My desi home...front door revamp

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Paying attention to my front door was neither on my radar or  in my decorating budget this year. Sometimes though an opportunity presents itself and well, you just go with the flow. A few neighbours down the street were changing up their front door glass inserts (with very ugly ornate peacock patterns or something - why do people do this?). My husband happened to be driving by and jumped out and ask the trades guy how much and what else he had in stock. R knows that I loathe overly ornate front doors - especially ones with animal themes. In fact if I could, I would just go with the solid black classic doors. Several BBM photos later and we had new glass inserts installed. R spent the weekend painting it all out and we got fresh black doors! I think they have jazzed up the front entrance not to mention, added way more light into the front hallway. Not bad for an impromptu and unplanned design decision.
 The before. Meh, nothing special here. Totally worn out looking and such an ugly sage green. It came with the house and we put up some 'wallpaper for windows' for privacy thanks to a Home Show conversion where HGTV star Peter Fallico told us to do it (I actually went up and asked him). Speaking of which, where is he nowadays? 

 New glass inserts in! Not bad I say, not bad at all. It was either this or some ornate lion motif. (I just shivered because I think my neighbours got that one). R taped and primed the doors with Benjamin Moore super duper exterior primer stuff.

The after! Painted with Benjamin Moore Onyx (Aura Exterior Paint in Semi-gloss). I think the black looks fantastic. Now we're not quite done as we have to paint out that white weather stripping all around the door. R claims we can't use the same paint...I think we can. Must consult a paint person because now we are at a standstill. But I like the black...makes my pink flowers look even better. I'm craving new door handles and a new exterior light fixture. Suggestions anyone? All images via me.


Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

It looks fantastic!!!

Adding the finishing touch said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, what a great transformation. I LOVE those doors and the paint colour!

Supal said... [Reply to comment]

wow this looks great and you have such a beautiful entrance!!

EJ @ Not A House, But A Home said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, the new doors look awesome! I really like the frosted pattern and that you went with black - it looks so sharp!

Amy Walters said... [Reply to comment]

I LOOOOOOOOVE your new door colour. Stately, stunning and so pretty. xo

Nette @ This Dusty House said... [Reply to comment]

I looks amazing! We need to paint our front door... For some reason, it's about the last thing I think about it terms of things to paint.

Tammy @paint_lady said... [Reply to comment]

It would be best to replace weather stripping to black but a quick fix u could paint with the same paint. Aura sticks to anything!

Luciane at said... [Reply to comment]

Insanely beautiful!!! :-)

I'm thinking of painting mine yellow.... Hello! Summer!!!

You have a beautiful blog.


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Pam @ Cherish Toronto said... [Reply to comment]

Love the new doors. There's only one chance to make a first impression, and these doors make it a good one!!

Designwali said... [Reply to comment]

@Tammy @paint_lady I didn't even know I could buy black weather stripping! thanks for the idea!

Melissa Blake said... [Reply to comment]

I'm new to your blog, but this door is beautiful! xoxo

Michelle @ AM Dolce Vita said... [Reply to comment]

Looking good! We changed our transom insert as well to get a more complete look.

Michelle @ Sweetsuite10 said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! That new door is stunning! Love the full glass, but that it's frosted. Great choice!

amy_sue said... [Reply to comment]

Love the change! We are just working up the guts to paint all of our windows and doors black.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Are the front doors steel? How did you cut out the larger opening? Any tips would help... this is a great idea to lighten up the foyer in my house. Love your blog...

charmaine said... [Reply to comment]

What a great transformation!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Can't wait to explore yours!

a Girl Called Kim said... [Reply to comment]

I love black doors! Yours looks great as it sort of makes the rest of the house pop as well! The sage before made everything a bit washed out.

Amelia @ House Pretty said... [Reply to comment]

It looks awesome! Painting our front door is definitely on my list this summer! Oh, and the peacocks and lions are making me laugh out loud... said... [Reply to comment]

KILLER!!!!! I am so wanting to do that now to mine! PS - I think a simple pendant light hanging down from the overhang would look lovely!

Stephanie Fazio (aka lealou) said... [Reply to comment]

These look amazing! I hate those ornate windows too! We have a similar door to your first pic only we had an ornate window and changed it out to just plain glass as soon as we moved in. Hoping for a really nice door system one day!

How2home said... [Reply to comment]

this is my first time visiting your blog and i can't wait to learn more about you and your projects! I think you've chosen a fantastic front door color and the cast iron on your door is great! Did you do that yourself or you've hired someone to do it and what's the design of the door called? We have cast iron detail for our door as well and cost a lot ;(

Lisa - A Room with A View said... [Reply to comment]

The new door will take the curb appeal of your house to another level - looks amazing. The flowers pop!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

OOOOH!!!! I love it!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said... [Reply to comment]

WHAT?? Amazing! LOVE it! And what a beautiful entryway you have Sundeep, the black looks gorgeous with the pink flowers, very very pretty!

jessica {creative index} said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE! Looks fantastic!

sharon said... [Reply to comment]

very glamorous! chateau chic.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said... [Reply to comment]

Looks lovely...very chic!

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Nice door very chic, fab for a impromptu revamp - London N

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Mary Martin said... [Reply to comment]

That was an elegant transformation. Black is one of the classiest colors, wherever it is used. It brought out the interesting details on the glass part of your door. Your old door doesn’t look so bad, but this is definitely a better replacement. Maybe you can add some spotlights near your door. That would leave a lasting impression on those who see it!

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bathroom renovation said... [Reply to comment]

The use of color, pattern and furniture style is the smartest part of the decor

Terry Arnold said... [Reply to comment]

Actually, giving my front door a facelift is always on the top of my list. I'm always on the look for the perfect front door. Maybe because it's one of the things people see before they enter your house. It can also say a lot about you and what they will be expecting inside your house. By the way, your new front door looks more appropriate and neat than the gray one.

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