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Front Porch Decor,Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Porch

Front Porch Decor

 front porch decor

front porch decor starts at your door

You don’t have to totally remodel your porch or even buy furniture to give it a face lift. Just buy a can of paint and call it a day! Painting a door a bright color is like smiling at your neighbors. It can show openness and express personality. Just make sure the color you choose isn’t more like a smirk–no one wants to live next to the house with the fuchsia or chartreuse door.

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How to paint your front door

painting your front door requires certain amount of scheduling an organization. You can’t paint your front door and then close it afterwards. Paint takes a certain amount of time to dry. Paint more or less has two stages of drawing basically one is dry to the touch and the other one is dry to cure and this is the one that has to occur before the door can close.

Pick a day

that you can afford to keep your door open or at least cracked open for as long as you can preferably the whole day. Organize the process so that all your preparation work is done the day before so that you don’t waste any of the daytime hour for drying. Do all your wood and dent repairs if you have a steel door. If you have a steel clad door that has some minor dents and scrapes it can be repaired the same way as a car body. Sand the damaged areas making sure at is clean then you can apply some autobody filler to fill over the scratched or damaged area or dented area. If the damages are small and not deep we usually uses spot glaze which is a top coating for auto body filler which is very sandable and is very smooth along you to make a smooth even paint finish.

Wooden door repair

if you have an absolutely beautiful wood door that you want to restore sometimes better to have a replacement door fitted while you are working on the front door. This way you can work on the door horizontally laying down flat on its back allowing you to work away at defective spots on the door. Once all the damages such as scratches nail holes and cracks and splinters are all sanded out, repaired, caulked, primed, and painted. You can flip the door on its other side and paint the interior side of the door if you wish.

Choosing the color for the front door

there is no formula for figuring out what color you should be painting your front door. This all depends on what you have in mind. If you want to conform to the rest of the neighborhood examine the entry doors down the street and neighborhood. If you want your home to have a focal point and stand out and want to have your front door as your focal point (say if somebody is looking for your home you can tell them you’re the house with the dark blue door, that is if no one else has a dark blue door down your street). Add nice contrasting door will work best most times.

Front door upgrade

it is always best if you can afford to buy new hardware such as a front door entry set. They come in different styles and textures. Most commonly front doors have either an aluminum/stainless steel brushed finish or they have real bronze or bronze plated door handles. If you have a window in your door sometimes people either put a tinted privacy screen on the back or even a patterned privacy screen which makes it look quite different some of these can be bought at places like homesense stores.

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7 Fabulous Front Doors

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7 Fabulous Front Doors and Why They Work

There are all kinds of front doors, entry doors, patio doors, sliding doors steel doors fiberglass doors and wood doors. Your basic single entry front door, which basically is a single regular size 32 inch or 34 inch wood or steel door. These doors are big enough for the homeowner to be able to move their larger items into the home such as fridges and living room furniture such as the couch or Chesterfield which are large items. And even so in some cases these doors have to be removed to maximize the opening for moving.

  Entry doors get the most abuse because they are continually used daily. Since the doorway is the first thing that basically a person sees when they look at your home, it should look neat and tidy and welcoming which reflects the type of person you are. Keeping your entrance wayr in tip top good-looking shape, really shows who you are as a homeowner.

   Main doors can be a serious financial investment depending on the type of door and style. Obviously the least expensive would be the single entry door. Then there are double opening doors that can be spruced up with additional accessories such as sidelights on both sides of the door or a single side light and then of course there can be a decorated glass window, in the door either covering the first top half third,or more or a total window insert in the center of the door with some type of tinted or

smoked glass glaze covering for privacy.

One can purchase a totally prefinished front door that requires nothing except installation. These are the best types of doors because they need the least amount of maintenance and the finish on them when not damaged last the longest. The finish on these doors are factory applied with high technology application methods and have the most weather resistant coatings on them.

Then there are doors that come ready to be stained and finished to suit your design and tastes.

On houses at that have those insulated steel doors that need painting from general wear and tear, there are different ways and approaches to paint these doors. But there is no door that can be painted and closed shut immediately after painting. These doors have to stay open for quite a lengthy period of time for the paint to set and dry. Ultimately the best situation would be to remove the door and put a temporary door in there while the paint job is being done. But since most people can’t do this the next best thing we suggest is to keep the door open all day slightly cracked to keep the weather stripping from touching the door. On complicated passage sets with deadbolt and handle require the items to be removed. Then the entire thing has to be sanded smooth with a fine sandpaper take care not to put scratch marks on. When the entire surface is nice and smooth than a thin coat of finish can be applied. In most cases a second coat could be applied a few hours later. This is the reason why to remove unit and put a temporary door in its place sometimes something as simple as a plywood.

Once the entire door has been painted and has to be closed and locked for the evening it is best to place some wax paper around the edges where the door gets in contact with the weather stripping. This still has to be done though when the paint is dry to the touch. Paint it does not dry enough that it will transfer to another surface under compression until it has cured.

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