There was no u-turn once I started to paint our stained 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. I know… #blogprobs. The difficult decision was based on the fact that if the change from a stained to painted door, was not one that was 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.
I made the decision not to remove the door from the door’s hinges. With my erratic Realtor schedule, it did not make sense to remove the front door from the hinges leaving the entrance open to Colorado critters or solicitors!
So I started in steps; lightly sanding the stained door. I painted the sidelights first. I figured if I hated the paint it would be easier to restain one sidelight than the fron tdoor. 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 decisionthat you agonized over for weeks?
This was my moment!
New hardware to match the closet door hardware finished the look. If you take a close look at the front door 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 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 this handyman,