5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door

Take Charge on 03.27.13
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I love projects that create a big impact from a little work, and each of these ideas for your front door will do just that. You can improve your house’s curb appeal in just five minutes, or spend an entire weekend creating a more inviting entry for guests. Need more motivation to take on your front door? Think of the smile your finished product will bring to your face every time you return home.

1. Hang a wreath.

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Buy a wreath you love in seasonal colors and you can update your home’s look in five minutes flat. Or, get your creative juices flowing and make a wreath that reflects your personal style. Walk the aisles of your local craft store or peruse Pinterest for inspiration.

2. Paint the door.

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Warning: this is one of those projects that looks easier than it is, especially if you don’t have a screen or other secondary door to protect your entry while the paint dries. For best results, you’ll want to take the door off the hinges and lay it flat while you paint and let the project dry. While this will take more time than hanging a wreath, the wow effect is worth the effort. Check out this tutorial for more details on how to paint a door.

3. Add custom house numbers.

house numbers
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This is a fun way to express your creativity and pull your home’s “look” together. Are you going for a comfy country feel? Paint your address numbers on a weathered board that coordinates with your shutters. For a more eclectic feel, shop around for colorful tiles (or paint your own!).

4. Pot a plant.

potted plants
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I’m convinced that nature is good for the soul, and adding a natural element to your threshold is sure to bring a smile to the face of all who enter. Consider painting a large pot in a color that coordinates with your front door, or search thrift shops and garage sales for objects that can be converted into planters.

5. Update the hardware.

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You can paint your existing hardware or swap them out. Door knockers, door knobs, and light fixtures can be replaced easily, completely changing the feel of your entryway. Hardware stores are great places to find something shiny and modern, or you can seek out vintage pieces at your local Habitat for Humanity Restore.

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