I am thrilled with my new door and old style wood storm door.
Take a look!
Let us not forget what it looked like when I moved in...
And after the new door was installed:
I was so thrilled when the exterior door I picked out got installed. I chose the door and then had misgivings for 2 months while I waited for it to be put in - did I make the right choice of door lite style??
Here it is on Day 1 - unpainted and a 1x3 trim added to beef up the frame.
I love love love my new door handle!
Once it was in, I was certain I had chosen the right door. See how it repeats the rectangle of the windows and shutters? Perfect!!
I also replaced all the skirting boards on the house and got Home Depot to colour match the siding so I could make the skirting look less obtrusive. I painted the vinyl lattice as well, it looks so much better in the grey than in the white, did you know you could paint vinyl with Behr's paint & primer paint? My plan was to paint the deck board above the lattice in the siding colour and the railing in white but my tendinitis flared up so much that I had to pare back on all the painting jobs I had planned for this year.
My new landscaping is beginning to take shape. Next year will be the big year for the front yard landscape. Then I began the long job of painting everything - storm door, inside door, trim, etc, etc.
And with a little extra landscaping put in place:
And a little more porch decor
My curb appeal had stepped up a whole lot!
Now to finish up the inside of the front entry.
If you remember earlier this summer I spent a week tearing down the entry ceiling that had been leaking all winter. Now that the doors were in, I could finish that project and get the insulation and trim up over the door making sure everything was sealed up nicely.
I took the opportunity to give everything in the front entry a beautification and organization makeover.
New hook racks (Ikea) stacked one over the other give plenty of room for umbrellas, purses, jackets, whatever, to be hung neatly at the door. I can now have a mat at the door, something that was impossible with the old door since it had been installed at the same level as the floor (?!)
I spray painted the mirror frame and gave it some distressing. The console table was painted in the door colour with a white table top. It sure brightens up the space! Baskets hold mittens, hats and gloves (or flip flops in the summer).
That chalkboard is hiding my electrical panel. I removed the ceiling light to prevent any break in the thermal envelope I created in the ceiling and I haven't gotten my electrician to run wires to a new fixture that will be installed near the electrical panel. For now I have this cute blue table lamp found at the dump and an Ikea lamp hanging on the opposite wall that has a pull chain for easy on/off.
I used tea towels to line the wire baskets. I use them to store scarves, grocery bags, sports stuff and all the other paraphernalia I keep at my front door within easy reach.
The black vinyl baskets hold sandals, slippers and lightweight shoes (otherwise you would be overwhelmed with my ginormous shoe collection). I keep my little step stool in here now to give me a place to sit to put on boots and to help me to reach the top shelf. It's very versatile. I painted it to match the door.
Behind the door is the rest of the Martha Stewart closet organizer that I installed to give myself a bit of closet at the front door. I bought a pre-fab shelf to put over the top of the unit to give me even more storage space. See those white trays I'm using as boot trays? They're covers for the old style range tops! They have this icky flower pattern on the side that is supposed to show (they cover the burners) but flipped over they're the perfect size & no pattern.
A place for everything and everything in it's place!
I had hoped to replace the floor but I haven't found anything I like yet. A coming attraction!
Have a great week!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!