New Front Door Makeover

Hello and Welcome back to The Aqua Cottage where we dream in colors borrowed from the Sea! Today I’m so excited to share with you my renovation of my 1947 ranch. I simply love how this project finally turned out! A new front door can change the look of your entire house. ***This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, when you make a purchase. Please, see my affiliate disclaimer for more details.***

The Original Door

My house was custom built in 1947 and came with the original front door which had never been replaced. Back then they did not build according to standard measurement which is 80 inches in height, so I had it custom ordered from Home Depot. Normally it is a 6 week wait time but thanks to covid, that wait ended up being 4 months.

As you can see in the photos below it was pretty warped and had been painted over many times.

I also had Home Depot install my new door, they scheduled and appointment to come out to my home and measure. Upon measuring they also discovered that the door was painted with lead based paint, so they said it was definitely a good idea to replace it! We also discovered there was a 1-2 inch gap underneath the door which allowed hot and cold air in.


Out With Old, In With The New!

They really did a great job and the whole project took about 3 and 1/2 hours complete including ripping out the old frame and trim. They also hauled away they old lead based door. The door was installed October of 2020 just in time before winter. (Thank goodness it’s freezing in New England during winter!) Since there was a delay I was not able to paint until spring of 2021. I decided since there was a covered porch to skip the screen door.

Welcome Spring! Time to Paint


I used two coats of Sherwin Williams Resilience quick dry exterior paint in Festoon Aqua! You can never go wrong with this paint and it turned out amazing. I’m in love!

The Finished Look!

There is something so beautiful about the color combination of Pink and Aqua! I do not have a green thumb so I purchased these flowers at my local Dollar Tree Store. I found this outdoor rug and these gorgeous planters on Amazon. You can find them here by clicking on the link: Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug or Pure Garden Decorative Outdoor Garden Potted Planter Box, White. I hope I have inspired you to create the home of your dreams! Thank You for your support and allowing me to share my renovation ideas with you!

PS: I know summer is coming, but I am slightly obsessed with pumpkins!! lolol Don’t laugh at me 🙂