Spruce up your doors for the holidays!

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Are you ready for the holidays? Is your home all prepared to entertain party guests and family?

You may feel your blood pressure rising just thinking about it.

It can be such a hassle getting an entire home ready for special occasions. However, when it comes to your front door, there is a simple, effective way you can spruce it up without spending much time or money.

Refinish it for a brand new look which will warmly welcome anyone who visits this holiday season!

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Doors of Elegance Refinishing

There are a number of stylish ways you can give your front door an uplifting makeover. At Doors of Elegance, we offer staining/varnishing and painting services. Here is a little more about what each of these has to offer.


Stain is a colorant that is dissolved in a solvent. This means that it will give the wood a slightly different tone, but will not seep into the pores of the wood. It can be removed more easily than paint, if you ever want to change the look of your door in the future.

You will also find additional options with stain, for example, there are some that highlight the grain of the wood, rather than covering it up. Paint will not give you the option to achieve a textured look. There are also stains that will completely cover up the grain of your wood, so it’s important you think about all the options before you make a selection.

With many stains you should always apply a finish or varnish over the top in order to protect the stain from deterioration and to provide a glossier look.


A varnish is a wood finish that is designed to give a door a glossy finish and which helps to protect the wood underneath from stains and wearing away. It is made from materials such as drying oil, solvent, and resin, which gives the glossy finish.

If you prefer, there are a number of alternatives that give a semi-gloss finish instead. It’s important to note that varnish does not change the color of the wood, just enhances the woods appearance and depth of natural color.

After you’ve applied a layer of varnish, you need to allow some time for it to dry and harden, which means you can’t touch it. After the treatment, your door will look as good as new and is sure to make a great first impression.


Paint is a popular choice for those who want to cover up blemishes on the door or create a fresh new look in an entry way. For example, maybe a homeowner wants a bright red door to be an accent to their white home with black trim.

Remember that paint cannot be easily removed, so it’s good to think very carefully about the color choice. Paint removes the natural beauty of a wooden door, which is one downfall of this design idea. However, it can be highly effective if it’s part of a wider home color scheme. If you want to go this route, there are literally thousands of colors and shades to choose from.

Our process

Wondering what the process of refinishing your door looks like? At Doors of Elegance, you can expect the following:

1) We examine and assess your door so that we can take note of the condition and style. At this stage, we will ensure that any necessary putty or caulk is applied. 

2) We take off the lockset.

3) We sand the whole exterior of the door to achieve a smooth finish.

4) We apply concentrated stain to marine varnish. This helps to restore and enhance the door’s original color. 

5) Finally, we apply a single coat of marine varnish to the exterior part of your door.

So there you have it. A simple and easy way to spruce up your front door or doors in an affordable way. Then you have one less thing to worry about in preparing your home for the holiday season. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions!