DIY job shows how a newly painted front door can add kerb appeal to homes

A splash of paint can go along way to transform a house
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  • There are many ways to improve the appearance of our homes, but one the most cost-effective and easiest place to start is with a freshly painted front door.

    As one Ideal Home fan proves, a new-look front door can make a HUGE difference. Said fan is Liz Quentin who shares her front door makeover, courtesy of the Ideal Home Room Clinic.

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    Liz’s front door before

    Painted front door

    Image credit: Liz Quentin

    Liz shares the images with the group writing, ‘After 24 years my UPVC front door was looking very tired! I changed the white plain bottom panel for a moulded panel and then painted the door in Zinsser Allcoat satin in Mouse Grey, that I had mixed to order.’

    painted front door makeover in progress

    Image credit: Liz Quentin

    The front door, with it’s new panel, was treated to three coats of the chosen grey shade.

    ‘I ordered a 1 litre tin of paint, I think I had over 2/3 left,’ explains Liz. Making her money go even further she adds, ‘ I have since gone on to paint my planter and outside bin storage box in the grey and I just have some left!’

    Image credit: Liz Quentin

    Liz added a new chrome letter box and door handle to complete the transformation. Saying herself, ‘it looks so much smarter 🙂’.

    When asked if the DIY job was expensive Liz helpfully replies, ‘no not all all. The new panel was about £40 and the mixed paint was £18.’

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    Liz’s front door after

    painted front door finished in slate grey

    Image credit: Liz Quentin

    It looks like a new house! No longer looking like a back door the newly painted front door in slate grey commands attention. Thanks to the bold shade the door somehow boasts more authority as a front door.

    The newly-painted front door proves an inspiration to others in the group who write,’Looks like a whole new door- good work!’ and ‘Fantastic work’.

    Liz adds, ‘the white door frame is still looking a little tired so that will be painted white, when the weather warms up!’.

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