Front Door Facelift
Make a great first impression with a grand entrance. All you need to do is change that old front door of yours! Sometimes you may be able to get away with just a little new paint and molding instead of replacing the entire door. Either way, it’s time to spruce things up for curb appeal! A front entrance can set the tone for the entire house, so make sure your door has the style you want to portray. These tips can get you started on the right track.
Assess Your Door First
Before you start ripping out molding or running to the big box home improvement store to buy a brand new door, step back and look at what you have now. That’s right. Literally leave your house and step back from the front door to see it with fresh eyes.
What’s the first thing you notice? Is your eye drawn to a scrape on the door or a blemish in the painted surface? Is the molding around the door intact? Are there noticeable gaps around the door? How does its color make you feel? Does the door design work well with your home’s architectural style?
Now, take a photo of the entrance of your home and take a closer look. (You can go inside for this.) Make a list of the things you want to change about your door. Then, you can move on to fixing it up.
Suppose you like the door you have. Maybe it’s a beautiful old door. Or, maybe you just don’t want to spend the money to buy a new door. Here are some quick fixes for common problems.
Clouded or discolored glass – Old front doors with glass panels can be beautiful for a long time. If the glass looks old and discolored, it’s easy and inexpensive to replace it and create a brighter front entrance.
Old Hardware – Whether your hardware is functional but unattractive or doesn’t work anymore, you can dress up your door with a new doorknob and hinges.
Dents in Wood Doors – If the outside of your wood door is dented or deeply scuffed, you can use sand-and-sealer and/or spackling, followed by a fresh coat of paint to give it a totally new look.
Nicked, Chipped or Missing Molding – New molding can make an old front door look newer. The kind you need for the outside is called “brick molding,” although it is never made of brick. It’s inexpensive and easy to install.
If after assessing your front door you find that you can’t live with the current door under any circumstances, then it’s time to choose a new one.
The design of the door should be compatible with the architectural style of your house. You can choose a door that fits with the character of the people who live inside as well. Think about whether you want a door with glass panels, how wide you want the door to be, and what material best suits your needs.
Choose a color that looks good with your house, not just in the home improvement store. Ask for a matching paint chip to take home for comparison. Remember that you don’t want people to notice just the front door and not the rest of the house, so it’s better to opt for a moderate color than a dazzling one in most cases.
One more choice you need to make depends on how well your door jamb is holding up. If it’s crumbling or rotted, you’ll need to buy a pre-hung door already mounted on its own door jamb. If your jamb is in good condition, you can buy just the door.
When you’ve completely renovated your door to suit your needs and tastes, your home will look more attractive to buyers should you decide to sell it. It will greet guests in a more friendly way. Best of all, it will welcome you home each time you arrive. What could be better than that?