I love to see colorful front doors. Don’t you? A painted door can add real drama to the exterior of a house.

See what I mean? Even the newest HGTV Sweepstakes Urban Oasis features a pink door.

Photo by Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography


Yet many of us after painting or installing a beautiful colored front door, install a white or another color storm door that doesn’t match or clashes with the color of our front door and we’re led to believe that we can’t do anything about it.

I don’t know if it’s the fear of painting something other than wood, but we can paint those things! 

When we installed our new front and storm doors, we ordered it in black…the front door, side windows, AND storm door. It looked kind of like a big black hole. I really don’t know what we were thinking. I’d post a picture, but the only one that I could find was of my daughter’s prom picture and I know she kill me if I posted it. 

When I’d had enough of the black door, I decided to paint it Blue-Grey Slate Exterior Paint by ColorPlace. 

I so love this color! To make the storm door look cohesive, I painted that too. After lightly sanding, I primed it with Zinsser Bulls Eye 123, which has become my go-to primer because it adheres so well. There are also specific metal primers like Rust-Oleum Clear Metal Primer.

I can’t stress enough that the primer must dry completely, a day or two would be best. Then I painted several coats of of the same paint from the front door. There are also exterior-grade spray paints that will adhere better than latex, but I’ve found the latex that I used to be fine.

No confusion with the colors of this door!

I used less than a quart of paint for the whole project. I also painted the side window panels white so it no longer looked the black hole from space.

If I had to do it again, I would chose a better grade of paint. I haven’t had any problems with this paint, but paint is one of those areas that I believe that there is a difference in the quality and it’s better to spend a little more.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. See my Disclosure page for more information)