Micro Makeover: 3 Front-Door Makeovers That'll Give Your House Life
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression," Will Rogers famously once said. While you may be dedicated to perfecting every inch of your interior, curb appeal is the real moneymaker in your house. This simple doorway can make or break a potential buyer's impression (or your mother-in-law's opinion). The good news: You can easily tackle a front porch makeover in a weekend and spend as little as $300. All you need is a good lick of paint, killer hardware, and a couple of plants. Ready to give your front door a well-deserved makeover? Here are three ideas for all styles and budgets.
The traditional front door appeals to dwellers of manicured neighborhoods, where keeping up with the Joneses is as much a sport as Sunday golf. To impress the neighbors, give your door a slick coat of glossy black paint and flank your door with potted trees. Finish off the look with traditional lantern sconces and a monogrammed doormat (dog sold separately).
1. Rejuvenation Lion Door Knocker ($159)
2. Benjamin Moore Tulsa Twilight ($38)
3. Rejuvenation Please Ring Doorbell Button ($19)
4. E.F. Chapman Fresno Framed Short Sconce ($315)
5. Terrain Barnacle Water Jar Planter ($198)
6. Terrain Triple Stripe Doormat ($58)
Daring, casual, and modern, the Palm Springs look is perfect for warmer climates. The formula: a bubblegum-pink door and oversize agave plants. Add a dramatic flair with large polished chrome sconces and a quirky pineapple door knocker. Keep the look sleek and minimal yet vibrant. After all, blush pink is the color of the year.
1. One Kings Lane Pineapple Door Knocker ($69)
2. Benjamin Moore Bermuda Breeze ($38)
3. Rejuvenation West Slope Tall Doorbell Button ($29)
4. Rejuvenation Crockett Industrial Sconce ($325)
5. CB2 Cast Iron House Numbers ($16)
6. West Elm Half Ridged Planters ($79)
The Victorian house sits at the intersection between traditional and bold (think Notting Hill). While ornate in nature, Victorian homeowners love to adorn their front verandas with brightly colored doors, dramatically ornate hardware, and patterned ceramic tiles. Get the look by adding a patterned doormat to your front stoop, and finish the look with a sculptural topiary.
1. House of Antique Hardware Cast Iron Lift Style Surface Latch ($38)
2. Benjamin Moore True Blue Paint ($38)
3. Rejuvenation French-Style Blue Ceramic House Numbers ($19)
4. Terrain Lemon Cypress Triple Topiary ($75)
5. Rejuvenation Rollakan Doormat ($39)
6. Restoration Hardware Rosette Knob ($9)