Home improvement doesn't have to cost a ton! Try these ideas to update your front door on a budget.
When it comes to curb appeal, your front door is so important. You want people to see your front door and feel welcomed.
That may not be the case with your door’s current appearance. Thankfully, you don’t have to invest in a brand new door.
5 Ways to Update your Front Door on a Budget
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Remove the Door From the Hinges
First things first. Remove the door from the hinges and place it on two sawhorses or something similar to get it up off the ground.
This will make it much easier to clean and paint or stain the door. You’ll want to start your projects early in the day because you will be without a front door for a few hours.
Clean the Wood and Hardware
Next, take the time to carefully clean the wood and hardware. If you plan on replacing the hardware, you can skip cleaning it. However, you can make the hardware look brand new with a good cleaning, so don’t be so quick to toss it out.
The best way to clean a wood door before updating it is to use a mixture of dish soap and warm water. Hardware can be soaked in a mixture of hot water and dish soap. You can then use a brush to scrub each piece clean.
Paint or Stain the Door
Next comes the fun part! Paint or stain your front door a color that works with the rest of your home’s exterior.
While white is often a good option, it can quickly show dirt. Black and other dark colors are great options since they work with almost anything and doesn’t show dirt as badly.
When it comes to wood stains, consider any other wood features of the exterior of your home and try to match the stain.
Redo the Hardware
You have a few options when it comes to updating your front door’s hardware. The first option is to simply use spray paint. You can find a huge variety of metal-finish spray paints, like the Oil-Rubbed Bronze I used on my floor registers.
Another option is called Rub n’ Buff Wax. You rub the product onto the hardware and then buff it off. It comes in a variety of colors and can be found in most craft stores.
Comparison Shop for New Hardware
If your hardware is old and rusty (or just ugly), take the time to comparison shop for new hardware. Start by going to a home improvement store and seeing which styles you like and which will work with your door.
You can then comparison shop for that exact model online. Chances are you’ll find a much better price online. It's worth a little time to compare prices!