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3 Simple Steps To Freshen Up Your Front Door For Summer

3 Simple Steps To Freshen Up Your Front Door For Summer

Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!

Every season (and holiday) brings a new opportunity to switch up your front door decor! In my first year as a homeowner, I've had so much fun decorating mine simply with different wreaths and fresh accents like mums for fall, carved pumpkins for Halloween and lights for Christmas.

Changing your exterior decorations is always a satisfying and inexpensive way to freshen up your home.  

Here's my front door, ready for summer:

Front Door

Now, let's refresh your front door in three simple steps.

STEP 1. Replace your doormat. Choose something that makes you smile—you'll probably cross it at least twice a day. My "Home Sweet Home" doormat was just $10.99 (and it's still for sale) at Target. I also think Pier One has adorable doormats!

Home Sweet Home

STEP 2: Switch out your wreath—or add a wreath if you don't have one. I got mine at Home Goods, but Michaels and A.C. Moore both have beautiful and reasonably priced options. 

(I Instagrammed this when I put it out on the first day of spring. We still  had snow on the ground!!!)

(I Instagrammed this when I put it out on the first day of spring. We still  had snow on the ground!!!)

STEP 3: Add flowers. Hanging baskets, planters, pots—take your pick. They all add a welcome pop of color and texture to accent your front door. And the fact that you'll need to step outside now and then to water them will give you additional opportunities to enjoy your new doormat and wreath ;)

I purchased my cedar planter boxes from the local hardware store this past fall. So far, I've kept them out ever since! I put mums in them in the fall and mini Christmas trees in them in the winter!

I purchased my cedar planter boxes from the local hardware store this past fall. So far, I've kept them out ever since! I put mums in them in the fall and mini Christmas trees in them in the winter!

BONUS POINTS

+ Paint your door a new color. Growing up, it felt like my mom changed our front door color with each season! I even remember painting the front door for her on more than one occasion (Thanks mom! My early painting practice has really come in handy now!) 

Changing the color of your front door is the NUMBER ONE thing you could do to completely switch up the look of not only your front door but the entire exterior of your home. And since you don't need much paint (just enough for at least two coats) it's an inexpensive and quick afternoon project. 

Since I live in a condo, I unfortunately can't paint my front door. So, I painted the inside of my front door! There's also no reason you can't change up the inside of your front door color with the seasons. And why not add an interior wreath while you're at it? (The below wreath is from Joanna's Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection at Target. The mirror is from IKEA.)

This color is called Quaint Peche and it's from the HGTV Home Sherwin Williams line at Home Depot. I actually chose all the colors for the inside of my condo from their "Quiet Comfort" color collection. I love a pretty pink!

This color is called Quaint Peche and it's from the HGTV Home Sherwin Williams line at Home Depot. I actually chose all the colors for the inside of my condo from their "Quiet Comfort" color collection. I love a pretty pink!

+Buy new hardware for your home's number (and/or letters). Depending on the size and font you go with, this will also make a huge impact on the look of your home. Again, I can't change mine out because I live in a condo, but I did polish them up for the summer.

+Install new light fixture/s. I will not be writing a blog post on swapping out exterior or interior light fixtures (it's best to do so with a professional, a friend or family member who knows how, or if you want to DIY, please please please do your research first!). However, I will say I have found changing up my light fixtures to be a total game-changer in the look of a room or the look of my condo. My Amazing Uncle Frank came and helped me swap out my front (and back) porch light fixtures earlier this year.

Here's the before and after photos from the front door so you can see the MAJOR difference:

Before (Note my holiday decor! That faux Christmas tree has white lights on it that I set on a timer for dark winter evenings to turn on before I get home!)

Before (Note my holiday decor! That faux Christmas tree has white lights on it that I set on a timer for dark winter evenings to turn on before I get home!)

So much better, right? And very modern farmhouse. This light fixture was $20 from  HomeDepot.com .

So much better, right? And very modern farmhouse. This light fixture was $20 from HomeDepot.com.

+Add a "welcome" sign or other signage to your front door or porch. It's hard to see in my first picture of my front door, up top, but I have a tiny white sign that says "welcome" hung at eye level from Magnolia.com. In the winter, I decorate my porch with a big sign from Home Goods that has Christmas trees on it and reads "Welcome Home." 

How did you update your front door for summer? Send me a photo or leave a comment below! I'd love to hear about it. 

xx Lucy

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