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?