Our Editor’s (Super Budget Friendly) $15 Front Door Makeover

I'm all about trying to fix up my home and doing it on a budget. After pouring nearly 60k into the major renovation of my first home (which took place from Aug-Nov of last year) I feel a little resentful anytime I have to break out my wallet. We aren't done yet? Turns out, you're never done when it comes to upgrading your home. Especially if said home is over seventy years old. Because being a homeowner can be a budget buster, I was especially pleased to get this front door makeover in at just $15.

But anytime I can make a major difference and spend under $20 bucks? Nothing pleases me more. Here's how I was able to give my entry a big facelift; a front makeover on a budget. It was only $15!

The $15 Budget Front Door Make Over

It was actually a pretty easy fix. Here is the before.

front of house

I started (with the help of my boyfriend and awesome little bro) by taking down the old, barred, screen door. We took out all of the screws, gave a few firm, good tugs and it came free.

Then I painted and primed the door. Luckily for me, I have SEVERAL (think 10+) pots of test paint in the basement. I'm a big stickler for testing color out on the walls before you paint. Suffice to say, I have a lot of test pots of paint, one of which was a nice light gray.

How I Managed the Front Door Makeover for Less Than a Can of Paint

So what did I spend $15 on? New roller covers for my “mini” roller (for cabinets and doors) and the caulk. I had caulk for bathrooms, but none for trim. Also, if you don't have one already, you'll want to invest in a 2″ angled paintbrush. Gets the cracks and edges way better than just a regular, non-angled brush.

Since the door was poop brown before, I did two coats of primer and FOUR coats of the Benjamin Moore Cashmere Gray. I'm really stoked about the result, and can't wait to paint the shutters to match!
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Here's a juxtaposed before/after. What do you think?

front door makeover

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  • Addison @ Cashville Skyline
    June 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    What a difference! It actually looks a lot like my front door, which reminds me, I should really give it a good scrub 🙂

  • Michelle
    June 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I LOVE the new look on the blog! And, your door looks fantastic.

  • Debs @ debtdebs.com
    June 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Ya, it looks really good. I wasn’t sure at first when I saw the closeup but with the two pics side-by-side you really can see that it’s much better! Good job!

  • Mike
    June 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I like it! The new look is much brighter and more welcoming.

  • The Stoic
    June 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Very nice. Much more inviting and I agree with what Naomi said about the shutters, it will look great!

  • Naomi @ Rising Net Worth
    June 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Looks great! Your home looks so nice and cozy. The face of the house is really going to “pop” once you get the shutters painted to match, I think It’ll really make the beautiful brick stand out. I can’t wait until we are home owners I love the thought of doing these little reno projects. Until then we’re still team #RenterLife

    • Lauren Bowling
      June 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      That’s what I thought too- I thought the gray would really look nice against the brick, especially paired with the stone mountain stone. Don’t be so eager to give up the renter life, it definitely has its advantages: grass is greener and all that. But I do love being able to make these updates as I see fit. Thanks for commenting!

  • Matt
    June 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Looks AWESOME 🙂

    • Lauren Bowling
      June 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      I couldn’t have done it without my trusty caulker/window scraper 🙂

  • Nicola
    June 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Ooh it’s lovely – much brighter 🙂 well done you!

    • Lauren Bowling
      June 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks! Sometimes a little tweaking is all you need.