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We don’t like our brown front door, but it wasn’t until recently that we learned why our door was brown. And it’s not every day that you get to learn why the old owners painted your door the color of, well, you know.

A few weeks back, B and I were trying to get permission from our home owners’ association to install a patio,  screen in our back porch, and paint our front door white. We’d walked around our neighborhood and looked at the other townhomes’ doors and decided that we liked the white doors with the white trim. So white it was.

We were playing e-mail tag with our home association rep, so she finally came over one Saturday to chat in person. What she said was that a) we could do whatever want inside our fence (so yay for the porch and patio), and that the only reason our door is brown is because the old owners wanted to use the particular storm door that we have, and since this storm door has a bar that runs through the center of it…

…they had to paint their door the same color to make it blend together. Technically, if you want a storm door, it’s supposed to be this one, we learned, as our neighbors across the street have:

Ohhh. I hate this darn storm door anyway, so that decision was simple: Take off the cruddy door, paint our door white, and (because B wants it), eventually get the “approved” door a la the one pictured above.

So yesterday I painted our door. I basically went by exactly what Young House Love recently did, because they apparently provide all my DIY knowledge 😉

I first went over the door using a liquid degrosser, which smelled gross and had all kinds of warnings all over it as to its toxicity. It basically removed all the grime without having to sand too much. I then taped the doorknobs, and let the deglosser dry really well, and then got to work.

Door in the beginning, dirty and banged up:

First coat:

Second coat:

Third coat:

Fourth coat:

Fifth, and final, coat:

We let each coat dry 30 minutes before applying the next, and then let the door stay open the rest of the day to dry (6-7 hours). Now all we have to do, when it stops raining, is to remove the storm door.