Happy Cinco de Mayo! You can bet there will be some celebrating at our house with some homemade guacamole tonight 😉 Before I make any of you too hungry, let’s get into this weeks project involving our front door. If you caught my post last week, you know we just finished up a 3 week project on our living/room dining room and technically our entryway. Part of that project was a clever little hack I came up with on accident to make our front door taller! It was such a happy accident and really easy, I wanted to share it with you all! This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my policies.
How I Made Our Front Door Taller on accident?
So how did I come up with this clever trick on accident? It’s kind of a funny story. When I decided I wanted to take on this quarantine project, I knew the walls would need to be repainted after scraping the ceilings, but the front wall of our living room runs all the way up the stairs and down the hallway on our second floor. The hallway up there has it’s own laundry list of items I want to change, but I knew that was not going to happen right now. As such, my goal was to come up with a stopping point for the new paint color down stairs. The front door seemed like an obvious choice. Here it is before I painted it many years ago.
And what it looked like when I started this project.
Once I decided to add trim to the top of the front door, I needed to find some trim! I originally thought I could use the scraps from my board and batten hallway project, but they were just too thick for the dated trim on the front door. Since replacing the door trim was not an option and I came up empty handed in our garage stock piles, I shopped the house for old trim that had not been replaced yet. Most of the house has been updated with new trim except for one of our guest rooms and the upstairs hallway. I definitely didn’t want to rip out baseboards from where they would be seen, especially since I wasn’t sure when we would be able to replace them. So I stole them from the guest room closet! Yep, you heard me right. I robbed Peter to pay Paul 🙂
Once I cut the pieces down to size, I painted them white before installing them.
Instantly the room and door felt taller. I was pleasantly surprised!
I originally planned to keep the inset white, but once it was painted it didn’t feel quite right. So I tried black to make it look like another piece of the door.
My intention with this project was to create a barrier or a stopping point for the wall color downstairs. Inadvertently, I created a taller front door. If you are looking for a way to heighten your ceilings, you need to try this! It was so easy and has such a huge impact.
The entryway light fixture was also replaced with this one (and its on sale right now!) I love the modern feel and how it plays off the extra height on the door now.
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