A few steps taken while approaching the front door is long enough for your guests to get a pretty good idea of who you are and your lifestyle. What does your entry SAY to your guests? “Welcome, come in…” or “Oh NO, people are coming inside!” That first impression, standing for only a few minutes before the door is answered, is plenty of time to get a glimpse of you, as the Creative host, and your home’s Welcoming atmosphere. Or is it your Walk(way) of Shame? If so, your guest will feel that you are really not ready for them to visit. Have you ever walked up to a door, knocked and heard a child say, “Oh no! Someone is here, quick…”
(left) Inspiration photo from theDailyNest.com
A few strategically placed pops of color has big impact!
3 Simple Ways to freshen-up your porch or that walk-to-the-door-experience.
1. Clean entire Area thoroughly. Ceiling, walls, furniture, ground. Remove cobwebs, sweep or leaf-blow dirt and dust. Then wash down with water. If windows are in area wash them on the outside only (for now.)
2. Maintenance Repair, Repaint, Replace. This is huge in the Freshening Up process. Although not fun, think of it as the base of the pretty to come. Prioritize this step. If there is a safety issue do that first. How about steps, loose bricks or stones, lights or bulbs that need replacing. I was once shocked by a poorly wired doorbell and have seen a few too many doorbell buttons hanging off the wall. If you have a chair, bench or planter that needs paint or repair, do it now. Or maybe a trip to the trash. Look at that front door as you clean it. Does it need more than cleaning? Maybe a quick sanding and stain or paint is really what will make it say “Hello.” This is an opportunity to live bold and paint the front door a new color. Is the hardware so old it wiggles and the finish worn off?
3. Splash Color around to give good vibes about who lives inside the home. Add plants, colorful flowers, cushions, and a door wreath. Our yard is so shaded by trees that colorful decor & potted flowers are my only opportunity to brighten an otherwise green-on-green landscape. I chose the color orange this year to coordinate with my inside decor.
That’s it! Depending on how much repair needs to be done will determine the cost and how long your Freshening Up will take. Captain helped me repaint and stain the bench and bistro set back in October. I felt it had to be done before the rain hit
that was optimistic, since we are in a big drought here. That took a weekend, disassembling the bench, replacing 2 slates, staining and then trying to figure how to reassemble it. The bistro set was quick and easy. Rough sanding, spray painted with Valspar (Satin, La Fonda Copper for the juicy orange color.) I bought a $2.00 stencil and used black craft paint to paint numbers 5 & 17 on the backside of chairs. All wood got 2 coats of spray outdoor clear sealer. That was all in October. What I did last weekend took one sunny day, lots of cleaning and one trip to OSH for flowers. I forced myself to finish steps 1 & 2 before getting the flowers.
On the inside of door I put, later…
I saw the vinyl sticker door inspiration on Pinterest and had my sister cut me one using her Cricut.
What does your door say to guests?
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