Make A Grand Entrance With Dulux

First impressions count so what better way to make a bold statement than with a grand entrance to your home.  Adding a dash of colour to your front door and porch accessories is a simple way to wow your guests by creating an inviting atmosphere.   Here are some  simple DIY projects you can try this weekend to help freshen up your home’s exterior.

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Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr says you can be playful with colour choice when selecting the colours for your front door and accessories, as they can remarkably impact and
positively change the look and feel of your home.

“Working tonally with blacks and greys on doors against contrasting whites can animate the home in a classic and elegant way. To add a sophisticated highlight to this monochromatic scheme, include a green, such an emerald coloured bench or potted plants on the porch,” she says.

 

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“For a trends-driven look, try apricot or terracotta coloured accents on the door and verandah accessories against a predominantly white exterior with black or charcoal trims. At dusk, the soft sunlight can create a metallic-like effect with some tan and apricot tones, which can add another layer of depth and dimension to the scheme.”

 

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Contrasting colours or colours working tonally can play an integral role in the balance of your home’s exterior. Start by selecting your door colour, then introduce a range of accessories in complementary colours – such as a door-mat, potted or hanging plants, seating, lighting and wall hangings.

“Paint is a powerful tool – and one that’s surprisingly addictive,” says Lucena-Orr. “Once you start experimenting with colour, you’ll find you can never go back. And best of all, you can
easily change the exterior accent colours down the track when you feel like something new.”

Your Project Shopping List

  • Dulux® Aquanamel® Gloss in your chosen colour
  • Dulux 1Step® Prep
  • High quality synthetic brush for cutting in
  • Short nap (5-10mm) synthetic roller
  • Dulux Aquanamel® Low Gloss in your chosen colour
  • Dulux Duramax® in your chosen sheen and colours

General Painting Supplies

  • Paint pot – for cutting in
  • Roller tray
  • Roller extension pole
  • Drop sheets
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Cloth

Painting Instructions For Door

  • Lightly sand the surface to a dull finish then apply 1 coat of Dulux 1Step Prep Water Based.
  • Start by cutting in around the edges of the door.
  • Apply Dulux Aquanamel to the surface using short, horizontal brush strokes.
  • Once you’ve completed an area, while paint is still wet, lightly smooth over the painted section with long brush strokes. Do not reload the brush when you do this.

Painting Instructions For Bench Seat

  • Prepare the surface by applying 1 coat of Dulux 1Step Prep Water Based.
  • Start by cutting in around the edges of your furniture piece.
  • Apply Dulux Aquanamel to the surface using short, horizontal brush strokes.
  • Once you’ve completed an area, while paint is still wet, lightly smooth over the painted section with long brush strokes. Do not reload the brush when you do this, a few strokes should be enough to smooth the surface.
  • Allow 2 hours to dry, then give the surface a light sand with 400 grit sandpaper and repeat for a second coat.
  • Repeat the above steps for a second coat.

Refreshing your front door with a new coat of paint is the perfect weekend DIY Project.  What colour will you choose for your front door?