My front door looked terrible. There are no if's, and's, or but's about it. There was a gap at the bottom because the door sweep had fallen off (it was stapled to the bottom of the door), the handle was brass and ugly, I'm pretty sure it had been kicked-in previously, the peep hole was painted over, and the threshold was cracked - it was bad. So I wandered over to Lowe's to get a quote for a new door (and apparently sidelights) and I just about fell off my seat when they told me - $1200!!!!! WHHHAAATT???? I decided that I'll go ahead and fix it as best as I can myself.
I started by changing out the locks and handle with a Kwikset entry door set, which can be found here. I decided to go with a satin nickel finish (even though I will have oil rubbed bronze in the rest of the house) simply because I wanted the hardware on my black door to pop.
Next, I added some satin nickel house numbers, which I think take the door to the next level.
I took some sand paper and rubbed the paint off of my peep hole. Although sand paper probably isn't best to use on finished metal, I am OK with the brass finish lightening up to look more like the satin nickel hardware.
I am probably most excited about the new door sweep, which required the door to be taken off the hinges and screwed onto the bottom of the door. It closed the 1/2" gap between the threshold and the door bottom, which will make the house more energy efficient and help keep the bugs out!
Unfortunately, I am unable to replace the cracked threshold without removing the entire unit (sidelights and all). This is just above and beyond my DIY capabilities, so it will be something I will have to live with.
I've been moved in for about a month now, so I figure it's about time that I update the blog again. This weekend's project wasn't a planned one. Brian and I went all over town today just looking for random stuff (nothing in particular), and we ended up back at Lowe's where we stocked up on plants for my front and back porch. Needless to say, I went from a bland entry to a colorful, cheerful, and inviting entrance to my new home!
UPDATE: We had to move around my hanging baskets and move one into a pot because they weren't getting enough sun. Here's the new look!
The deck has needed a power washing since I bought the house, however it was never a real priority. Even now, it doesn't top my to-do list, but since I am planning on actually moving in soon (eek!) I thought it would be nice to have it cleaned up. So today, Brian cut down a rotten tree next to my house (no pictures though), while I took care of the deck. Take a look at the before. Yikes.
... and during....
ahhh... and after. How relaxing! My deck looks brand new!
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.