Spring is here and I’m happy to show you my quick tree house porch makeover that I worked on over the weekend. I painted the door in four easy steps and will walk you through how I did it today.
If you haven’t seen our tree house yet, hop on over and get the full tour here.
All winter, the tree house has been used for a boy fort. I was shocked to go inside to find 6 giant Nerf guns, toys and furniture moved all over the place (mostly to block the door from the opposite team) and the floor covered in leaves! The door was practically kicked down and there were even boy sized muddy foot prints all over it. Little boys are wild!
I felt bad knowing my daughter and her little friends had been playing in that mess. Since the boys have been using the tree house for this long, I decided to clean it up and make it a nice place for the girls. It took me much longer to sweep the floor than it did to paint the door!
The only thing that was going to help the poor tree house door was a fresh coat of paint! It used to be a dingy white and now I love the new bright blue color. It’s perfect for spring.
I just hope now I can keep the boys from kicking it, then all will be good! Maybe I should make a “No Kicking Door or Else!” sign and hang it from the pink flamingo’s neck. ha!
Painting the tree house door was quick and much easier than I though it would be! The before and after photos below are fun to look at and now I’m on a “paint the door” kick, wondering which door in my home to paint next.
How to Paint an Exterior Door
As you can see my door was pretty dirty and nasty! So first of all you will want to clean the door with soap and water. I wasn’t able to get all of the dirt off, but the paint covered it all up with no problem.
What you will need:
- 1 Quart Exterior Paint with Primer Included
- Small Paint Roller and Tray Kit
- Foam paint brush
- Painting Tape
- Craft knife
- Drop Cloth or old sheet
I used Valspar Duramax Paint + Primer, Semi-Gloss from Lowes. The paint color is Sea Breeze. Make sure to tell the person mixing your paint that it is for an exterior door, so they will get you the correct paint.
After the door dries from washing it, cover the door knob and any other hardware with the painter’s tape. I used my Exacto knife to trim the excess tape around each item. Put a drop cloth or old sheet under the door.
Paint around the taped areas with your foam brush, then paint inside the creases of the door that the roller brush won’t be able to get.
Start painting at the top of the door and work your way down. I love that the primer and paint is all in one. One coat was all I needed! The paint dried quickly too. It rained that night and everything looked fresh and pretty the next day.
Here is the before tree house photo…
The after tree house photo.
I love it! Also note that I painted the swings blue and pink. I painted the flower pot on the porch with that same pink.
I’m still working on the inside, but I can’t wait to show it to you! It’s going to be super cute and party ready soon!!
What do you think of the new blue door?
After I had all of these colors and products in my cart, I realized it looked a lot like my Pool Party Collection! I will have to use some of it to decorate the inside for sure.
Originally published on April 14, 2014. Last Updated on April 18, 2019 by Amy Locurto