Thursday, April 14, 2011

Curb Appeal: Front Door Makeover

When we bought our house, it kind of looked like a big grey box. See:


However, I felt that it had so much potential to be a cute, warm, cottage. Lately, we have been so focused on the inside (oh yeah, and having a baby!), that the outside has not gotten much attention.. But with the warmer weather, I have been looking for any reason to be outside. And working on outside projects seems to be the perfect excuse.
We started our outside makeover by adding black shutters, several months ago. The front door, the first thing you notice when you enter our house, was not setting the mood that I wanted to resonate through the rest of the house. And as much as I liked our screen door, it felt a little, blah. So the front door got a quick, but bright makeover this past week.

Before:
  
After:

A bigger picture:

 The window box got some spring love too:

 Verbena:


There is still so much I would like to do with the porch and flower beds. But I'm excited to be making a little progress! 

33 comments:

Kim said...

Love Love Love Caroline!!! Grey and yellow are one of my favorite color combos! Love how the door pops and highlight those adorable windows that frame the door.
Hope you are getting some sleep momma!

Caroline said...

Cute! I love bright doors. I have a big thing for plum doors and red doors, but finding the perfect shade is so tricky!

Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse said...

Oooo, you mentioned this in a comment on my blog. So excited to see photos. I LOVE the yellow door. So bright and cheery & it looks perfect with the grey. Jealous.

Cate @ Liberal Simplicity said...

I LOVE the yellow door! So pretty. The verbena is great, too. I might need to plant some at my house.

the girl in the red shoes said...

I LOVE the yellow door! It really brings your whole house to life! And the shutters and window boxes are a favorite too...looks great!

LindsB said...

Love the yellow- its so fun and welcoming!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks awesome!!!! and i am so happy to see it because i just bought yellow paint for my front door! and we have a pale gray and white home with black shutters!!! i am just waiting for it to stay warm for a few days so i can tckle it. :) awesome!

Adriana said...

Gorgeous! I've been dying to paint our door red, I hope when we do it looks as great as yours. Good job!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I LOVE the yellow! How fun and springy!

Jane said...

What a charming house! It has so much potential...and you've already begun. Love the bright door!!! (My husband won't let me paint ours...but that's ok. He lets me go crazy elsewhere. He even puts up with my funky bottle tree on the lanai!)

Thank you for stopping by Artfully Graced. Your comments are sweet...and it gave me the opportunity to meet you. Love Athens (I went to Mercer in Macon...YEARS ago!)
Hope to see you again soon...
Jane

Willo said...

Do you like your roof? We have to replace soon and are thinking about metal. The yellow door is perfect.

SHERRY HART said...

I am loving that yellow door...such a pop of color and really gives some curb appeal :)

Julie said...

your door is the cutest thing in the world. I'm loving it!!

Stephanie said...

Love it! The yellow is beautiful!

Sara {Sara's Closet} said...

Great color choice. Loven' the yellow!

mary said...

Go Yellow! Wait, I am also obsessing over the window box! How sweet and inviting! I also have a gray house...with a plain white door, and have been collecting yellow door photos for months! Perhaps you will be my inspiration one day! xox!

Amy @ Flowery Fashion said...

I love, love, love the yellow door! Great choice!!!

Hannah Jacklyn said...

love the bright pop of yellow on the door- I keep wanting to incorporate bright yellow accents in my home but then get too nervous and "safe".

Also, I am always amazed what a difference a couple cheerful flowers can make. I made a resolution to always have fresh flowers (either potted or cut) in my apartment. I don't have an outside window box, but there is always something blooming either in my kitchen or my entrance way. :)

Hilary @ My So-Called Home said...

What a cheery and fun color, it looks fantastic next to the gray. I am impressed that you are already tackling home improvements so soon after the baby's birth- great job.

A Pearl In The Making said...

What a happy color. The screen door is also lovely.

the cinnamon post said...

hello yellow! love it.

elizabeth said...

I LOVE your house! I grew up in an old house and my first home was old, but I live in a newer home now. I miss the charm of an old house! The yellow and gray look great together and the urns are really cute. My house is gray, too and I've been planning on doing an orange door, but your pics definitely have me thinking about yellow!

DecorandtheDog said...

Thanks for your nice comments on our blog!

I LOVE your yellow door!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

yellow door-AMAZING. I am loving yellow right now and it looks great with the house. so great.

kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Wow, that IS a bright makeover! I love it! I wish I could be this bold with color. Your window box is beautiful, too.

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Love the yellow door!! It's perfect! Stopping by from TT&J

michelle said...

Love the yellow door!!! I have been really attracted to yellow lately especially with the gray. Your windows look so pretty too, I can't wait to start planting. :)

Beach Vintage.com said...

I love your house and I love grey.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh it is looking so good! Love the flowers. They are so colorful and pretty.

Cassie said...

The yellow door is fantastic!

Bromeliad said...

What a different a spot of yellow can make.

Raw.Potatoes said...

((newest follower))
Though I adore the screen door, I love how the yellow pops and just looks happy!
btw-Good luck when the garden.

-Becky

Jacqueline said...

I love the yellow door! I always find it hard to pick the right yellow, but you did! What brand of paint did you use?