Our Exterior Side Entry - Before and After

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Can you even believe that it's the middle of January?!?!?!? Sorry if I'm late to the party but Happy New Year and yay and let's make 20 resolutions together that we will try our best to keep but will probably forget about in three weeks' time.


We had a fabulous Christmas (we were all super duper spoiled by friends and family) and had a nice, quiet week afterward to relax and putter around the house with lots of coffee and the playing of toddler board games. I am very good at Operation, btw. Who would've thought!?! 

Before the holidays I was able to make the last few changes to our exterior side entry. I thought I would document it here today that I actually, for once in the last four years, finished a project from start to finish with the exception of a mailbox

In my original post in 2013 (cough, cough) I shared how our side entry was the royal pits and was in dire need of a makeover. 

Our Exterior Side Entry is the Royal Pits and Needs a Makeover

With a little bit of elbow grease (sanding, primer, paint) it was starting to look a tad better.

We had a bit of trouble finding a light fixture that would still leave clearance for an outward swinging storm or screen door if we decided to replace our old one. We eventually found one for a great price at a local lighting store. We also replaced the exterior door with an inexpensive, off-the-shelf option from Home Depot. I wasn't sure whether to leave it white or paint it a dark grey. 

After weighing in with my dearest readers I painted it charcoal!

Charcoal Painted Door Love

Once the door was painted I was left with the fun stuff. I was on the hunt for house numbers, a welcome mat, a wreath, a black planter, some greenery, and a mailbox. 

With the exception of the mailbox (there isn't much of a selection in the middle of winter!) I pretty much found everything I was looking for. 

I dragged a planter from the backyard and filled it up with pine and cedar boughs, birch sticks, and faux berries. 

I went to eight, yes EIGHT different stores trying to find the perfect welcome mat. I had all but given up when I found this adorable one with the exact colour of grey that I painted the door! I'm so glad I held out on that one. 

I dug around in my stash and found a wreath that I already had. I adhered it to the window with a single command hook. 

In order to save some $$$ I decided against the slate address plaque and got a set of simple, black house numbers from Lowe's. I love how big they are!

And lastly, I gave the side window box a coat of matching paint and filled it with simple greenery.

I'm so happy with the way it turned out! Now all I need is a little black mailbox. I certainly won't mind shopping around for that in the spring.

Black Planter - Real Canadian Superstore
Wreath - Local Home Decor Store
Welcome Mat - Local Home Decor Store
Light Fixture - Local Lighting Store
Exterior Door Hardware - Weiser Ashfield Handle-Set - Lowe's

Thanks for reading my first post of 2016. One of my 20 resolutions is to be more on top of my junk and, you know, post more. We'll see how long it lasts.......



  1. Wow, what a great transformation. Adore.

  2. Your entryway looks amazing! I love everything you did. It really is gorgeous!

  3. It looks awesome! I love the grey and it's amazing how far a good clean up and a coat of paint can go. And I also love that light fixture. Great update!

  4. I love it! I'm working on the inside of a similar space in our new old house and am kind of crushing over your door. Previous owners just have a screen door on ours and the main door is further in the room, which is just driving me batty.

    Angela from Number Fifty-Three

  5. looks great, love the fresh greens. wish i had something to pluck those from in my neck of the woods...but there isn't much "woods" to pluck from.

  6. Bea.u.ti.ful!!!!! The planter! The wreath! The doormat! And THAT DOOR!!! Nicely done, lady!

  7. LOVE everything about this!


  8. Greetings from Melbourne! Well done, it looks really great :-) The pops of red are amazing - just think of all the neat things you can do through the year for special occasions - Valentine's, Easter etc.

  9. After the photo of the charcoal door I was thinking "So NICE!" Then the details---HELLO! A.DORE! Perfection. I think the big numbers in the peak of the roof is brilliant.

  10. One million billion times more beautiful!

  11. There isn't one thing I don't absolutely love about this!

  12. Wow, what a great job you did transforming your side entry! It looks fresh, charming and inviting! I love the way it looks!

  13. Great transformation! Love the new gray door- it really stands out and creates such a welcoming entrance!

  14. I'm seriously in love with that door!!

  15. I can't stand how lovely it is! That door is just right in that space and that mat is perfect!

  16. What a perfect side entrance! Great mini make over and so inviting now!

  17. Love Love Love it! When you coming to redo mine?

  18. Piling on the admiration! What color is the white, please -- I love it!

    And,Is the paint holding up well to the elements? Thank you!

    1. Cloud White by Benjamin Moore - we've needed paint touch ups every second year where the snow piles up in the winter it flakes off in spots. Wah wah. ;)

  19. Look amazing & gorgeous. I just say that, love,love & love it !!

  20. It's beautiful. You have such talent!


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