9 Affordable Ways to Remodel Your Entryway

Front door with sidelights

The entryway is one of the most important areas of a home. After all, this is the first stop for many guests and can break or make your curb appeal. Whether you are simply updating an old look or getting a home ready for the market, here are nine affordable ways you can remodel your entryway.

1. Updating Sidelights

Sidelights, or vertical windows on the side of an entryway door, can give a unique touch to the look of a house. Not only does it add another layer of design to the front door, but it also allows more light inside. Unfortunately, if your home doesn’t already have one, it could be difficult to construct space for them, but if you do have some already in place, it can be relatively easy to upgrade to a new style.

Get creative and find a fun design or keep your privacy with frosted glass. This elegant design by Zabitat showcases a clean, but complex look that blocks views into your home while also adding a subtle pop of color to your entryway.

2. Molding

Light fixture at front door entrywayA large section of crown molding can transform an ordinary entryway into something special. Even better, installing molding is a simple process that has little upfront costs. Take the opportunity to apply a fresh coat of paint to your trim while installing the new molding for a seamless transition.

3. Lighting

A new porch light can illuminate certain elements of your entryway, especially if it balances well with existing hardware. You might even consider a smart light system that automatically turns on during scheduled times and can be controlled by your smartphone. Automated systems can be more expensive than traditional lighting options, but prices have come down as more companies have expanded their options. You can even buy a smart lightbulb to upgrade your existing fixture.

4. House Numbers

Upgrading or adding house numbers can make your home more accessible to visitors. Choose a spot that is clearly visible from the street and pick a style that fits in with your overall aesthetic. Consider mounting the numbers on a painted surface, such as fiberboard, to make them really stand out.

5. Glass Installation

double front doors with glass insertsAdding or changing out the glass in your front door is another great way to breathe new life into the space. A project like this isn’t very difficult and can be done with your existing front door. Glass kits like the ones made by Zabitat come with everything you need. However, if you are adding a glass insert for the first time, you will need some basic tools like a miter saw to create that initial space in your door where the window will fit. Just set up a good working space and remember to measure twice before cutting.

Remember that your front door is the entryway into your home and the first thing guests will see when they visit. Choose something that really makes your house feel like home. Looking for a more ranch or Texan feel? Try out this bold star design. Want something a little more old world elegance? This wrought iron look could be the perfect choice. You could even install enclosed blinds to let light in when you need it, but add privacy when you don’t. And the best part? You never have to worry about dusting them.

6. New Paint

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a front door and trim. Even if you decide to forgo a bold color, a good paint job can make an entrance look brand new. Take caution in going too bold and avoid using colors that do not mix in well with the surroundings. This is the first thing you’ll see when you come home every day, so make sure you take the time and the necessary steps to create a clean finish that will last a long time.

7. New Hardware

Front door handlesThere are few things worse than broken or worn out hardware on doors, especially the entryway. Fortunately, there are plenty of options at your disposal when upgrading front door latches, including traditional, keypad, and biometric lock sets. Use this as an opportunity to not only upgrade the hardware to something newer and more advanced, but also the style. You could choose something traditional or go with more of an accent piece like this Art Deco-inspired handle set.

8. Update Weather Stripping

Front doors are an area of the home where hot and cool air typically escapes. If you notice gaps in your door’s weather stripping then it is probably time for an upgrade. While this won’t improve the look of your entryway to the untrained eye, properly sealing your door will save money on your energy bill and boost the value of your home for potential buyers. Weather stripping kits make it easy to refresh your door and are very simple to install yourself. There are kits available for doors that are even eight feet tall, so don’t worry about size being a problem.

9. Planters

An easy way to add curb appeal to the entryway is by installing planters. Plants can add vibrant colors to the front of a home and are an excellent way to take up decorative space. Consider installing hanging plants to draw the attention upwards or large wood planters for a more rustic appearance. Leave enough room for visitors to easily access your landing and in case you need to set down something like grocery bags while you unlock the door.