Front Door Update with Modern Masters Front Door Paint©

(This is a product review post.  I received the products for free.  All opinions and photos are 100% my own.)

We replaced our front door 4 or 5 years ago with a lovely solid wood door with six panes of glass.   We painted it a creamy white to match the existing faux brick trim.   But after a few years of use, the white was dingy and scuffed,  so we decided it was time for an update.

Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from

A while back I discovered Modern Masters paints, which I used to make these copper patina mason jars. I really like copper and it’s so in right now. They have several options for copper metallic paint, including one which can be treated to look like real oxidized copper! See how in this post.

After looking around at their paints, I saw that they have a line of paints especially for the Front Door, so I knew I wanted to try it for our front door makeover. The Front Door Paint is supposed to be formulated to resist fading and is a quick-dry,  water-based formula.  You are supposed to be able to paint the door from start to finish in one day.

We chose the color Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection. It’s a lovely, elegant black color (it’s appropriately named!).

They have 24 pretty colors in all, chosen based on current trends and the emotional color wheel.  These are some of my favorites of the other colors (click to view on amazon):

You can see the full color palette here.

We thought the black would really complement the greige paint and creamy white trim, at the same time grounding the color scheme.

To prep the door, I washed it with some dish soap and rinsed it off with the hose.  After it was dry, I sanded it with my Random Orbit Sander to smooth out the previous paint a bit.  I then vacuumed the sanding dust and wiped the door with a damp cloth.

After that I taped around the little windows with blue painter’s tape.  I also taped around the handle, but removed the lock because it’s pretty simple to do.Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from TheDomesticHeart.comWhen I was ready to paint, I made sure to read the step-by-step instructions for using the Front Door Paint provided by Modern Masters.  The most important thing to know is whether the previous paint job on your door was oil-based or latex.

This is water-based paint, so you can’t paint directly over oil-based paint.  Read how to test if your paint is latex, as well as the step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) here.

I definitely wanted to finish this project in one day, so I started about 10 in the morning with the prep, and put on the first coat as soon as the door was ready.  This what it looked like after one coat.Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from

The recoat time according to the directions is 2 hours, so I set my timer and went and did some other things.  After 2 hours, the paint was definitely ready for a 2nd coat.  Here it is:Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from TheDomesticHeart.comHmm, not quite there yet.  Looks like I’ll need a 3rd coat.  Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from TheDomesticHeart.comIt looked great after the 3rd coat, so I let it dry, then reattached the lock and removed all of the tape.  I LOVE the way it looks.  Black was definitely the right choice.Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from TheDomesticHeart.comFront door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from TheDomesticHeart.comFront door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from TheDomesticHeart.comWe are planning a full front porch makeover, including repainting the trim and railings in white, in the near future. I am also working on new house numbers and a cute mailbox. :)Front door update with awesome Modern Masters Front Door Paint from

The Paint

I really enjoyed working with this paint.  I put a drop cloth down but I didn’t need it.  This stuff does. not. drip. Period.  It’s pretty awesome, ’cause I’m kinda notorious for dripping paint everywhere – he he. :)

The paint is nice and thick, and goes on very smooth.  It does dry fast, so you do have to work quickly, but it’s actually really nice that it dries fast.  I painted all of the vertical panels first, and by the time I went to paint the horizontal portions, the vertical ones were dry already, so I didn’t mess up the paint on those, which is usually a problem I have with painting things like doors.  And I was able to paint it in one day.

They say you can get away with just 2 coats most of the time, but I needed 3 coats for sure, probably because I was painting black over white.  If you are going from brown to, say, red, you might only need 2 coats.

Also, there is a lot of paint in the container.  I only used 1/3 of the container, even with painting 3 full coats.  If you have a double front door or several outer doors to paint, you will have plenty of paint.

There’s really no need to take the door off the hinges, in my opinion, unless you just really want to lay it down to paint it.  To me that’s more trouble than it’s worth, seeing as this paint won’t drip or run down the door.  The color is gorgeous and it has a beautiful sheen to it.

If you are thinking about repainting your front door soon – or are now feeling inspired to – I highly recommend this paint.  It can be purchased  at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardwares, as well as online via Amazon or the Modern Masters online shop.

If you decide to makeover your front door, I’d love to see the finished product!  You can share your photos with me on my Facebook page.

From my {domestic} ♥ to yours,


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      • Sue says

        I was wondering if your door after being painted withstands scrapes from keys, etc… I painted mine with regular black latex paint and it has scratches on it already!

        • says

          Hey Sue! It’s only been two weeks but no, so far no scratches or anything – it still looks perfect! I’m not surprised the latex is scratching, especially if you didn’t use a really good primer first. I would definitely recommend this paint. If not, you could try an exterior enamel paint. It’s oil-based so shouldn’t scratch as easily.

    • says

      Hey there, actually we had a weird problem develop after the scorching summer we had. Our door has panels and the paint started pulling away from the inside edges. I’m not sure if this is the paint or the way I applied it. Also I didn’t do a topcoat, although they say you don’t need one. If you live in a very hot climate, say days >100* I would try an exterior enamel paint. As for the color it still looks beautiful!