[our home] The Front Door

Makeover your front door. It's the first thing that greets your guests.

Makeover your front door. It’s the first thing that greets your guests.

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.

This is what our door looked like before the "makeover."

This is what our door looked like before the “makeover.”

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.

Go outside and look at your front door with new eyes.  What do you see? Whatever it is, it will be the first thing that greets your guests.  Be an opener of a door you are proud of.
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Our front door after its facelift.

Our front door after its facelift.

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