before, this post isn’t about me telling you to paint your doors yellow.  I just want to inspire you to add some colour to your home in unexpected places…it’s like a rush to have a bright and cheery colour in spots you might not think about painting!  But when you do get that paint brush out and add a splash of colour, it feels great.  Trust me.  😉

Have an inspired day!
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Disclosure:  I have been sponsored by CIL brand paint for PPG to write this post, but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Really truly.  I’m loving the transformation of CIL paint in my home!

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19 Comments

  • Reply jennifurla May 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM Love that color.
  • Reply Shauna May 22, 2014 at 8:56 AM Looks fantastic. Yellow is something I contemplated for our door when I painted it last time, but I decided to go with a deep blue black and add the pop of yellow with our bench instead. The yellow makes me smile every time I come home :)
  • Reply Christine May 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM I'm soooo into yellow right now! The touch of yellow sure brightens up your front entry and back porch!
  • Reply Elizabeth May 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM Oh my goodness ... I've been dying to tell you how much I love your door ! I love the shade of yellow you chose; so cheery :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM Thank you so much Elizabeth! I'm really happy with how it turned out! :)
  • Reply Virginia Fynes May 23, 2014 at 3:55 AM Great color choice, It really brought your door to life!
  • Reply Ali May 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM Perfect choice! I love a happy front door :) If you can recall, my front door is aqua ;) Hi friend! I hope you are well. I've been missing in action on blogs lately :/ but I do read from my phone at times and love all your instagrams. Just wanted to say hi!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM Oh thank you Ali! I do remember your door - it always inspired me! It's so nice to hear from you over here! I always watch your IG feed so I feel like I 'know' you!! I hope you are well too my friend!! :)
  • Reply Lori May 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM I really liked the red but loving the yellow ~ what a difference. I think it's the perfect shade and that is hard to do ~ so many variations!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM Thanks Lori! I loved our red door too, but I'm LOVING the yellow! I'm loving the brightness of it!
  • Reply nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma May 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM The yellow really pops, Jo! I painted my front door black a few years ago (it's had the original overly stained wood finish from the late 30s- not a pretty vintage) and have loved it since! Just curious, when I painted my door, I looked into the feng shui of door colors. What directions do your doors face? Random, I know, what a weird question...lol... <3 N
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 25, 2014 at 7:18 PM Thanks Nic! I really love the colour - I bought some yellow and white flowers for my porch and I'm loving how it all looks! BTW, our door faces south...hoping that's not bad for feng shui! ;)
  • Reply Tara May 26, 2014 at 1:32 AM It's gorgeous, Jo-Anna! I love the new colour - it's so bright and sunny!
  • Reply Dawn Reeves May 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM I love the fresh color!
  • Reply Michele September 23, 2015 at 2:31 PM I absolutely love the look. Especially the floor! What is that beautiful color?? I need that on my porch!! Please help :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 24, 2015 at 9:06 AM Hi Michele! For the porch floor & stairs we used CIL Woodcare in Semi-Transparent. Colour: Traditional Walnut
  • Reply Ivory March 6, 2016 at 6:13 PM Love your door. Sorry if I missed it, but what's the name of the yellow paint you used? This is the exact yellow I planned for my front door. Thanks!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 7, 2016 at 9:35 PM Thank you, we love it too! The paint colour is called Creamy, and the brand is CIL (CIL Realife Ultra Premium Exterior Paint for Siding, Doors & Trim Paint with Built-In Primer, in Satin)

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