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

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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


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Re-Blogged 13 times:

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  1. Gene Riemenschneider 05/06/2012 10:40 AM
  2. Nestor & Katerina Gasset 05/06/2012 10:51 AM
  3. Barbara Martino-Sliva 05/06/2012 06:02 PM
  4. Kathy Streib 05/07/2012 10:25 AM
  5. Shaun Rae 05/07/2012 03:56 PM
  6. Karen Feltman 05/07/2012 06:59 PM
  7. Roy Kelley 05/08/2012 02:45 PM
  8. Gabe Sanders 05/14/2012 03:25 AM
  9. Donna Foerster 05/19/2012 05:06 PM
  10. Winston Heverly 10/24/2012 09:15 PM
  11. Heather Littrell 12/31/2012 05:03 AM
  12. Angela Clark 01/04/2013 11:52 AM
  13. Courtney Cooper 01/07/2013 02:01 PM
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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Tammy:  I hear ya!  Hope you don't have to make that decision any time soon, LOL!

May 07, 2012 03:16 PM #67
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Sharon:

I have a customer whom I am trying to convince to paint their front door red.  The house is painted a washed out white.  There are shutters, but they are the same washed out white.  I am not getting anywhere.

May 07, 2012 03:49 PM #68
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Evelyn:  How frustrating.  Maybe showing some before and after pictures would help.  There are others who have posted pics like mine.  Just search "paint front door" and see what you find.

May 07, 2012 05:03 PM #69
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
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Hi Sharon...I certainly wasn't offended.  I thought it was a very clever analogy and one that conveyed the message beautifully.  I'll be 75 in a couple of days and at this stage in my life I'm happy to still have something covering my head.

I'm glad you received a feature!  Well deserved.  

Thanks for the encouragement.  I will do a post on those cabinets...once I find the photos.

Kate

 

May 07, 2012 05:26 PM #70
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Susan McCall
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR - Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR

Oak all over goes with the brass light fixtures and brass trim.  In the 80's I totally brassed out everything I could and then got an oak entertainment center,

But times change along with hair styles.  My entertainment center has been whitewashed and all the fixtures and switch plates have been changed to nickel.  So who wants to present the past when they are on the market competing with newer homes?  With a little updating you are sending a message that you are also  keeping abreast of functional obsolescence.  

May 07, 2012 06:35 PM #71
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Rebecca Gaujot, the GO TO REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Sharon, saw this post as a reblog on Kathy's blog.  What a difference the paint looks on that oak door.  Look forward to see more photos.

May 07, 2012 07:57 PM #72
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Patricia Kennedy
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. - Washington, DC
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Nice save, Sharon!  And now, about that seaded glass...

May 07, 2012 07:57 PM #73
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Christine Donovan
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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 10:01 PM #74
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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
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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 11:11 PM #75
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
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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 08, 2012 02:30 AM #76
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Sharon.... you're right....what a difference....and the door is beautiful....love the stained glass.....

May 08, 2012 04:32 AM #77
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Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
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Oh what a difference a little paint can make!!  So much better!!

May 08, 2012 04:59 AM #78
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
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 11:48 AM #79
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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 03:42 PM #80
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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs

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

Oct 24, 2012 10:28 PM #81
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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 07:14 PM #82
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sharon,

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

Dec 31, 2012 05:27 AM #83
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

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

Dec 31, 2012 02:23 PM #84
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Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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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 11:59 AM #85
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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.

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