The Outdoor Series – Shut The Door

Well it’s more like “get rid of the door”!!!  This is the door that came with our home.  Gee lucky us….burgundy screen door and all.  YAY!!!  NOT!!!  It just didn’t go with the wood door at all.  I’m not knocking burgundy screen doors if that is what you have. 😉  But this one had to go.  Let’s just see how in bad shape this door really was before I show you the new pretty door.  OK, from a distance, the door just looks like it needed to be sanded, stained & sealed.
You can see the screen door color better in this picture.  If you look close at the sidelight panels of the door, you can see that the previous owners did not take care of the door at all from the outside for probably close to 25 years that they owned the house.  Thanks again for that.  :(   We thought about sanding and staining it or even just painting it white, but this door was in really bad shape.  Scratches, cracks & all!!!
This is the view from the inside.  We hated how dark the wood was because it just made it dark in this area.  We don’t have a Foyer really, since this is a High Ranch, so we needed to do something about this.
Plus the type of glass that was there didn’t give us good privacy.  You can see in this closer picture that you can see right to the street in the center, which meant people could see right in when they came to the door.  So something had to change.
Here you can see some of the scratches that the dogs made.  I guess they really wanted out of this house.  There was also a large crack in the wood {sorry I don’t have a picture of that}.  You could see light through this crack.  So the heat was literally going right out the down.
This is what the outside of the door looked like.  Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the door still on it’s hinges.  But you can see from this picture that the outside of the door really was weathered over the years.  I guess they didn’t always have a screen door on the front door to protect it.
So we saved our pennies up and we finally got a new door.  We ordered this door from Unified {NY}. It was a reasonable price and they installed it for us.  Oh so much better now.
Now if we could just get a new steps & railings.
They put all the white trim molding on the outside.  It’s basically a thin metal material that they form and case over the brown wood molding that was already there.
We love the style we chose on the glass.  You can hardly see through this glass now.  So we have more privacy.  The reason we picked a white door {because I’m sure some of you might be thinking “why go with a white door when your house is light gray”} is because we want to one day change the siding on the house to a dark blue or even a darker gray.
Here is the door from the inside.  See how frosted this glass is.  You can see a little bit through the center design, but that is it.  Much harder to see into the house now.  We likey!!!

These are the sidelights.
Now we just have to paint the inside trim white.  One little detail that was overlooked when we ordered the door.  We thought they supplied the inside trim.  So we are just going to paint it white.  We still haven’t painted this trim and it’s a year later.  Embarrassing!!!  Really have to finish that project.  I hate how it looks.  I’m even thinking about painting the spindles on the banister white to lighten things up even more.  But shhhhh, don’t tell the hubby I’m thinking that. 😉
So let’s take one more look at the before & after.

Now let’s talk about some of my inspiration for the new siding and the look that I would love to have for the house.  I think it would give the house great curb appeal.
Pacific Blue is the color on this house.  With the white trim & the dark gray roof.  Love!!!  {wish this was my house, I love all the peaks}
This is a close up of the Pacific Blue siding.
We would do our shed in the same siding as the house and we already have a white door on the shed.  We might add a window to the shed before we do the siding or at the same time.  We will see.  The shed also has the darker gray roof on it, so we wouldn’t have to change the roof color.
{I wish our shed was this cute}

Our shed.

I colored this house using this website.  You can even pay to upload your own picture and paint your own home and see what colors work for you.

I like the Boothbay Blue & Evening Blue from these color choices.

In this set of colors I like the Light Gray, Wedgewood, Yoder Blue, & Dark Gray.

Here is a darker gray house, but it doesn’t have a white door, but you get the idea.

We could go either way with our decision of siding.  We will see.  I think I would have to use a website to upload my house picture and see how it would look with the darker colors and white trim.  Time will tell.

Now let’s take a look at our old mailbox.  Sad, sad little mailbox she was.  We had to make some changes.  Yup as you can see, it was only held on with a bungee cord.  It still cracks me up when I look at this picture.  But this mailbox was just not our style, so we bought a new one.

We bought this either at Lowe’s or Home Depot, sorry I don’t remember which place, because we used to live in both stores when we first bought the house.  This replacement was one of the first things we did before we even moved into the house.

Much nicer!!!


Here are all the other Outdoor Series posts from the start: post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7.

The next Outdoor Series post will be the Big Reveal.  Please stop back and check out what we did to our front & back yard.  It really changed the whole look of our property.

 Has anyone else replaced their front door?  Do you have a screen door?  Hate them or love them?  Let’s here the details.

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a great day! I would love to hear your comments, so please leave one if you want. I love sharing and inspiring others, but I also love feed back and sharing of others ideas and thoughts. :)


  1. says

    From reading your posts, I'd almost think our previous owners were relatives of your home's owners. Oh, and we still haven't painted the inside of the door trim too – though they did replace it. (wish they kept the original actually). I'd love to see what you have done with your dining room area. We have the same layout (basically same house although in the 1980s style), and I'm never happy with mine. I do love the curved island you have.. may have to do that when we do our kitchen remodel!

  2. says

    Good decision on the white door! I think the white one is more appealing and polished than the wood door. And with regards to the sidings, I think the dark blue siding will be apt for the color scheme of your home. For one, it will complement the color of the roof, and the dark color would make your house look classier and refined.

  3. says

    In my opinion, wood is a very good material for a home. But if it doesn’t fit the overall look of the house, might as well replace it with a new one! And I think your new white door is a perfect match for your home design. The color and the style of the door go well with the exterior and interior.

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