Nothing has the impact potential of a great front door.
Case in point: this amazing one I spotted in San Francisco:
And this one.
And definitely this one.
Back on the home front, our front door needed some work.
I was tired at looking at the drab, dirty, white interior. Especially since I pass it 40-50 times a day.
We had also lost all of our front door keys, since we usually enter through the garage.
And the deadbolt had became difficult to lock and unlock.
A front door update and refresh was definitely in order.
I liked the front of the door. It was painted glossy black, had a nice handle and kick plate and I bought a vinyl transfer of letters/numbers off of Etsy to dress it up.
Repainting the Door
Since I like the classic look of black, and I have a lot of black in my entry way, I opted to paint the interior and sides of the door the same glossy black as the front.
We took the door off the hinges and I gave the backside and sides a coat of the same paint that was used to paint the front, which we had on hand.
I completely neglected to take pictures of this part of the process, which is just as well because the paint got a little gloppy in spots.
I’m the world’s most impatient painter and I did a couple of thick coats instead of multiple, thin coats, which would have worked much better.
When the paint was dry we put the door back up, and I decided if the paint job still bothered me after it had been up a while I would sand the thicker spots and repaint it. That hasn’t happened, so I must be okay with it. :)
Updating the Hardware
Because the handle and locks were going to have to be replaced, I used this opportunity to switch them from brass to brushed nickel.
I removed the kick plate and spray painted it in a brushed nickel metallic. A little light sanding was all that was needed before the paint was applied.
I stuck the screws into an old piece of floral foam to hold them in place while they were painted too.
When everything was dry, we reassembled it all.
I love the new hardware on the front. And the fact that we can easily lock and unlock it now. (Always a good feature in a front door.)
Not quite a new door, but it kind of feels like one.
Have you refreshed anything in your house lately? Do you make your family stand by while you take pictures of front doors on vacations?