You can refinish a vintage front door on a budget. This DIY front door makeover on a budget will enhance your home’s curb appeal.
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I love the look of vintage wood doors, so I chose to replace my metal front door. I found a vintage all wood door with great details. These doors will enhance the curb appeal of your home.
You will need the following supplies to refinish a vintage front door on a budget:
- vintage wood door with character
- citrus strip mask and scraping tools
- hand sander (Could be done with sand paper and block depending on the details of the door)
- paint and/or stain
- door hardware – hinges and handles
If you explored the links above you saw my former metal front door. The door donned six colors over the past 20 years, and none of them were shy. My favorite was Wythe Blue.
A beautiful coral color, Old Country, comes in a close second.
There are a lot of options when you decide to refinish a vintage front door. Here are the simple steps:
1. Find a vintage door:
I chose to restore a vintage door to create a charming curb appeal. I found a solid wood 1930s door with paneled detail and a stain glass insert. Lots of life occurred at this door, and it showed. For me the knocks and bruises add character.
Be sure that you find a door that isn’t warped, and matches the exact dimensions of your current door. I had to remove two coats of paint to reveal the beautiful wood. I’m pleased with the outcome. Here’s how the door looked when I found it.
2. Strip off old paint:
If you’re not afraid of a little hard work and some sweat equity, consider yourself equipped for this makeover, at least the restoring and beautifying of the door. I removed the moss green paint only to discover another layer of black paint that needed to be stripped. I followed the directions on the stripping agent I chose, Citrus Strip.
3. Sand to a smooth finish:
A hand sander will make this job a lot easier, although you can sand by hand if you have the patience. After hours of tedious sanding, I was unable to remove all the black paint from the recessed panels. This was when I decided to highlight the panels with the moss green paint color that closely matches the paint of the body of our home. A delightful concession, I think.
4. Paint and/or Stain
With exposure to weather, the wooden front door will need a layer of protection. I chose a Behr product, Waterproofing Stain & Sealer.
5. Hinges and Handles
My built in carpenter, Tom the Great, did not want to tackle moving the hinges and strike plates, so we hired a carpenter for the installation process. We reused our existing hardware, except for purchasing new the hinges.
You can check out my Instagram Stories to view videos of the process.
You will have to check back for a later post on how the inside of the door turned out. It’s my favorite of the two looks.