Our social media posts that showcase front door refinishing projects are some of our most popular. Seeing the old, weathered finish replaced by the gleaming warmth of fresh stain is so satisfying! Plus, it’s nice to know that the surface is fully protected once again, shielded from sun damage, moisture intrusion, pests, and more.
All of this leads to a very good question: how much does it cost to stain and refinish a wood front door?
Let’s take a closer look.
Low end: for a simple 3‑panel door that’s in good condition, needing some minor touch-ups and a couple coats of clear varnish, the cost could be around $760. That’s the price of a skilled painter for a full day.
Mid-range: that same front door, but with more damage that requires it to be fully stripped, sanded, and refinished, would cost around $2,000.
High-end: a large front door with several panels, needing the full strip, sand, and refinishing process, could cost up to $3,000‑3500. And if you have double doors, the cost will likely double.
It all comes down to the condition, details, and size of the project. As we mentioned above, just light prep and varnish keeps the cost down, while the need for a full strip, sand, and refinish drives the cost up.
Our best advice is to invest in routine maintenance. Ongoing TLC keeps your surfaces, and budget, a whole lot happier in the long-run.
The process typically involves several steps. These may include stripping off the existing finish, sanding the door to smooth the surface, repairing any damages or imperfections, applying a new stain or paint, and finally, sealing and protecting the door with a clear coat.
It really depends on the size of the door, the complexity of the finish, and the drying time required between each step. Typically, refinishing a wooden front door can take anywhere from a few days to a week. It’s important to allow plenty of time for the various stages of the process, including drying and curing, to ensure a durable and long-lasting finish.
Refinishing a wooden front door is definitely not an easy DIY project, especially if you want a gorgeous, lasting finish. We recommend leaving it to the pros unless you’re extremely skilled and experienced.
It depends on the type of wood, exposure to sunlight and the elements, and the quality of the previous finish. In general, it’s recommended to refinish a wooden front door every 3 – 5 years, but we definitely recommend regular inspections and maintenance to extend the lifespan of your finish.
If you have any more questions, please contact us at Chism Brothers Painting. We’d love to chat with you in more detail.
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