Your front door is the focal point for your home – it’s where you welcome guests, travel in and out of, and is the place eyes are drawn to when driving on to your property. Today I’m excited to share a post from local realtors (and moms) Lauren Auresto & Jen Kelley of Coldwell Banker’s Around Town Team. Watch the video below to see how they transformed a client’s front porch over 4th of July weekend. Their tips & tricks for maximizing your front door space can also be found below.

First Impressions
Written by Lauren Auresto and Jen Kelley

Whether you are thinking of selling your home or just having guests over, your front door is a space that should reflect your style and is an opportunity to provide a welcoming first impression. Here are some quick tips on how to really make your front door/porch area shine!

  1. Fresh Paint for Front Door – If the color of your front door is dated or dingy, this is an easy way to add a pop of color or make your entry look cleaner. In this refresh we chose the to use a color called Sherwin Williams Waterscape for a fresh, on trend look. It only takes one quart of paint ($25), and two-three coats (bottle of wine + bestie optional, but very helpful) A wreath in complimentary colors also adds a nice decorative touch.
  2. A Focal Point – Next to the front door is an opportunity to add a decorative element. Make sure the item you choose can withstand the outdoor elements. Many people choose a vertical “welcome” sign in this refresh we chose to use an old ladder painted white and distressed and then some little decorative pops of color including a little ceramic blue truck, succulent plans, and a clock. Even a potted plant or a wreath can be an inexpensive & quick way to refresh the space. 
  3. Seating Area – If you have the space, a seating area on a front porch always adds a homey, comfortable touch. In this refresh we chose two wicker chairs from Pier One with black and white buffalo check pillows as an accent. In between we added a ceramic drum as a place for a wine glass or coffee mug. You may also choose to use Adirondack chairs for a beach-like feel.
  4. Kids Area – If you have kids, this can be a place to create a nice little seating area of their own where they can do some crafts while you enjoy your wine. In this refresh we added a kids table that we refinished in the same color as the front door as well as mason jars to store markers/crafts. Also, because the kids like to play with their toys on the front porch, we added a basket in a similar finish as the chairs (from Target) as a storage spot for these items.  

We completed this refresh over two days, but was quick and easy and really makes a difference. Most items were purchased from Target, Pier One and Homegoods. And most items, such as the chairs, were on sale! We hope you enjoyed this little refresh as much as we did, and hope it inspires you to re-imagine your front door space as an opportunity to create that important first impression!

This post has been brought to you by Jen Kelley & Lauren Auresto, Coldwell Banker – The Around Town Team

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