Easy DIY: Make Your Front Door More Inviting
Depending on the type of door you have, repainting or staining and refinishing it is a simple upgrade that can really make a huge difference—and you’ll only spend $20 to $50 in the process.
“Colorwise, it’s O.K. to choose something interesting to draw the eye to the entrance, but don’t go crazy with fuchsia or hunter orange,” Wilson says. “Whenever somebody needs advice on choosing a paint color, I tell them to use the color wheel they learned in third grade.” For instance, if your home is brick red, a complementary color would be a bluish gray door or a golden hue, suggests Wilson.
If you really want to go all out, you can install a brass kick plate (about $30) and new latch hardware (from about $50)—and still stay within a reasonable budget.
Total DIY time: Up to 3.5 hours, with 1 hour of prep, 1 hour for priming and painting, ½ hour to install the kick plate, and 1 hour to install the latch hardware.
Price: $30 to $200, depending on whether you add hardware.