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Front Door Mini-Makeover {Plans & a Mockup}

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I love decorating with a touch of drama.  That doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be bold, just something that catches your eye and makes a statement.  I try to add something interesting to every room in my home, which I think is why my front door has always bothered me.  It’s rather….well…plain!  Years ago when the house was painted, the door was painted to match the trim.  Simple?  Yes.  But interesting? No.  See what I mean?!

TIDBITS-&-TWINE-Front-Door-BEFORE

 

So, it’s time for the front door to get a mini-makeover.  To start, it needs a fresh coat of paint.  I’ve thought about using a beautiful color but truthfully, I want something that is a bit more timeless and classic in keeping with the rest of my home’s exterior and so I’ve decided to go with classic black.  I love how a black door makes a statement without overpowering the space.

Black Front Door with Lanterns

 

I think black doors are particularly stunning when they tie in with the trim or other accents on the house.

{via For the Love of a House}
{via For the Love of a House}

 

My home, however, doesn’t have shutters and I can’t afford to paint any other part of the house at this time, so the black door will be standalone, much like these:

{via Blink of My Eye}
{via Blink of My Eye}
{via Pinterest}
{via Pinterest}

 

While oil rubbed bronze hardware doesn’t really show up on a black door {and truthfully, brass on a black door is my favorite}, I’m not currently in a position where I want to change it or paint it, so I’m going to leave it as-is and live with the look for a while.  I do think that our plain paneled door needs a bit more detail, though, and so plan to add a door knocker and some house numbers.

 

One of my favorite door knockers is actually on Etsy, but I’m not sure about the color and I don’t know that I want to spray it to match my existing door hardware.  What I love about this brass beauty, though, is that it features a classic lion head design but is framed in a beautifully detailed oval shape.

{via JoeBlake on Etsy}
{via JoeBlake on Etsy}

 

Instead, I might just go with a simple design like this one from Lowes.

{via Lowes}
{via Lowes}

 

 

Given that I live in a tract home and all of the houses on my street look the same, people sometimes get confused and show up at the wrong house {even though there are house numbers on the mailbox}.  So, I thought adding the house number to the front door might clear things up a bit!  I don’t really want to add anything three dimensional and so am looking instead at some vinyl decals like this one from Etsy.

{via Welcoming Walls on Etsy}
{via Welcoming Walls on Etsy}

 

 

Just to make sure I’d like the look before I start painting, I did a little mockup in Photoshop.  {Please forgive the appearance – I really only know the basics in Photoshop and so did my best!}  As you can see, I changed the door to black, added a knocker, and added some vinyl house numbers.  I might also paint my existing planter and move it from the far side of the porch to be near the door and help tie the look together.  It looks better already!

TIDBITS-&-TWINE-Front-Door-SAMPLE-MOCKUP

 

Provided that the weather holds and that the kids are occupied, this is what I’ll be doing this weekend!  Somehow, I think Photoshopping it will be easier than actually painting it, but I’m going to give it my best.  :)

 

Tidbits&Twine - Signature
 
 
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