New entry door, paint or stain?

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So I was planning on painting my existing door SW 6681 Butter up to go with my (soon to be built) shutters which will be Behr MQ5-53 Privileged Blue. The combination went so well with my gray birch house color. Then I found a door I couldn't pass up. It's beautiful mahogany, a perfect fit to the feel I'm trying to create with my remodel. Would it be a shame to paint it? I've never had it in my mind to have a stained door so I'm flummoxed. The salesman said It's a waste of a good door to paint mahogany wood but I've really always wanted a yellow door. I need your guidance on making the right decision please. If stain is the way to go what color? What about hardware finish?
Thanks!
PS the storm door is going to go.
q new entry door paint or stain, doors, paint colors, painting, painting wood furniture
q new entry door paint or stain, doors, paint colors, painting, painting wood furniture
  12 answers
  • Denise Boyce Denise Boyce on Oct 16, 2015
    Here's my colors

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 17, 2015
    Personally I would not let a salesman stop you from what you are trying to achieve.If this was your idea that you created go ahead and full fill it.

  • Nikki Nikki on Oct 17, 2015
    I think ALL men say that about wood, that is why women do the decorating haaha I love the colors you chose and I think it is going to look Great. I hope you post the after pictures so we can see =)

  • Jean Luby Jean Luby on Oct 17, 2015
    I agree with the above two! We have a grey stone house. I always felt it needed a pick up color. Painted big front door dk. pink. Will also paint same color with other door. Looks great from the road. With the grey you can add any color you love.

  • Shari Shari on Oct 17, 2015
    First of all, I want to say, you have an ADORABLE home! I agree with both Janet and Nikki. It's no secret men prefer wood so I would not waste one minute worrying about painting the door yellow if that is your vision. While the door won't look bad if it is stained, I don't think It will look as fantastic as it would painted in this cheerful yellow you have chosen. Do it! (And I would also love to see a picture when the shutters and door are done!)

  • Mickey Baron Mickey Baron on Oct 17, 2015
    I just LOVE your front door. It's such a hard decision. I like wood too. But your color choice is beautiful. I think a shiney black would be classy. Wreaths are going to dress it up so nicely. Good luck.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Oct 17, 2015
    Very charming home! There are many, many stain colours - I'd check them out.. Have you ever thought of adding slim shutters to the windows?.

  • Debbie Debbie on Oct 18, 2015
    I think I would stain it and live with it for awhile. You could always go back and paint it later.

  • Kathy Graham Bircher Kathy Graham Bircher on Oct 19, 2015
    Charming home and yard. First of all, the salesman won't be the one looking at or opening YOUR front door. Anytime you are in your front yard I bet you will look, at least for several months. I would love clear varnish but yellow is my favorite color so you gave me a dilemma. Are shutters going up at windows or door or both? debbiehoffpauir had good idea. Ask at store about process or products to use.

  • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Oct 20, 2015
    How many times are you going to look at the door? Many many many times. Go with yellow. I will look adorable. I am not a natural at decorating but one of the best pieces of advice I have received it to "Decorate with what you love".

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Oct 20, 2015
    Although it is a beautiful door, the natural wood is patchy in the panel below the window (lighting maybe?). A stain would just emphasize that. If that is not the look you are after, then I would paint it. The 2 colours you chose are classic and historical, and go so well with the house colour.

  • Denise Boyce Denise Boyce on Oct 23, 2015
    Thanks guys, I've decided to paint it my yellow. [ =