Make your front door look as good as new in 4 easy steps

Make your front door look as good as new in 4 easy steps

Giving your old front door a fresh look is as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And, believe it or not, something as simple as a new front door will increase the value of your home!

Bernadette Janson, director and head renovator at The School of Renovating in Sydney says “Replacing with a new modern door can add a lot of wow and costs approximately $500. Even painting the door with a rich oil-based paint will give it a big lift.”

With that said, all that’s left to do now is paint!

If you haven’t done any painting before, you needn’t worry – painting is quite simple.  And today, I will tell you exactly how you can paint your front door in 4 easy steps. So follow these steps and you’ll have a gorgeous front door in no time at all!

1. Gather your supplies

The first step in painting your front door is to gather all the required supplies. The items that you’ll need for this project will include a wire brush, scraper, sandpaper, dust mask, 2-inch paintbrushes/roller brush, primer and exterior paint.

2. Scrape and sand your door

After you’ve gathered all supplies, you’ll need to prepare your front door’s surface before it can be painted. The door must be scraped and sanded first, otherwise the paint won’t stick to the surface. Use the wire brush to scrape and sandpaper to prepare the surface. Make sure to use a dust mask or respirator to protect your lungs from the dust.

3. Add primer to the door

When you’ve finished scraping and sanding your front door, it will have a worn-out/distressed look to it. Next, you’ll need to prime the door so that it is ready for the topcoat of paint. Using your paint brush or roller, add a generous coat of primer to the door. The primer helps the paint stick to the surface, provides protection to the door surface and increases the durability of the topcoat of paint.

4. Paint your door

Once you’re applied a full coat of primer to your front door and let it dry, you’re now ready for your topcoat. However, before you start painting, it’s a good idea to cover all hinges, knobs and accessories with masking tape. If paint gets into these areas then your door will not open/close properly.

If you’re not sure what colour to choose for your “new” front door, head over to and complete their ‘What Colour Front Door Should You Have?‘ Quiz to find out.

The proper way to paint your door is to start with the top and bottom before moving on to the sides. This prevents excessive contraction and expansion of your door. You can choose to use either a roller brush or 2-inch paintbrushes for painting. Make sure to use vertical strokes moving from top to bottom as you paint and wipe away any drips immediately.


That’s it! You’ll have your front door looking as good as new in 5 easy steps, regardless of how old or worn out it once looked!

If you think your door is beyond repair or you’d like to change your front door design before painting it, head into our showroom and speak with one of ours sales persons. We offer a range of front doors that can be purchased by placing a special order with us.


If you’re looking for ways to give your front door a makeover, you should consider painting it. Painting front doors is very simple. All you’ll need is to gather your supplies, scrape and sand your door, add primer to the surface and finally paint the door. That’s it – easy as pie!

And, if your front door is past its use-by date or you’d like to upgrade, consider us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Simply place a special order with us stating all your requirements. Whatever style, type or design you need, we can create a custom front door that meets your requirements and suits your taste. We pride ourselves in providing high quality bespoke front doors that offer fantastic value for money.

Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements for new front doors today!