Do you see what I see?
I was walking through our house the other day when I saw sunlight streaming in—through the bottom part of our door. Sure enough, there’s a big crack making it’s way right down the center of the wood. (It actually looks worse in person than in the picture.) Don’t you just love those house projects that come out of no where and “cut line” in front of the more fun projects (like having curtains made or buying a new rug)?
I know wood doors require a little maintenance, but truth be told, I hadn’t touched ours since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. I never worried much about it since it was under cover. I had planned to re-stain it at some point this year, but I’m now front door shopping instead.
I don’t have much experience with picking out exterior doors, but quickly learned about the price difference between going with a metal door instead of another wood door. By the time I figured in installation costs and having to replace the sidelights (with the metal) or just the door itself (with the wood), the cost difference was nearly $1000. So, we’ll be going with another wood door, but I’m changing up the style. Something traditional and classic. Maybe with a big brass door knocker?
(Not sure of the source for this one. The color wouldn’t work for our house, of course, but I think the style and accessories are just about perfect.)
I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with the “augmented reality” feature available on The Home Depot app on my phone that lets you test out what different front doors would look like by pulling up specific doors on their site and holding your camera up to the front of your house.
It helps me see what styles might work and what totally won’t:
I’m also considering painting the door a color this time around. More on that soon. . .