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It's literally the gateway into your home, but after a while it can start to look a little shabby. But, just a little bit of work on your front door can make your home look like a brand new place. It can add a ton of curb appeal for minimal investment.
Feel free to go a little crazy with the colors
The obvious approach dictates you treat your front door as an extension of your home's color scheme, matching it to the shutters or other accents. But, as UnHinge notes, that doesn't have to be the case. Instead, they recommend treating the front door like a "single focal point." When choosing a color, the guide recommends you pick something that's personal to you and represents your personality. So, don't be afraid to go a little crazy
Add a little swag
Okay, so you've painted the door, but it might still be missing a little something. So, think about adding an extra feature or two -- and even a bit of additional functionality. You can always add a peephole to the door, or even a door knocker, which can either fit the historical architecture of your house or go a little quirky. Also feel free to change up the door knob. If you have an older home, maybe consider a vintage find that matches the era of the home.
Fix what's broken
All the upgrades in the world won't be much good if the door is off center, sagging, or has a broken screen. These repairs can get things ready for potential upgrades, so make them first. Be sure you're working with a good base before starting renovations. So, be sure to make any necessary repairs as needed. Replace or fix a broken screen door, and fix any broken, or uneven, door handles and hinges.
Refinish the door
Flaking paint has a certain type of appeal in some situations, but on a front door, it just doesn't work. So, scrape off any flaking paint and give the door a fresh coat. Then refinish it with a new coat to seal it and ensure it'll last another few decades. If you're looking to showcase the wood's natural color and grain, This Old House recommends a high-performance, oil-based varnish.