Bold paint
Ted Tucker

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Nothing has a bigger impact on a front door than fresh paint, which boosts curb appeal and provides protection from the elements. First buff the door with 220-grit sandpaper, and then prime it so the paint adheres better. According to Pat Sandor, a how-to expert at The Home Depot, “a smoother finish, like a semi- or high-gloss, will help prevent moisture from creeping in and forming mildew.” Choose a cheery color—bolder is better!

Shown from top: Ebbtide (SW6493), sherwin-williams.com; Martha Stewart’s Peony Orange (MS032), valspar.com; Folly Green (76), farrow-ball.com

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