Want a quick makeover?
Well, so did we when we decided to paint our front door, but it turned out to be a lot more time-consuming than we had imagined and we ended up embarking on a full-on Edwardian front door restoration.
This is our Edwardian front door before.
As you can see, the paint was chipped all over and the brass effect fittings had seen better days.
We started by removing all of the redundant door furniture. We were planning on replacing it anyway, but there were loads of bits and pieces attached to the door that weren’t even in use like old escutcheon that had been painted over, redundant wires from an old alarm system and locks that weren’t useable.
We also weren’t keen on the faux brass finish of the hardware and decided to go for a contemporary stainless steel finish on all of the new door furniture.
Like all of the other woodwork throughout the house, the door had been painted so many times, that we had no choice but to completely strip back the door to the original wood.
To start with, I removed all the paint with the help of a heat gun, then filled the cracks and holes with filler and finally sanded the door and frame.
It took forever. There is a lot of detail in the woodwork and sanding the curves and other details was very time-consuming. (As always, remember that old paint can contain lead, so be careful and use the necessary protective wear.)
And this is what it looked like after hours and hours of stripping and sanding.
When choosing the paint and colour we, initially looked at greys and green greys but decided that this might be a bit dreary and unwelcoming.
To get a better idea of what front door colours would work and suit the house, we had a wander around our area to look at similar properties and get some ideas. We knew that we wanted something that was fun and friendly and eventually decided on a red door. As with all other woodwork we chose an eggshell finish that is easy to keep clean but still matt enough to feel contemporary.
And this is the door now!
The colour didn’t quite turn out as imagined. It’s Rectory Red by Farrow & Ball but it’s a lot pinker than we had expected – maybe we should have bought a tester!
We love the contemporary stainless steel letterbox and other door front door hardware. All in all, I’d say that the front door makeover was a success.
As you can see, we have been sneaky and have updated the glass panel in the door.
You’ll just have to come back another time to see the full results! What do you think of the colour and our hardware choice?