Back Door Beautification: A recap

From dull and peeling to bright and welcoming, Amanda’s back porch got a fresh renewal with just a few coats of paint. Even better? She’s proud to have people over now that her home better reflects her cheerful, outgoing personality!

Look back through our posts for the step by step, and take a look at the supplies list below for everything you’ll need to spruce up your own home this weekend!


Frog Tape® Multi-Surface tape

Duration Exterior Latex in Naval (SW 6244)

Deckscapes® Exterior Oil Semi-Transparent Stain (custom tinted)
Purdy® Marathon™ roller cover

Roller Frames (Amanda used 9-inch and 4-inch frames)

Back Door Beautification: Step 5

Loving this yellow color? Well, you might be surprised that this perfect complement to Amanda’s Naval (SW 6244) door is actually a stain! She got a quart of custom-tinted Deckscapes Exterior Stain, which is great for a back porch. As a busy mom, she loved that the stain works in one coat, is scuff resistant and prevents moisture damage and mildew. No need to do extra work, right?

Using a roller on decks and porches makes it super easy to cover a larger surface in less time. That way, you can save your brush for getting in between the railings.

Back Door Beautification: Step 4

Time to paint! Amanda got going with some Frog Tape® to keep the glass on her door paint free. Two coats were all it took for a beautiful Naval (SW 6244) finish. She told us her Sherwin-Williams store helped her pick out Duration Exterior paint in a satin finish, so that it’s easy to clean away “the dirt life gives you.” With a dog and a little girl at home, we’re glad she listened!

If you’re ever painting a door or window and don’t have any tape around, no worries! Of course, try to stay in the lines, but when you’re done, you may be able to scrape off any “oopsies” with a simple putty knife. And to help stay in the lines without always reaching for a brush, mix up the size of your rollers: smaller spaces, smaller rollers.

Back Door Beautification: Step 2

To get ready for a fresh new coat, Amanda and her husband got to work sanding off the old, chipped finish. They made sure to wear face masks and clean up all the dust, keeping the porch nice and clean.

For large areas, consider using an orbital sander like this one to make sanding a breeze! It’s easy to use, and you can even go across the grain without damage if you need to reach tighter spaces.

Back Door Beautification: Step 1

Because she still loved the yellow on her back porch, Amanda wanted to find the perfect match for her stairs and railings. Thankfully, the folks at her local Sherwin-Williams store let her know she could bring in an old paint chip to get an exact match.

As for the blue, brighter was better. So, when she got to the store, she grabbed a color deck and started looking for the perfect shade.

Back Door Beautification

They say your home is an extension of yourself. “That’s why I never have people over in the summer,” Amanda told us a few days ago when we met to talk about her back porch renewal. “We love cooking out, but hate that this was what people would look at when spending time in our backyard.”

So, with the help of a DIY-enthusiast neighbor and the associates at her local Sherwin-Williams store, Amanda got started on a fresh coat of paint for her back porch.