Sprucing up your entryway. If your home is like ours, we have two entrances. The front door,

and the door near our driveway. The latter is used about 95% of the time by us and our friends.

Creating an inviting entrance for yourself is so important for falling in love with your home. Start sprucing up your entryway!

Think about it this way: How many times do you go in and out of your home through that one doorway? How many times do guests go in and out of that doorway? Do you follow me? So, it is you who should be welcomed home to your lovely home first and foremost!

This is what our family entrance looked like a few months ago:

How I lived with that ugly brown aluminum door for 3 years, I will never know. And let’s not even talk about that little red CPI security sticker!

Lucky for us, a neighbor sold us her full view storm door when they added a garage onto their home. Had they not, I probably would still be scouring the Habitat ReStore. Or at least I would have painted the old door to match the house or use a more inviting color than doo-doo brown.

After I installed the storm door, I made sure to repaint the threshold as well. What?! You can’t see behind “Doo Doo Brown” above, is this?

Niiiiiice. Gold threshold with silver metal showing through. Not exactly my favorite rustic look. The easiest way to repaint it would have been to remove the threshold and spray paint it in the yard on a tarp. But, those screws weren’t going to budge for me. So, I masked off the entire doorway…

…storm door, floor, and…

…the mudroom to spray paint  one piece of threshold brushed nickel. Okay, call me crazy, but I was on a mission to make my entryway more inviting for myself. And I wasn’t about to get brushed nickel on any other surfaces.

Much better, don’t you think? And I can honestly say that after using automotive primer and then the Rustoleum Brushed Nickel metallic paint, the threshold still looks like new!

But, I didn’t stop there. I added a kick plate in matching brushed nickel. And replaced the door sweep as well. And splurged on a new door mat. {Love my new mat!}

Finally, looking beyond the doorstep, I add some pumpkin topiaries, plants, wreath or other decorations (depending on the season) to greet you – errr, I mean me.

My good friend has this adorable planter near her side entrance (that she uses about 95% of the time, too.) It is the perfect place to switch out plants, or other decorations depending on the season.

So, that takes care of the exterior, but don’t neglect the inside! I added a new coat of paint to the inside of the door (that my sweet departed maniacal dog had left claw marks all over it.) I was so anxious to freshen it up, I didn’t even tape off the windows.

After the paint dried, I used a razor blade to score…

…and then scrape off the paint.

And as a final, welcome home, I hung my message center just inside the door.

I’m so happy to be home! And you should too so start by sprucing up your entryway.

So, what do you think? How does your home greet you? Does it welcome you with open arms or is it more of just a brief, “hi?”

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  1. Allison
    Allison says:

    Nice job. I really like the wreath. The dirt box – too funny!
    Dropping by from How To’s Day. Hope you’ll come see the informal picture wall How To I did for DD2.


  2. Dori Luke Designs
    Dori Luke Designs says:

    I love the purple door, how fun! I really can't stand our outdated door, and we have absoutely nothing in front, not even a door mat. Time to stop procrastinating and spruce it up!
    ~Heather @ dorilukedesigns.com

  3. Our Little Beehive
    Our Little Beehive says:

    I updated our doors this fall, but my paint definitely did not come off the glass as easily as your photo. I may have to try that one again. Also have "kick plate" on the depot list right now. Can't wait to put that in!

  4. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More
    Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    This is such a great post, for so many reasons. Love the brushed nickel. What a difference! But mainly, from a feng shui
    perspective it's really, really important to 'feel' good when you come home.
    I have to admit, right now, mine is more of a "Oh, no . . you're home!" But I'm working on it!

  5. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
    Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    Love the colors of your doors. They look great with your house color. I still need to decide on a new color for ours. I have a light red brick front. But it doesn't get much sun so I don't want to go too dark.

  6. Tatum @ Many Moments Of Me
    Tatum @ Many Moments Of Me says:

    Very very nice! To answer your question, my home isn't greeting me so well. I'll be working on it though. You've inspired me!

  7. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek
    Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says:

    That's my preferred way to paint windows! I really enjoy scraping off the paint. Weird, huh?

    Your entry looks great!

  8. Jessica @ Decor Adventures
    Jessica @ Decor Adventures says:

    You impress me more every day!

    Great paint color on the threshold, might have to try that one.

    I love that we wrote about the same thing today, well kind of 🙂

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