We wanted a new backdoor, found a way to give our current exterior door a cute makeover, and then did it! Here’s our cute and quick backdoor refresh tutorial!
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A commonly received DM I used to get was about… this door. I always promised that a backdoor refresh was on my to-do list, and after we built our pergola, I finally got to it!
I really loved the look of this door. But it came with a price tag that didn’t fit my budget. Why do we always fall in love with the things we can’t afford? (PS if this fits your budget, buy it. IT’S SO CUTE!)
Things I liked:
I thought about it for a long time and finally found a kit that I could use that could turn my current door into a similar version!
Perks of the kit:
(Here’s another alternative if you just want an inexpensive grab-and-go option. The only real difference is that the grid is on the outside of the glass panes, so it isn’t quite as sleek.)
I don’t have photos of the first two steps because we were trying to beat the rain, but I included a video at the very bottom of the post showing all of the steps!
Here’s the paint and paint color that I used! It’s Charcoal Slate but it was made in Base 4 (the store was out of the correct base) – so it’s just slightly darker than our charcoal slate trim.
Since our door was already off of the hinges, I started painting it outside – always easier! But it started to rain, so we put it back on the hinges and finished painting it there.
Methods to paint around glass:
1) Tape every pane off (I don’t love this method – it takes a long time, and the paint often oozes under the tape so you have to clean afterward anyway.
2) Use Liquid Mask (I’ve used and liked this – it’s good if you have multiple panes).
3) Just paint. When it dries, scrape the extra mess off with a razor blade. As long as you keep the blade flat, you won’t scratch the glass.
You can see that I chose method 3 – I love a messy paint and a quick scrape. One last tip – go ahead and scrape a few hours after you painted. If the paint actually cures, it’s harder (though not impossible) to remove.
Paint the first coat, let it dry according to the instructions on the can, then paint the second coat! Now it’s all done except for a new doorknob, and then a much-needed refresh for the storm door!
Not a bad little glow-up, right? I spent less than $300, ended up with a door very similar to my inspiration, and got to keep an old door out of a landfill!
Door Kit that I used
Enjoy your own backdoor refresh, or at least not having to look at my turquoise door anymore!
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