Front Door Transformation

We moved into our forever home a few months back.  I want to start off by saying that I am in LOVE with the house and adore our new neighborhood.  It is a newer build, however, and while it is what we wanted, I find that it lacks a lot of the charm I swoon over.  Our previous house was built in 1910 and was dripping with character.  Every section of the house told a story about it’s history (good and bad) and it felt so warm and cozy.  I’ve been struggling to make our new home have the same feeling and since adding crown molding in every room is out of the budget right now, I thought a quick and easy way to start would be the front door.  Here is the before:IMG_3179

It’s nice, but kind of blah.  We needed some color on that door, but picking one out was agonizing.  I know, I know, first world problems.  I couldn’t decide between Benjamin Moore’s Wyeth blue or something in the navy family.  After many Pinterest searches and input from friends, we picked Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious.  I liked that it was nice and dark, but has a softness to it in the light.

I wanted to leave the interior portion of the door white so I taped the sides and door handle with FrogTape.  I do find that it leaves cleaner lines than the blue stuff and it did a good job for this project.  Just make sure you take the tape off immediately after you are done or you will be sorry.  I used a high quality hand held brush for the panels and then rolled out the long lines using a small foam roller.  There is a proper way to paint a door in order to look professional.  I followed Sarah’s tutorial over at The Ugly Duckling House.  Two coats did the trick.  Here is the door after Mysterious:IMG_3195

I adored the color, but it still needed something.  Enter the hubby.  He thought of getting a new door handle and I knew I wanted a kick plate.  We went with brushed nickel for both.  I’m sure I could have done at least the kick plate myself, but I’ve been banned from drilling.  He says I destroyed a wall, I can’t disagree :).  It’s still a work in progress and I have some cleaning to do (always), but here is the completed door.  I’m telling you, it’s all about the kick plate.  It makes such a dramatic difference!IMG_3231

Side by side:IMG_3232