Front Door Design: Nautical Themes

Rob Diamond, manager of Wallauer’s in North White Plains, shares his tips for painting your front door:

When choosing a color, take the siding, roofing, and shutter colors into account. Typically the front door is the darkest color on the exterior—except, on occasion, the roofing color. Look for a color with a good light reflective value or LRV. This is a system that indicates if the color will fade sooner or later. Use a dedicated exterior paint, like Benjamin Moore MoorGlo or MoorGard. Start by washing the door with a house cleaner and let it dry for 24 hours. If needed, lightly sand the door to create a profile for the paint adhesion.

The below door was painted with Sherwin Williams 6485 Raindrop Paint in a matte finish.

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Simpson Knotty Alder
Arch-Top Door


Jilco Window Corporation

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Granite Springs
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