I’m realizing that having the kiddos home from school doesn’t always allow for the same time to work on these challenges, so bare with me this month as I get through the porch challenge. I may have to mix up the days I give updates depending on the week’s activities. Remember last week? Unexpected eye surgery? This past week we celebrated both my husband and youngest’s birthdays, which is much better news than eye surgery 🙂
You may remember from week 1 that I really wanted a blue front door. I have loved blue doors for years, and when the paint started peeling off our front door, it was the perfect opportunity to go from red to blue. So, here’s the tutorial and budget so far.
Remember this door?
First, I didn’t love the color. I think it has faded somewhat in the morning sun, so it was kinda “rosy red”. Then, over the winter, the paint literally started peeling off in big sheets. Problem is, you can’t really paint while it’s snowing, so we had to wait it out ’til spring.
Here’s the tutorial on how we redid the door; along with some lessons learned.
Prep the Door
Start by removing the door knob and lock. Then apply painter’s tape to the areas you don’t want stripped and painted.
Stripping The Door
Because the paint had peeled in some sections, we couldn’t just paint over it; we had to strip off all the paint. This was the first time I’d ever stripped paint, and I learned a few things that I want to share.
- Prepare Yourself– Wear gloves that prevent chemical burn- I started out thinking some vinyl gloves would be sufficient, and I was totally wrong. Every time the paint stripper touched my skin, it burned. I’d run to the sink and wash it off, but I’m sure that wasn’t good. I had to go back to the store, so I purchased some disposable gloves that were supposed to work with chemicals, but they would tear easily. I made it through with those, but next time, I’m investing in a better pair of gloves, like these. Also, wear a respirator/mask. I didn’t do this because I was working in a well ventilated area, which was what the directions said to do, but my throat got pretty irritated… admittedly, this could just be my seasonal allergies, but I’m pretty sure those fumes are not great for breathing. Totally getting a respirator (like this one) if I ever strip paint again. I did wear safety goggles to prevent eye irritation, which I also recommend, and so did my can of stripper.
- Prepare The Area– Use this product with adequate ventilation. I opened the door to the outside, and opened all the windows on the main floor. I put down a plastic table cloth so all the paint would fall onto it, making for easy clean-up. Make sure you follow the instructions on the can of stripper. I poured mine into a metal can (an old coffee can) and used a plastic putty knife to remove the paint.
- Apply A Thick Coat– Since this was my first attempt at stripping paint, I didn’t realize you needed such a thick coat of stripper. When I applied a thinner coat, the stripper dried so quickly, it didn’t have a chance to do its job. So, really lather the stuff on there.
- Dispose Properly– Check with your state/county to see what you should do with your paint chips. Our home was built in 2002, so I wasn’t worried about lead-based paint on our door, but, for proper disposal of the paint chips, I was to double bag them, and put them in the trash. Unused paint thinner cannot be placed in the trash, so I’ll store it, but you can also bring it to a recycle center.
Prime The Door
Once all the paint has been removed, thoroughly wash the door to remove any dust/dirt, etc. Now you are ready to prime the door with primer. I asked some trusted bloggers what they use for primer, and most suggested “Gripper Primer”, so that’s what I used.
Paint The Door
If you are an Instagram follower, you got the opportunity to help choose the color for the door AND get a sneak peek. I went with the majority and bought “English Channel” in an exterior satin paint by Behr. Using a small foam roller, I applied 3 coats, and… ta da!
Budget… So Far
For Stripping the Paint:
- 1 Quart Paint Remover- $8.98
- Plastic Scrappers (3 pack)- $2.97
- Plastic Table Cloth (To catch paint chips)- FREE (Already Had)
- Paint Brush- FREE (Already Had)
- Metal Can- FREE (Already Had)
- Disposable Chemical Gloves- $2.48
Primer- FREE (Already Had)
1 Quart Exterior Paint- $17.54
Foam Rollers- FREE (Already Had)
Total So Far- $31.97
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