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How to Paint a Door in the Middle of a Snowstorm

I bought the supplies to paint the doors and had them all ready to go. However, it snowed and I spent the next 8 hours shoveling and snow blowing the snow. So, I painted a door using this method the next day while the town continued to clear all the snow away. And it was still cold…… so the spirit of the title (there was 35″ of snow on the ground) was still there, even though the letter of the title (it was no longer snowing) was passed.

Some background as to why I felt the need to paint outside doors in January – I have two flip houses that we are currently working on and they both need their front and side doors painted. Unfortunately, winter has come to my area so it is cold and snowy, but flips wait for no man or woman!

I had to come up with some way to be able to paint the doors NOW! I decided that I could do the job with a few spring clamps, some clothespins, a drop cloth, and a roll of insulation.

I first attached the drop cloth to the outside of the house with the spring-loaded clamps. I clipped into the J-channel that goes the entire way around the door and I left about 6 inches of slack across the opening. I used clothespins at the top. If you don’t get this quite right the first time, it’s very easy to adjust later.

Next, I had to go back inside for the next step. I couldn’t go through my drop cloth covered door, so I had to find another way in. I had to make my way through about 4 feet of snow along the side of the house to the front door. The neighbor didn’t have anywhere else to put the snow from their driveway so it was all heaped up in my side yard. Just part of the adventure of flipping. That’s why most of the house flipping shows happen in warm climates- those people are SMART!

When I did make it back inside, I cut three strips of insulation to the length of the door. I then inserted the insulation into the door opening. If the insulation doesn’t fit well and wants to pop back out at you, this is where you may have to adjust the drop cloth on the outside because you may not have left enough slack. (hopefully, all you are dealing with is cold and not several feet of snow to adjust 🙂

Here’s where I ran into my first glitch. I thought the insulation would stay in place due to friction. Nope, the strips were too heavy and the opening was too big. I tried clipping the strips together with clothespins, but still no. I then went back outside (back through the giant snowdrift) and clipped the stapling flange on the edge of the insulation under the plastic, on all 6 clamps, which held the two outer strips up. The middle strip stayed up thanks to friction and the help of four more clothespins that I used to clip the edges of the insulation together.

My paint can instructions said that the door would dry to the touch in 1 hour and the paint could be re-applied after 4 hours. The awesome thing about this method is that you can go ahead and do two coats on the same day (even when it’s 23 degrees out) as you can let your door hang open for 5 hours in the cold and not go through all of your heating oil! The door will dry very efficiently in the 70°F heat of the house. The paint can normally be applied in temperatures as low as 32° but it takes longer to dry (and you would be attempting to heat the outdoors while your door is hanging open-not good)!

So, if you want to spruce up your doors for spring, give it a go! You no longer have to wait until the temperature warms up!

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By Tessa

My name is Tessa. I'm married and a mom of two grown children. I‘ve always been a working mom. This isn’t necessarily a mommy blog, although I plan to write about food, my life in general, the boring mundane parts, and the wonderful, precious moments and memories that the average every day is made of. I’ll share my DIY moments as a novice beginner

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