Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Front Door Reveal: Stain Without Pain


I hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving, and are ready to kick off the month of December.  I can't believe it's December.  Why do I already feel behind in my holiday planning, despite my pre-Thanksgiving decorating?  Maybe it's a tryptophan hangover.

I'm *this close* to sharing my finished fireplace with you all.  I painted the mantel and have some other touch ups to do, and ran out of daylight for photos.  I'm hoping tomorrow - can't wait to share - it turned out beautifully!

However, I do have another great finished project to share today!  My "Stain Without Pain" front door makeover  is complete - hooray!  And yes, at some point, I will tackle the ceiling and trim on my front porch.  I won't be able to let it stay that way.  All ... unmatched.  But, baby it's cold outside!

Since the doors got a facelift, I had to let them get their swag(ger) on.  I picked these up at a local garden center and just love them - classic and sophisticated.

I couldn't be happier with how the doors turned out, not to mention that the process was far less labor intensive than I could have hoped - a win-win, thanks to Monica's amazing tutorial.  It took time (I had to wait for the stain to fully cure before I applied the top coat of poly), but other than that, not bad at all.  Especially for such a dramatic end result. 

Let's do a quick look back to last year's front door, just so you can see the full effect.

And now:

The view inside turned out great too.  But let's look back at the before, first.  Definitely not as faded as the exterior, but I wanted something a little richer.

And here it is now in its dark, rich goodness. 

(Is it bad that I'm thinking I should have stained the casing around the door too?  I saw a photo on Pinterest, and that did me in.)  Here, even in one of my inspiration photos you can see what I mean.  Nice, yes?

No matter - not happening right now.  I'm too busy enjoying it!

The staining didn't end here - I have been tackling other wood projects that I will be sharing too. :-)

Don't forget - the 12 Days of Christmas tour of homes starts next Monday!  Can't wait to kick it off and peek in on everyone's holiday homes!

TDC Before and After


  1. WOW, Jenny!!! They are gorgeous, what a huge difference! It makes me wish I had doors to stain (almost)!! You have to be thrilled to see them from the street, too!

  2. Your front door looks wonderful. It’s a beautiful difference. I love the Christmas swags.

  3. Oh my gosh - what an amazing difference!! The doors came out GREAT Jenny!!!

  4. Gorgeous! And made a wise decision to keep the casing on the interior white.

  5. The doors are such an amazing improvement! Great idea! Have any of your neighbors said anything?

  6. Wow - what a beautiful difference ! The stain is very rich, and looks just amazing.....

  7. Jenny, the door are simply gorgeous. I like the white trim inside.

  8. I have total door envy - it's beautiful! Your holiday door greenery looks wonderful too!

  9. Love them so much. Uh oh, don't make me want to run out and get wood doors. I like the white trim on the inside but both are nice.

  10. It’s already striking, but, yeah, it would be even better if you would coat the casing with some stain too. Although the contrast isn’t bad, there’s just something that seems odd, which I frustratingly can’t pinpoint. Katie@Renewal by Andersen® of Los Angeles

  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

  12. OOh I like it! Makes it look so much more dramatic! They are beautiful doors to begin with, but that really took it over the top. :)

  13. What color stain/brand did you use? Thanks :)

  14. Going from light to a sleekly dark shade, eh? That’s a bold move, but the effects are splendid. It did suit well with the rest of house’s interior. Cheers for nailing this makeover!

    Lynne Hollaran @ Suburban Glass


I love hearing from you! Please feel free to leave a comment!