A Dated Front Door Is Like Gray Hair On Your House - Color It!

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

As a New Hampshire Home Stager I've seen many prematurely gray homes....older than their years.

Is your front door showing it's age?  It's time for a color!  

I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't be afraid to paint wood.   For many people painting over wood is considered blasphemy, but not all wood is created equal.

 Oak is dated and an oak front door is like gray hair on your house. 


before painting door

Paint the front door!

  It really doesn't matter whether you go vibrant or play it safe, or whether you choose a color based on Feng Shui or fashion trends.

Call a home stager for a color consult if you feel you need professional advice.

 For the cost of a quart of paint, you can subtract years from the age of your house and add thousands to it's value. 

Don't be afraid to paint over wood!

after painting door

  While you're getting a color you might as well get a manicure too....

chances are the hardware also needs updating.

You don't have to buy new - we spray painted the existing door handle with great results.

before and after painting front door

Door color is Valspar Fired Earth

Hardware is Rust-Oleum Textured Black


 fyi....this is my "new" home, and you can see more of our recent updates in my series:  

New Hampshire Home Stager - Transforming My New Home

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 Kitchen    Built-In Bookcases    Powder Room

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nice save, Sharon!  And now, about that seaded glass...

May 07, 2012 12:57 PM #73
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Sharon - I'm one of those who doesn't like to paint over wood.  That said, I agree the oak looked dated, and the new look is much better.

May 07, 2012 03:01 PM #74
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

So true!  Painting our own front door a brick red and adding new hardware made me feel like I was driving up to a brand new home!

May 07, 2012 04:11 PM #75
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am in the process of buying a home right now with a white door with tinges of rust, the first thing I will do after closing is paint this door red. 

However in the photos above I would have preferred to leave it with the wood grain natural look. Of course I also don't mind a bit of gray hair either, so I may just be an odd customer.

May 07, 2012 07:30 PM #76
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Sharon.... you're right....what a difference....and the door is beautiful....love the stained glass.....

May 07, 2012 09:32 PM #77
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Oh what a difference a little paint can make!!  So much better!!

May 07, 2012 09:59 PM #78
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Sharon, you are right.  I am amazed at the painted front dorrs I see and how much more inviting the home looks.

May 08, 2012 04:48 AM #79
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kate:  Thank you!  I can't believe you are turning 75!  HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!  I'm subscribing to your blog so I can watch for that post!

Susan:  Love your comment!  You explained the "dated" concept perfectly!

Rebecca:  I don't know why all the reblogs happened at once...but I'm glad they did!

Patricia:  The glass I happen to like....can't change that anyways.  

Christine:  We'll take it...admitting you like the results is the first step!  You've brought a smile to every home stager's face!

Susan:  Funny what a difference it makes!  Even I had no idea it would make me this happy!

Bob:  You're not an "odd customer" at all!  It's a matter of personal taste for you and that's ok.  Even if I loved the door the way it was I would still paint it if I were selling.  Updating features of the home broadens your buyer pool to include more people.  

Barbara:  Thank you!

Joni:  Very inexpensive improvement....a simple fix!

Bob:  If you are listing a house, you have to consider that you could be competing with new construction.  Putting your best foot door forward is a must!


May 08, 2012 08:42 AM #80
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

wow what an improvement and not only better looking but it appears bigger too

Oct 24, 2012 03:28 PM #81
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

David:  Thank you!  Painting your door can make a huge difference!

Oct 25, 2012 12:14 PM #82
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes


What a difference the color made on your front door! I have an oak front door painted a similar color.

Dec 30, 2012 09:27 PM #83
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sharon:  Well I guess great minds Sharons think alike, LOL!

Dec 31, 2012 06:23 AM #84
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Nice update to the door.  So many times we try to push the seller on curb appeal, often to fall on deaf ears.  It is a HUGE difference when that door is modernized.

Jan 04, 2013 03:59 AM #85
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Bruce:  Thank you!  Sometimes having a picture to show as an example helps them to see the impact.  I hope my example helps some Realtors convince their sellers.

Jan 04, 2013 06:01 AM #86
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Great title:) 

I like red doors. They look inviting and pretty. 

Jul 27, 2016 04:20 PM #87
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Inna Ivchenko  This was a surprise....seeing a comment on a 4 yr old post! I like red doors too!

Jul 27, 2016 10:47 PM #88

This is an old blog, but my husband & I just bought our first home & have a once fabulous large oak front door like yours & we are trying to decide what to do with it. Our question is, what did you do to the inside of door??

Nov 13, 2016 11:54 PM #89
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kristy:  I did not do anything to the inside. My door has a dark stain finish, in good condition, that actually looks very nice with my paint colors and furniture.

If your door is in good condition, you don't have to paint the interior. If your other woodwork is painted or you would prefer the door painted, then paint it.

Nov 14, 2016 12:36 AM #90

Sharon, your front door looks great. What sheen is the Valspar Fired Earth ? Satin or Semi-gloss?

Jan 02, 2017 03:39 PM #91
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ron:   Thank you!  It's a satin finish.

Jan 03, 2017 08:19 AM #92
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