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Front Door Makeover!


I think I’ve done at least 5 front door makeovers in the last 20 years.  Almost every house I have lived in I have repainted or restained or freshened up the front door.  It’s such an easy DIY and can really make a difference.

Here is where we started at the beginning of the weekend:


And the above pic is after planting our spring flowers! ha!  Our door has pretty much remained the same since we moved in last year.  It’s been on “the list” of things to do but I just hadn’t gotten around to it.  I was really wanting to paint the door a mint or fern green but the more I thought about it, the more I felt swayed to just go with a classic color.  Here’s what needed to be done:


The trim on our door made no sense to me.  We have a nice window above which lets in great light but the door frame and window didn’t even line up.  And they were completely separate, so I came up with the idea to add a few boards to chunk up the frame and tie in the door with the window.  Matt measured and cut them and screwed them on – 3 boards for less than $10 and it didn’t even take him 20 minutes.  I primed and painted them white and voila, better already.  I also removed the old kickplate and prepped the door for painting (deglosser and some light sanding).  Progress:


It’s a subtle difference with the trim but it I love how it turned out.  And I chose to paint the new trim and existing frame white because I really wanted the door to pop.  It’s a good tip if you want to fancy up your front door!

Then next day I put 2 coats of paint and replaced the kick plate with the new one we purchased

I added a wreath I got on sale at target and picked up a super cute doormat at the same time.  These two things (in addition to the spring flowers and the fern) sorta give me that green color I was wanting.  Yay!


I love it so much!



And a before and after comparison.


I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

P.S. I used the Modern Masters front door paint that you can get at Lowes.  It’s pricey but is guaranteed for life and is supposed to withstand weather and beatings.  I didn’t even use a fourth of it so I’ll also have plenty for touch-ups or even to paint another exterior door if I want!