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How to Improve Your Front Door on a Budget

*This post contains gifted items.

One downside to new builds is how they all look identical from the outside. Sometimes adding a few flowers to the front garden just isn’t enough to make it stand out. So, why not take a read below for some tips on how to improve your front door?

When Graham and Brown offered to send me some of their new exterior eggshell paint, I jumped at the chance to add a bit of fun to the front of the house! As you can see from the before picture, there was nothing wrong with our front door, but the black has just never really been for me. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I have a thing for anything green, so of course I had to go with a green front door!

For tips on choosing colours for your home, try this post: How To Pick Colours For Your Home!

The colour is ‘Accrington Road’ from Graham Brown, which is a beautiful pastel green shade that looks amazing against the lighter bricks. If you fancy doing the same, here’s how you can do it, along with a list of products you’ll need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • De-greaser
  • Warm water
  • Clean cloth
  • Dustsheet
  • Primer/undercoat
  • Exterior eggshell paint

Time needed: 4 hours.

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Sand

    Use sandpaper to give your door a light sand. This should just get rid of any shine or finish on the door to make sure the paint has a better surface to grip on to.

  2. Clean

    Using your degreaser, give the door a good scrub to get rid of any grime or dirt. Make sure to use a clean cloth and warm water to wipe away any excess dirt and liquid and allow it to dry completely before going in with your primer or undercoat.

  3. Tape

    To get a professional-looking finish and prevent any paint splatters, make sure to lay your dust sheet under your door to protect the floor and tape up any door accessories such as glass panels, door handles and letterboxes.

  4. Prime

    Most primers are quite watery, so make sure you don’t have too much on the brush as you don’t want it to drop or leave any drip-marks on the door. I’d recommend 2 coats of primer, although you may need more depending on the chosen primer and your colour start to finish. We only needed 2 coats of primer as it was such good quality. (Shop our primer here.*)

  5. Paint

    This step is quite self-explanatory – just whack that paint on! Again, this will probably be around 2-3 coats, depending on your existing and desired door colours. Be careful not to leave any drip marks as they’ll dry hard!

    We needed 2 coats of paint and it looks fantastic. (Shop our paint here.*)

  6. Accessorise!

    This is the fun bit, choose your accessories and get styling! We went for a summer wreath from a local business and a brass bee door knocker which look beautiful against the green shade.

    We have silver hardware on the rest of our door, which I’ll eventually swap out for gold/brushed brass alternatives to match the door knocker, but for now it really doesn’t look too bad. I love a funky door mat, too, which adds a bit more colour to the entrance!

And there you have it, a super quick and easy way to update your front door for any budget! If you give it a go please make sure to tag me on Instagram at @the_velvet_home – I’d love to see!

So there you have it! Some easy, budget-friendly tips to improve your front door and make your home more you.

Thanks for reading!

Tasmine x



  1. June 15, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted one of those bee door hangers! It looks fab against the teal. When we move home soon I’ll see if I can make our door extra special. x

    Zoey | http://www.zoeyolivia.com

    • Tasmine
      June 20, 2021 / 7:05 pm

      They are gorgeous, aren’t they? This was a bargain from ebay I’m so pleased with it x

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