Chipped paint, outdated hardware or weathered wood often takes little time, effort and money to improve and makes all the difference in the world . Whether you're looking to sell or are just maintaining your home (no doubt one of your biggest investments), set aside a little time this Spring for some front door TLC.
Apply a fresh coat of color: If your door is already painted but is showing signs of wear and tear, consider repainting it. Be sure to prep the surface properly and use an oil-based paint for the door and any associated exterior trim cases. When choosing a color, decide first if you want your door to pop or blend. If you're looking for a pop of color, include your house color, landscaping and any other exterior elements (brick, stone, etc) in your decision-making process. If tone-on-tone is more your style, consider going one or two shades lighter or darker than your house color or use a neutral color like black, grey or white.
Got rot? Replace your door altogether. A poorly treated door will rot from the inside out (especially here in the Northwest!) so trying to paint over it won't solve your problem. We think the best option for a replacement door in climates with very challenging weather (including extreme sun or constant rain) is a fiberglass composite, like these offered by Codel. These doors can be painted or can be ordered to simulate a wood finish as well. Considering price, wear and tear, and maintenance, fiberglass can make a very practical choice for most homes. Wood doors, by comparison, require regular maintenance to keep their look. If you still opt for a natural wood door instead of a composite and your door sees lots of sun, just make sure that you choose a UV stain!
Update your hardware: To complete the thought on your beautiful new door, update your entry handle set. Prices range widely, but make sure you go with a quality set that offers you the security features you'd expect for a front door. Swapping out your door hardware with a timeless finish like oil-rubbed bronze or nickel makes an enormous difference on your door appeal. Or if you're looking for a quieter approach, blending your hardware with your door color and coordinating it will lighting fixtures , as seen below, is also an option.
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Check back in May for some more quick and easy tips about getting your front stoop, and the rest of your home, ship-shape this Spring.