Updating the Entryway

I love my house. I mean, I really LOVE it. Before I go to bed every night, I think about all that I am grateful for and my house always makes the list.

With that said, nothing and nobody is perfect. I wish that our house had a more impressive entry way. I long for an entry table, a place to hang coats and display great art. But, there's no excuse for any entry, no matter how small, to lack in style. Here's an easy way to update your entry...

Check out my before and after:

I adore the final result. It makes the trim surrounding really pop. The best thing is I only spent $15 and about an hour to get this look.

This is very easy. First, lightly sand the door. This is absolutely necessary or else your paint won't stick very well. I used fine sandpaper. You just need to sand enough so that the paint isn't the least bit shiny anymore.

Second, tape around the door frame, hinges and door knob.You may remove the door but it's not necessary.

Third, ready to paint! I used Behr's Premium Plus Ultra Paint and Primer in One colormatched to Glidden's Onyx Black. I wanted to try this paint anyways and I figured since I was painting black over white, primer was necessary. This paint was great. It made the job very easy. The quart of paint was $15 and well worth every cent. I also strongly recommend this paint color. It's rich and velvety in color, with no red or green undertones (which is common in many black paints).

It took 2 coats for full coverage. I used a small brush to get into the crevices and a foam roller for the majority of the door.

I know a lot of people have these narrow windows on either side of their front door. While I enjoy the sunlight that shines through, the lack of privacy is a bit bothersome. We decided to hang sheer curtains (folded in half), so that light can still shine through but no one can see in. The sheer curtains work perfectly for us, as our dogs love to sit by our door staring out and we can pull the curtains back when we want the sun to shine in. Just an idea if someone was looking for an alternative to blinds or privacy film.

Hope everyone had a lovely Sunday. love, S


  1. I have been debating whether or not I should do this for my front door. I didn't know if it made a difference that all my other doors in the house are white.

    I think what you did looks fantastic!

  2. @Lola- All the other doors in our house are white too. I figured since our front door was larger, and a different design than the other doors, it was ok to paint:) You should go for it! It makes a huge difference in our entry.

  3. Looks great! It is amazing how one small change can make such a big difference in the space. I am also impressed with how you accomplished something on a snowy day - I always just want to bundle up and do nothing with snow outside!

  4. @misc.alaina-We've had SO many snowy days the past several months that I'm going stir crazy in our house. I had to do something to not die of boredom:)

  5. Great project! I am thinking about a black door too! It's gorgeous! xo

  6. I love it....I have been toying with the exact same idea but have not taken the leap. Your pics might have pushed me over the edge!

  7. Thanks Sarah and Jenny! I think you should do it. It's only paint, right? :) That's what I told my husband when he questioned it at least.

  8. Anonymous3/23/2010

    I love what you did with the front door! Wow! Where did you find your curtains at? They look like they got some fun little dots on them. :-)

  9. @Anonymous-Thank you:) The curtains are from BB&B. I got them for s teal on clearance. They are sheer with square polka dots and I folded them in half for more privacy.


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