I was tempted to title this post Come And Knock On Our Door. But then I rethought that idea. No offense, I’m just not ready to take my relationship with people I meet on the Internet to that level. It’s not you. It’s me.
Anyway, we got a new front door and sidelight! Super exciting home-owning adult stuff, you guys.
Let’s start with the old door and sidelight, shall we?
The door was maroon with two small windows at the top. The sidelight was a half sidelight. When we first moved in you could walk right up to the sidelight and see right into our house. My Dateline-loving self wasn’t cool with that, so I put privacy film on the three windows. I skipped the door because you’d either have to be really tall or jump to see through the door windows.
The door windows were looking pretty rough. The sun beats on the door all afternoon and being the new homeowner geniuses we were, we would leave our storm door glass up during the summer and essentially bake the door. In our defense, the door already had melty paint when we moved in. But we didn’t make the situation any better. You live, you learn.
One maroon door, well done.
Here’s what the front of our house looked like with the maroon door, sidelight, and shutters.
Our house looked like every other house on our street because everyone either goes with navy or maroon shutters and doors. I was okay with the contrast between the maroon and the beige but I didn’t like how the maroon made our house look heavy. If that makes sense.
And here’s how the front of the house looks now.
As you can see, we ditched the shutters– for now. We took them off and Brad was all “I like it better without shutters”. So I let him have his way.
We LOVE our new front door and sidelight.
I went with a Craftsman style door with a window at the top and a full sidelight. I did this so more light would pour into our dungeon of an entryway.
I decided to go with granite privacy glass on the door and sidelight. I love it because we still get the light in our entryway but
peeping Toms people can’t see into our house.
Here’s an up close view of the granite glass on the sidelight.
Now, you might be thinking, “But Chelsea, how do you see who’s at your front door?” Easy, I just peek out our kitchen window, which is only a few feet from the front door.
Here’s what the inside of the entryway used to look like with the old door.
And here’s how it looks with the new door.
The first week after having the door installed I kept startling myself thinking I left the door open because there was so much more light in our entryway. The full sidelight makes a big difference.
You’ll also notice that I upgraded the entryway rug.
In case you’re wondering, the door is a Therma-Tru Fiber-Classic door from Lowe’s. It was pre-finished in the color Blue Willow.
We installed the storm door years ago so I have no clue who the maker is but we got it at Lowe’s. The top glass part slides down and the top part of the door becomes a screen.
And I only had the glass part of the storm door up for photo purposes. During summer we leave it down so we don’t bake the door.
We had the door and sidelight installed by Lowe’s. We wanted to leave this to the professionals because removing an old door and sidelight and installing a new door and sidelight is difficult work and above our expertise. Especially because the new door and sidelight were a few inches smaller than our opening so the installers had to add to the casing.