Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Front Entrance .. Ready for Fall

When house hunting, we all have a list in our heads of what our
needs are, what our priorities are and, once we find the house that matches our expectations, we know there will be things we will want to change.  With this little cottage, we were thrilled that the kitchen had been updated. Check that off our list of needs.  It was enough room for two. Check that priority off our list! But the exterior?  It needed to be updated!

This home was built in 1907 but she didn't need to look dated.  What she needed was a makeover to become more stylin'!! The blue trim, which we found out upon closer inspection was interior wood trim, needed to go.  The gold paned insets in the glass front door needed to go.  Toss out the black metal railing and get rid of the cement steps! I needed to put my own touch on things! 

Brick steps would make a huge difference and, after choosing the one that would be just right, one with a vintage feel, the bricklayers got to work.

The railing was pitched and the cement was prepped. Ready to go!
Upon completion, this old house already stepped into the 21st century.  What a huge difference!  I had the glass man come and remove the 80's gold from between the two panes of glass on the front door.  Confession:  Because the door and side panels are 90% glass I now felt exposed without anything to distract an individual from having full view of the interior of the house.  Ok.  Time to get going on details to add as a distraction!

Urns filled with small boxwoods on either side of the front door.
Oil rubbed bronze door handle installed to replace the gold one.  

Still had the issue of what to do to block the view of the interior of the house.  Solution?  An autumnal wreath that I created with my own little hands!  Yes, the "garden club dropout" actually did this on her own!!

A trip to Hobby Lobby, with 40% off coupon in hand, and I selected the size of the grapevine wreath I wanted to use as the base.  

A trip to Michael's where I found all their autumn picks at 50% off.  Love, love, love a bargain!  Gathered a mix of textures and colors....

 .. and headed home.  The wreath was hung on the glass door using clear suction cup hooks. Done! I stepped back to admire the changes. 

I'm not sure if I will paint the front door or even what color I will choose. For now, I'm letting it all sink in.  In time this ol' girl will let me know what her "signature" color is. But for now we're both happy!!

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  1. The changes you've made to your front entrance have made a world of difference! I didn't know the brass inserts could be removed. Brilliant! The brick added to your stairs adds so much texture and your wreath looks lovely, too. Well done!

  2. I love the brick steps - that along with a walkway is on our to do list next summer. Happy Wednesday!

  3. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! Truly beautiful choices you made for your entrance. BTW, I have a glass front door too, and I do EXACTLY as you do....a wreath! My favorite thing about my front door besides letting in beautiful light to the foyer Christmas, I put up a tree in my foyer and it just looks so darn beautiful from both inside the house...and from OUTSIDE too!

  4. LOVE, LOVE , LOVE!!! Great job Kadee! Your energy and style inspire me... I too have a brick front porch and it adds so much character doesn't it? Can't wait to see what else you are up too... XOXO Colleen

  5. Hi Kadee, I've sneaked in through the side door to look at your front door, lol. Your changes make such a big difference. You have a very lovely and welcoming entrance. Now that I'm out of the front door anyways, I leave from here ... ;-). Have a happy day!

  6. That's just a gorgeous makeover, what a beautiful home! I'd be painting that front door black in a heartbeat....!!
    Love your wreath, it motivates me to make my where on earth did I put that glue gun?

  7. so happy you're finally showing the new cottage. The brick really enriches the entrance and love the double planters. Looking forward to seeing more of your new home.

  8. Hi Kadee, Love your gorgeous front porch redo. The brick steps are perfect. Your wreath is beautiful too and gives such a touch of elegance with the two urns on each side. I know you are having a wonderful time updating and putting your touch on your darling cottage. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Happy Autumn,

  9. Hi Kadee, so nice to meet you. I am new here and it's a pleasure to visit. Lovely porch and your wreath is so pretty and festive. Fall is such a great time of year. From your newest follower, Linda

  10. Absolutely amazing transformation! You did a wonderful job with the front entrance and the wreath - so impressed! Loving watching you make this cottage your own!!

  11. Oh my word, this is so pretty and what a fabulous makeover. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. Kadee this is love!!!! Wow what a difference. I love the brick steps. It is a great transformation. Just gorgeous.

  13. Oh Kadee, you have such wonderful taste. Your front entrance is very inviting and your wreath is just lovely! Congratulations!

  14. Beautiful entrance...LOVE that wreath!

    Blessings, Debby

  15. Looks darling and welcoming. Love the boxwood!!!

  16. Your charming cottage now has an elegant updated fresh look. I love the brick steps which are classic along with the boxwood urns. Kudos on your Autumn wreath that really adds the perfect touch to the entry. This is a very lucky home to have you putting TLC and your decorating touches throughout. Creative Bliss and Home Sweet Home Dear...

  17. woo hoo! What an amazing makeover this is. Love all that you did on this front door and what an amazing entrance this is!

  18. Hello Kadee. This is a great makeover!!
    Love the brick steps. Beautiful inviting entrance.
    The wreath is wonderful. Love the warm colors !

    Hugs, Wilma.

  19. Your front entrance makeover is fabulous. I love the brick. It' adds so much character. Your festive fall touches are just right too!

  20. Your front entrance makeover is fabulous. I love the brick. It' adds so much character. Your festive fall touches are just right too!

  21. What a statement! Love the new entryway and LOVE your front door and wreath! great job:)

  22. I love those boxwoods, and that wreath is great.

  23. Wow, what a difference Kadee! I love the brick steps and the boxwoods at the entrance brings a bit of rustic elegance. Your wreath turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. What a beautiful transformation! Looks so inviting too!Love your wreath!

  25. The brick is a wonderful addition - so welcoming! And your wreath is just beautiful!

  26. Kadee, I know you're busy, sorry to be a pest, but could you please show some really good pictures of the semi-roman-shade thingy that you made for your window a few posts back? please, please? I am in love with that look and want to try to make something similar, but need a good look at it girlfriend!

  27. connie henkelman here! lol...
    love your front porch and every touch you are putting into your new home! nothing like beautiful pots with boxwood!! great transformation. I am not sure what the front of your sweet home looks like but if want a colored door I would do black! I used to have a home with a black door and I loved it!! now my home is a tudor with black and gray trim and red spindles on the roof! (thats my busting out part! lol) my front door is now gray and I am contemplating that black again! amazing the little touches that make such a big difference! we added very old little hobbit lights to the front pillars, they are my favorite thing!! I swear they came from a hobbits home!
    love the bed painted gray as well!! and I love how you write!! i feel like you are talking live my friend!
    miss you kadee hoping life is full of love and laughs!

  28. ps. does shawn have a blog? i would love to keep in touch with her as well!

  29. Beautifully done, Kadee! What a huge difference!

    xoxo laurie

  30. I love the transformation Kadee. It looks so much better. I am sure you are doing amazing updates in that pretty home. The wreath is beautiful too. You did a nice job. Love Michaels too.

    Just stopped by to say hello.



  31. She LOOKS happy...and LOVELY - the new steps are great! LOVE the wreath - love your blog. Back from summer fun, and rarin' to read...Happy Tuesday, Kadee! XOXO

  32. OH your porch is inviting, Kadee...and I want to come visit!! What a HUGE difference the brickwork makes. What a visionary you are to see the possibilities, and then to see such great results from your vision.

    Happy Fall to you, dearie!

  33. Hi Kadee,
    Your new entry way look lovely and inviting. Love that Fall wreath so pretty, and boxwood in urns always looks so charming............great job!
    Hope you are enjoying your new home and that things have settled down a bit.
    blessings, Nellie