Take a fresh and honest look – right now – at your front door. Do you consider it inviting? Eye-appealing? Are you smiling?  If not, it should make you. This especially if you’re getting ready to sell your home in Northern Virginia.

Remember how important that “curb appeal” and first impressions are! Also, appealing doors add to the sheer enjoyment and pride in your home!

If you want to rescue or at least improve your front door, make it stand out from your neighbors, even if you’re part of a homeowners association.

Think of a color – preferably a high-gloss or semi-gloss version -- you’d like to see and grab a few of those tiny bottled or paper paint samples. Hold them up next to your door. Which one do you like best?

Next, does the color you’ve angling toward present an attractive contrast to the frame, any windows and the brick or other siding that surround it? That’s where you can really personalize it.

Be aware of other front doors that impress you. Snap a quick pic to save it. What does either one of them tell you about the door you want?

Before you paint, double check that the weather will remain dry for the next 48 hours to ensure the first, and any second, coat of paint can dry fully. Also, do it before the nighttime lows drop below 50 degrees. By the same token, avoid the hottest days of the year because you’ll want to keep the door open as long as possible for the edges to dry properly.

One way around this is to find a "quick drying" exterior paint from a leading manufacturer such as Sherwin Williams.

If you have a fav front door, snap a photo and text or email it to me. With your permission, I’ll share it and brag about it! When I get around to it, I'll share before-and-after pics of my front door.

Take a look at these doors, below, with a hat tip to a recent piece in The Washington Post. I think each brings out the best of its entryway. From left to right, the colors from Benjamin Moore are magenta, wasabi and basil green.