There was no turning back once I started to paint the back side 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.
How to Paint to Stained Front Door
Here is the stained front door from inside the entryway. And, yes, the white trim around the stained door was an existing eyesore.
Steps to Paint a Stained Door
- I made the decision not to remove the door from the door’s hinges. With my erratic Realtor schedule, I wanted to be able to lock up the house if needed.
- Lightly sand the stained door and remove dust a debris front door’s surface.
- 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 to match the adjacent closet door.
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 into you can see we missed a few hinges when we updated the door hardware around the house. I shared that project here.
Painting the interior side of the stained front door made the space 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,