Emerson said, “Be an opener of doors.” The most important door a host opens is his or her own. One of the first things I wanted to change in our new home was our door. It’s the first thing a guest sees and I wanted its exterior to represent our interior; classic, a touch of whimsy and glamour, and a sense of history.
Take a look at your front door with fresh eyes. This is what our door looked like when we moved in.
I saw a cracked tile, an odd “pea soup green” color, and a bland silver door handle. This is not the first picture I wanted guests to have of our home. There was nothing vibrant or inviting about this entryway.
Doors are significant. Doors on a wardrobe opened into the world of Narnia. Iconic red glossy doors have welcomed guests into luxurious spas since Elizabeth Arden opened her first salon in 1910. A small, six paneled black door with a bronze lion head door knocker is perhaps the most famous door in London.
Get an idea and a direction before you get out a paintbrush. Here are the pictures that inspired me:
It was an easy transformation. I replaced the broken tile using hints from this DIY Tile Facelift Tutorial . One coat of black, high gloss paint, a gold fox head door knocker from Signature Hardware and a new door handle from Home Depot is all we needed. Our home is definitely not Ten Downing Street, but our door looks A LOT better than it used to look.