Painted Front Door – Small Change, Big Impact

gray painted front door small changes with big impact
A painted front door isn’t revolutionary. However, even though I decorate all of the time I still am sometimes amazed by how a few small changes here and there can add up to big results. On Monday, I shared my living room makeover. I don’t often share this space because it needed quite a bit of work. Instead of waiting until I could do bigger renovations, I decided to make a few small changes with big impact.

One thing my husband and I have been meaning to do is to buy a new front door. The existing door doesn’t seal properly when closed and it isn’t anything to look at. I was talking about this with a friend one day and she said “why don’t you just paint it in the meantime?” I’m so glad I did because the result was amazing.

Here is the only (really embarrassing) before photo I could find of the area. I’m not sure why I even took this photo. It was when I was in the middle of my last One Room Challenge makeover and I had boxes of flooring and moldings strewn all over the place.

painting your front door gray


I had a sheer window curtain on the sidelight since about the day we moved in. I decided to take that off as well. I took off the door knob and spray painted that black. I thought about using a shiny silver but I had some black spray paint* on hand so I went with that.

update an ugly front door with paint


I used Dark Pewter on the door (I believe that’s a Benjamin Moore color but we had it mixed at Home Depot in the Behr brand) which we had picked up when painting my niece’s countertops. For the sidelight, I purchased this peel and stick window film to add privacy but still let the light in. It provides daytime privacy but at night you can still see in, so I’m going to have to try another one. If you have any recommendations I’d love for you to share it in the comments.

peel and stick window adhesive for privacy


The painted front door looked so much better that I decided to repaint all of the trim as well to really clean it up. I used Pro-Classic Extra White paint from Sherwin Williams in satin finish on the trim and sidelights. The trim color looks so bright and clean that I am going to continue repainting all of the trim downstairs with it. I also bought a pretty new jute entry rug for the space as well.

Painting your front door is a small change with big impact

Not too bad for an afternoon of painting! I love making small changes with big impact! You can see more of the living room makeover here.


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  1. The door looks great, you’re right about how a small change can make a big impact!
    One more question, did you paint the outside of the door gray also?

    1. Hi Mary, I painted the outside of this door black a few years ago. I like the gray so much that I plan to repaint the outside as well. It’s not exterior paint but I do have a glass outer door as well.

  2. I think it looks fantastic. The gray makes everything around it look fresh and new. Great job!

  3. Love the grey door! We have two sidelights and covered them with a decorative film 10 years ago. They still look great and I always get compliments on them. We used a company called and chose the Atlantis Mosaic design. It really looks like stained glass. They have a ton of designs, both clear and color. A little pricey, but it doesn’t take much for sidelights and totally worth it since ours are 10 yrs old and counting.

  4. I smiled when I first started to read your post. You see I too have a really beat up front door I was just talking with my daughterinlaw today how a beat up door allows me to paint it various colours until I can afford a new one.

    If our doors were new we would be stuck with the same version all the time. I love your makeover.

    1. Thanks Leanna, I love your perspective!

  5. What did you use to paint? It looks like a metal door like mine. I have not painted mine yet because I am unsure of what would be best. I am afraid that a brush will leave brush strokes but a roller may leave marks also.

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