I was taking our side door (and primary entrance) from this:
I was hoping the black would tie in with our new sensor-light (Lowe's) and also help hide some of the inevitable grime the door gets. The old paint was matte and off-white which showed EVERYTHING.
I love it! What do you think?
I hesitate to go through the steps I used because there are only two, and I'm not sure if you should copy me. I just taped off the windows (annoying!) and painted it with 2 coats of oil-based black paint I bought on clearance at Lowe's. The grill around the window is plastic; the door itself is metal.
If I were to do it again, I'd do it in a less smelly, more environmentally friendly way using primer and latex exterior paint.
For a step-by-step lesson on painting a door using that method, check out Sherry and John's blog. They happened to paint their door the most adorable yellow the same day I painted mine.
Good thing I still have a front door-- I may need to go yellow!