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How a Simple Door Refinish Can Make an Old Home New Again

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In our previous blog, “Repairs to Look for in Your New Fixer Upper,” we mentioned that an outdated, deteriorating front door can keep an older home in the past. Door repair and restoration wasn’t the only thing on this list, of course -- structural problems, peeling paint, rickety roofs, warped decks, and more, all require your attention if you wish to transform an older, worn down home into something fresh and appealing. That said, don’t underestimate the difference a door refinishing job can make on your home’s overall appearance. Even if your home is in otherwise fine condition, it’s worth examining your doors and considering how you might update and improve them. Let’s go over the many ways in which refinishing your front entry door can make an older home look and feel new again.

The Benefits of Door Refinishing

Make Your Front Door the Proud Focal Point of Your Home

No matter the era or architectural style, a home’s front entry door naturally serves as a focal point as it is often placed in the center of the house exterior, ornamented in some way, and typically surrounded by light fixtures and other decorative elements. That said, a faded front door can quickly lose its prominence, detracting from a home’s allure and charm. And even if passersby do notice your front door before any other exterior feature, you might not want them to focus too closely on your outdated, beaten up door. Whatever the case, refinishing your front door solves both of these potential problems by restoring this central feature’s vibrancy and character. What was once an eyesore will suddenly become a beautiful centerpiece that serves as the welcoming portal for both visitors and curious eyes. The rest of your home might still require some attention, but a fresh front door can distract from these issues in the meantime.

Introduce Fresh Color and Sheen to Your Home Exterior

There’s no better way to seriously change up the look of your home’s outward appearance than by painting its outward features with new colors. However, most discussions around residential exterior painting focus on siding and trim and tend to ignore other features -- doors, for instance. And yet, updating your front door’s color and finish has a major impact on your home exterior’s look as a whole. This is great news for those who don’t wish to change the color of their siding or trim but still want to find ways to make their exterior pop in new and exciting ways. Indeed, selecting a striking and/or unexpected color for your front door can instantly modernize an older home. You don’t want to pick a color out of a hat or anything, but don’t be afraid to step outside the box a little, either. Even if you stick with a classic color like dark brown or off-white, a refinishing job can deliver that extra amount of shine that makes your door (and your entire exterior by proxy) stand out.

Revitalize Your Entryway

Door refinishing doesn’t just have implications for your home’s exterior appearance, but its interior as well. After all, there are two sides to every door, and you wouldn’t want to restore one half while ignoring the other. Perhaps you weren’t planning on updating your home’s entryway prior to refinishing your front door, but after seeing how fresh your door looks after the fact, you might feel inspired to invest in other interior renovations. Working with professional interior design and interior painting services can help you determine how to bring your home’s entryway (and other rooms) into the modern era. Check out our recent blog, “How to Make Your Home's Entryway Modern and Elegant” for more tips on modernizing your home interior.

Modernize Your Home with New Hardware

No matter how great your door looks, it’s not very practical or complete without a handle, knob, knocker, etc. In other words, your door’s hardware is a major part of its identity. When it comes time to refinish your door, this is the perfect opportunity to replace its old, outdated hardware with more modern features. This seemingly small change can go a long way toward making an old home look and feel new again. Simply run an online search for “vintage door hardware” and then “modern door hardware” to get a sense of the vast gulf between these styles. Even if you prefer the more classic look of these features, have new or refurbished versions installed to complete the restoration job.

Protect Your Investment

Your main reason for restoring your front entry door might be to boost your home’s aesthetics, which is totally valid. As an added bonus, door refinishing also serves to protect your door from various threats, such as impact, wind, moisture, pests, and more. In this way, refinishing your door will grant it a new lease on life, allowing you to enjoy this focal feature for many more years to come. And as long as you stay on top of maintenance duties, you can retain your door’s fresh appearance to boot.

Restore Your Door, Refresh Your Home

Who knew that a simple door refinishing job could go such a long way? At Nash Painting, we know this well thanks to our years of experience updating homes across Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. If you’re not sure of whether or how to refinish a door and/or simply need help with various home renovations, we’re here to help. To learn more about us, our hassle free painting services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!