Check out Matters of Style Marketplace on One Kings Lane

Check out my latest vintage finds on One Kings Lane!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let There Be Light

My entryway is (was) dark.  The front door is solid wood, which is good, but it doesn't make for a very bright room.  Even with the small windows at the top, it is dark, in fact much darker in person than it appears in this photo.

So I went out to find a glass storm door in a wood frame, one that could go in front of our wood door, which we could leave open when we are home.  Glass storm doors in wood frames are not easy to find.  The usual big box home improvement retailers don't stock them.  Thankfully, my local Ace Hardware, Blackhawk Hardware, had some in stock. 

I took the babies (little man loves the popcorn there) and went to check them out. 

Sure enough, they had some, so I decided to go ahead and purchase.  The price wasn't terrible, but of course that number just about doubled by the time I bought all the hardware for it (hinges, doorknobs, locks, closer, etc).  And that didn't count labor...

Y'all know I like to DIY when I can, but installing a door is not something I want to spend my time on.  The folks at Blackhawk recommended an installer, and he did everything soup to nuts, from picking up the door at Blackhawk to sawing the sides for it to fit (door frames are almost never straight, apparently) to painting to installing it and the hardware.  When I saw how much work was involved with installing a door, I will say hiring an installer was worth every penny.

After cutting it to size, the installer primed it so it was ready to paint.

He painted it the same color as the front door, which matches our shutters.  I am not brave enough to try a wild front door- maybe one day!

I cannot tell you how much I love it.  That part of our house is so much brighter now. 

I love it from the outside, too.  (Edited out the house number)

Do you have a glass front door?


Tonia B. said...

I have a glass front door and seriously thinking of removing it, because it's needs repair. One of the pins is missing and it's going to have to be removed in order for it to be repaired...we'll see but I like the door you've chosen.

Like Me Some said...

I don't but now I want one:) it looks amazing! I love the idea of more light and seeing the outdoors.

Margaret said...

I love that door. I have a full view storm door.

I have always wanted one exactly like yours.

But my front is not in a protected area so husband nixed it as too much maintenance.

Next house, maybe:-)

Becolorful said...

This is just so great the interior shot on your blog looked like it could be our home with the same issue. Our door is oversized and 100 years old. We did put on an aluminum door (ugh). I like yours sooooo much better.

PinQue said...

Oh how I love Blackhawk...we spend so much time there it is ridiculous :) Your new door looks great!

Jessie said...

I love the stripes in your entryway! A glass door makes a huge difference.

the Queen City Style said...

I'm with you. We had a storm door put in when we moved in the house, for this reason. The only issue is that I never want to close the other door... whether it's 100 degrees outside or 20, so our HVAC is always compromised! There's nothing like natural light to make you feel so much more joyful!! Looks great, as does that Granny luggage rack no more!

GRC Ltd said...

Great post!
Where did you get your wonderful umbrella stand? What was it originally?

Melissa Wagner said...

Omg! I love it and want one!!

Anonymous said...

The door looks great. Might I suggest that you also paint the inside of the main door the same color as the front color and the storm door. I love the contrast that the color on the storm door brings to the entry and I think the conrast would look super cool when the main door is shut.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin