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Front Door Makeover – Ideas To Trick Out Your Entry

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May 4, 2016 3 Comments

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about wanting to change my front door, (you can read that post HERE). The problem was I couldn’t make a decision about the door color, and then life stepped in, and I moved on. Well, I have finally decided….kinda.

What I know for sure is that I can get the expensive look I want without killing my husband. By that I mean, I won’t have to show him receipts with large amounts followed by a frantic 911 call.  Or have him hovering over my shoulder while I junk asking stupid questions like, “what in the hell are you going to do with that?”.  This would also put him in grave danger of demise.

But while I was procrastinating about the color…….uh, giving my creative genius time to do whatever it does. I did come up with, or at least I found some beautiful but cheapo front door decor hacks and ideas.

Listen To Your Inner Diva

The most popular colors for a front door are; White, Red, Blue, Green, Brown and Burgundy.   Now if you’re looking to sell your house I would say all of those would be safe bets, but where’s the fun in that!

There’s a whole world of color out there! A bold color in contrast with your brick or siding makes an impact.   You can find inspiration in your front garden; a flower, pot, or yard art.  Or you could buy paint samples. If you still can’t decide, do the responsible thing, close your eyes and point to one.  You should definitely consider painting your front door a new color; it’s the cheapest fix if you’re jonesing for a fresh new look.

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Another Great Chance to Accessorize

I am not ashamed to tell you that I have a touch of Goth in me. In my decor, it comes out in wrought iron pieces.  I just love them, especially on doors. Let’s call it Door Art.

Wrought iron is an easy update to a glass panel in your front door, and those pieces can be found cheaply at garage sales, Facebook sale pages, junk shows and Hobby Lobby if you use your 40% off coupon.

Take proper measurements, and you might have to add some trim to make it fit, but the look remains the same as those $2,000 front doors. Same goes with your screen doors!  Just add a little wooden decorative trim!  I have seen some great pieces at Michaels that would add tons of Farm Charm to an ordinary screen door.

Front Door Magic

And what about door plates and door knockers?  Well, those can require a little more creativity on your part.  I love my door pull, but it needs to be updated from the current shiny silver to a classy flat black, enter Rustoleum.

And, if you think about it, anything that will fit and have a hole drilled into it can be a door plate.  If your knob is in the center of the door, a ceiling medallion would be gorgeous!  Use a piece of ceiling tin that’s been cut down and trimmed or a small oblong silver tray.  Even a Chevy car emblem.  You can find vintage door plates just about anywhere you go junkin, especially at shows. Pick one you like, you won’t regret it!

More Front Door Magic

I love a good door knocker; there’s just something cool about them. And again, this is a simple get. If you can mount it, it will work.  Be creative!  Use a decorative towel ring, a suitcase handle or a vintage drawer pull.  Anything that can be attached to a small hinge can become a door knocker; horseshoes, stirrups, shovel handles, or large letters. Not into door knockers?  What about Door Jewelry? Something to set off your front door.  You can turn anything into door jewelry; a crystal knob, an iron monogram, a horseshoe or house numbers. Also, a vinyl message or decorative architectural pieces and wooden furniture appliques.

What Your Front Door Would Say If….

Tricking out your front door not only makes you happy, it also gives your visitors an idea with whom they’re fixin to meet.  A gorgeous furniture applique and a Mercedes emblem say classy, stylish people live here. A horseshoe door knocker and the words, “howdy” painted on the door says down home welcoming folks.  But, a farm sickle door knocker trimmed with bullet casings and a door pull made from a sawed-off shotgun barrel says, you don’t want to mess with me so think carefully before you ring the bell.  You can’t generate that level of fear from a plain old “No Solicitation” sign.

Your front door is your first chance to make an impression so you might as well show them your true colors.  Unless you just want to reel them into an unsuspecting doom like the witch who lived in the Gingerbread House.  That’s how Hanzel & Gretel got into trouble; the front door was a liar!  That’s the moral I got from that tale anyway.

Wanna guess my new color? What’s your favorite front door color?

Happy Decorating!




  1. Reply

    Kelly T.

    April 2, 2017

    Your new color is probably grey or black. Mine is called lime Passion. New color for my new door.

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      April 5, 2017

      Lime Passion sounds exciting!!! But no, neither black nor grey. Didn’t even think about black…..hmmmm.

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