Use Rustoleum Spray Paint to Refresh a Screen Door

October 20, 2011 | by Ethan (email) |

I told you that working on our front door provided a stark comparison for the storm door, and sure enough when I got home two days ago, Jocie had already taped off the glass and started preparing to paint the storm door. Just like painting the front door, I’m really pleased with the results and would encourage anyone to tackle this project if your looking to make a change. This is a cheap, easy DIY project with immediate rewards.

Painting Our Storm Door

Unlike the front door, we disassembled the storm door because we wanted to use the same Rustoleum spray paint we used on the door hardware. It also allowed us to be more thorough with the paint since we could hit it from all sides. Oh, and I found out the name of the paint for everyone that was asking. It’s called Metallic.

We unscrewed the door from its hinges and setup a tarp and styrofoam painting area.

Before we started spraying, I grabbed my grinder and a sanding pad. I used it to smooth out some of the imperfections- mostly dried paint drips. Again, a big thanks to whoever did such a sloppy paint job. The sanding pad did the trick.

You can see Jocie going to town with the spray paint.

One nice thing about using styrofoam is that we could jab stuff into it (like screws) before painting. Here’s a shot of the screws and painted door latch.

After two coats, the door looked really good.

As Jocie painted, I was taping off the glass on the door insert. In my experience with spray paint, if I don’t cover it, I’ll accidentally paint it. You can see I was very thorough.

While the door was off, we painted the trim white. Izzie wanted to help so we let her “paint” some of the brick.

With the past two posts about painting my front door and fixing the door jamb with plastic wood, I’m sure you’ve had enough. Here are a couple more after shots (because I’m really excited with how everything turned out).

7 Responses
  1. Paul says:

    I love Rustoleum paints. The enamels…..gloss, satin and flats cure to a hard, durable finish that is great for high traffic areas.

    I have three dogs that have to scratch at the garage to kitchen door when they want to get let in. They have scratched the door jamb so bad it looks like I raise beavers and squirrels. Our 100 lb Black Lab’s claws are the worst and can ruin any finish. I used Rustoleum Satin on that door five years ago, but used interior “trim” paint on the jamb. The Rustoleum paint is so hard that he has not been able to scratch it, even though the door jamb is ruined

    If the door gets dirty, just spray it down with Scrubbing Bubbles, let it soak 15 minutes and it cleans up to look just like new!

    We are planning on remodeling the kitchen next year and going with white cabinets. I will be using Rustoleum to paint them.

  2. MissFixIt says:

    It must not be that chilly there yet. Its pretty mild here in Canada but I dunno about painting in the weather were currently having as its been raining for the past few days. I need to paint the doors and trim here shoulda coulda woulda situation. Your entrance looks so much nicer now and you didnt have to go the expensive route of changing the door.

    • After today it’s pretty much the end of painting weather here in MN too. Every night starting tomorrow is down in the 30s. Any special paints up in Canada that work in the cold?

  3. JustME says:

    It really looks sharp Ethan. You have an adorable little helper too.

  4. Wow, what an inspiring project! This turned out great and is such a unique idea. Great work and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum to build your project.

  5. Jenni says:

    Love this and it is a fabulous use of Rust-oleum that is totally overlooked. I would love for you to come and link this up at my Rust-Oleum Love Project Parade here:
    Plus, please feel free to link up all of your other Rust-Oleum projects!!

  6. Paul&Aundrea says:

    Awesome job! Also…love the tip for letting the kiddos “help” paint! 😉

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