There was no turning back once I started to paint the backside of our front door. The decision to paint the stained front door was a long, agonizing one. Translation? I spent too much time (and coffee) searching Pinterest. Of course, I am obsessed with these doors, but I am pinching pennies as we get ready to demo our kitchen. The difficult decision was based on the fact that once the white paint was in play it was not easily undone. 


Here is the stained front door from inside the entryway. And, yes, the white trim around the stained door was an existing eyesore. 


  1. I made the decision not to remove the door from the door’s hinges. With my REALTOR® life schedule, I wanted to be able to lock up the house if needed.
  2. Lightly sand the stained door and remove dust and debris on the front door’s surface.
  3. Paint the sidelights first. If I hated the paint it would be easier to restain one sidelight than the entire front door. 

At this point, I could see the transformation from the oak stain to a bright white. It matched the adjacent entry closet door and it was a mutual attraction. 

You know that moment when you love the decision you agonized over for weeks?

This was that kind of moment for a DIY girl! 

New hardware to match the closet door hardware finished the look. If you zoom in you can see we missed a few hinges when we updated the door hardware around the house. 

Painting the interior side of the stained front door made the entry so much brighter. 

Look at the before and after side-by-side photo. Painting the stained doors made a huge difference in a matter of hours and a 1/2 gallon of paint. If you want to do a deep dive on the prep details, check out my go-to handyman


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  1. Cheryl A Good says:

    Oh yeah, you made the right decision! A no-brainer in my opinion. Looks sooooo great and even a bit more expensive vs. the oak look. It just makes the entrance pop now! Great decision 🙂

  2. That looks so much better and more modern! Love the makeover. Paint is so awesome!

  3. Huge transformation and great job! Love the before and after shots and look forward to more great ideas from you!

  4. Carol Claremont says:

    It is beautiful – you made a great decision. I love white trim and doors!

  5. Laura, this looks so amazing. What a difference!! I’d like to invite you to share with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday, which runs thru Saturdays.

  6. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    It turned out wonderful!

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