One of the things that is personally important to me as a homeowner is curb appeal. If you ask my family, they would probably say that it borders on being an obsession. I love it when my yard is freshly mowed, mulch is neatly laid and the front porch is fluffed. All of those factors contribute to curb appeal but the most important thing, in my opinion, is the front door. Just ask yourself…when you are walking or driving down a street, as you pass the houses, where does your eye go first? Mine goes straight for the front door and I bet yours does too. These 5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Front Door are guaranteed to impress your guests…and you will love them too.
1. Update your door color.
I’ve said this before but it is worth repeating…nothing gives you more bang for your buck than paint. One quart is all it takes to paint a door. It’s definitely something that can be done in a day and it can change the entire appearance of your porch. Choose a color that you love or be bold and choose something out of your comfort zone. When you choose a color just a little out of the ordinary, it will definitely up your curb appeal factor. Don’t be afraid because even if you make a mistake, it’s an easy fix. After all, it’s only paint. (Color of my front door is Naval by Sherwin Williams.)
2. Add trim around your door.
When we bought this house, it had double front doors that had seen better days. They were inefficient and unattractive. As soon as I could, I replaced those doors with the one I have now. It was purchased at a local Home Depot that is no longer in business. Their team installed it, but no trim work was included in the deal. I tried to live with it but after a few years I hired my own carpenter and had some molding added all around the door. I roughly drew it out for him and he made it happen.
3. Add pots with greenery.
Unless you have the tiniest of porches, I would bet that you have room for at least one or two pots by your front door. They don’t have to be big or expensive. Basic terra cotta pots from a discount store will do the trick. I had these black planters (aff. link) on my porch for years and just switched to galvanized wash tubs last fall.
Many times I opt for plain greenery with no blooms. Plants such as ferns or ivy are so easy to care for and even if you forget about them for days, they seem to survive. If you have a sunny porch, it’s easy to customize your planters with a fun combo of annuals. My favorites right now are coleus and sweet potato vine.
4. Update house numbers, mailbox, door hardware and lights.
5. Replace your doormat and wreath.
I adore doormats…almost as much as I adore wreaths! I change both of these things out a few times a year. Even if you have a covered porch like I do, doormats get dirty and they fade. Starting a new season with a fresh and clean doormat, along with a charming wreath, can totally breathe new life into a tired door.
The one thing we have not done but I would LOVE to do is refurbish the concrete porch floor in some way. I can’t see us tearing off the whole thing but it could use some sort of face lift. That’s on my list!
I have my spring front porch planned and thought out…I just need some warm weather to get it all together. I made a DIY Spring Wreath Door Basket but that’s it so far. Stay tuned for more ideas and inspiration.
Thank you for stopping by…I’ll be back on Friday with our family recipe for Baked Spaghetti. I’m wrapping up my Sunday Supper series and will round them all up for you very soon.