When you grow weary of the current state of your home, the thought of making changes can evoke images of dollar signs. But it doesn’t have to. Sometimes giving your home a face-lift can be as simple as a front door makeover! Whether you want a few quick cosmetic fixes, like fresh paint or hardware, or to totally replace your entryway, there are endless ways to refresh your stoop without breaking the bank. Today, we talk with the experts at Central Woodwork to learn how to transform your door with new materials, new colors or a totally new design. Get your hard hat and tape measure ready—we’re getting down and dirty, DIY-style!
Small cosmetic fixes can do wonders for your front door. If you want a new look with minimal effort and cost, a good place to start is by changing the hardware and lighting. Get an instant update by replacing dated sconces with a modern, industrial pendant light or lantern. Or switch out your brass doorknob for a glass one to enjoy a more sophisticated edge. You can also add a new knocker or metal house numbers, or bring potted plants or doormats to your entryway. Start your search for outdoor lighting fixtures locally at places like Hermitage Lighting Gallery or Ferguson.
For a more dramatic transformation, go bold with your paint color or stain. Primary colors are making an appearance on front doors, even on traditional homes. You can paint your own door, but know that certain slabs require different types of paint. If your door is wood, you should use an exterior acrylic latex paint (which can be applied over an oil-based paint). You will first need to remove the door from its frame, place it on an even surface and remove all hardware. After sanding and priming it, paint the door with your choice of color in wide, even strokes. Because the paint needs to be shielded from the elements, you must apply a finish. Choose one that fits your style — matte, glossy or satin. If your door is fiberglass and textured, you can stain it to look like wood, if that’s the style you want. If your door is paint-grade fiberglass, it can be coated with oil or latex paint. If your door is steel, apply a rust-resistant, oil-based primer and paint.
For a totally different design, you can order a new door slab from Central Woodwork. They require that you measure the exact width and height of your door (without frame or weather strip) so that they can make a new one to fit seamlessly. Central Woodwork makes each door ready to be primed and painted. For additional customization, you can request a glass insert (the window on your door). The possibilities with inserts are truly endless, as Central Woodwork has access to countless variations of glass. You can also have an insert added to your preexisting door, if it is composed of steel or fiberglass. Inserts cannot be added to original wood doors.
It’s important to note that if your home is old, your front door may be an irregular size. In this case, if your original door is wood, you will most likely have to replace it with a wood door, which can be made to fit the irregular size. Many homeowners are curious about the energy conservation benefits of different types of doors. Wood is naturally an exceptional insulator, but it is prone to warping if it is exposed to lots of heat or moisture. If your front door is not covered, it’s recommended that you choose a fiberglass or steel door.
Central Woodwork has noticed popularity in craftsman-style doors, even if it doesn’t necessarily match the style of the house. Another rising trend is three-quarter glass doors, meaning the top three-fourths of the door is glass and the bottom quarter is panel. Many homeowners with this style of door choose a textured or reeded glass for privacy. You could also choose a paned look, which is popular on traditional and modern homes.
There are endless variations for a front door redesign. It’s important that you choose a color, material and design that suit your style and house. Don’t be afraid to boost up your decor. Plants, mats and ornamentation can add a totally new vibe to your entryway and serve as a great way to welcome friends and family into your home.
A special thanks to Central Woodwork for sharing their expertise with us today. For more information, check out their SB Guide Page.