Shut the Front Door


It’s been a busy couple days around my house, so I thought I’d give you a little update as to what’s going on. As you know, my house is almost 100 years old. – It was built in 1917. And as much as I adore this house, owning an older house comes with a slew of weird issues.

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front door before 

My house has five exterior doors. All of the doors, from what I can tell are original to the house. So, after 90+ years of hard work, I decided to replace three of the five doors – the front door, the back door, and the basement door.

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back door before 

As much as it pained me to remove the original doors, it was necessary. Not only were they very drafty in the winter, but the surfaces of the doors were in bad shape with peeling paint. Plus they didn’t function well anymore. I’m sure you can see a few of the cosmetic issues in some of the before shots.

Even though I love a good DIY, I ultimately decided to leave this project to the professionals. As with many older houses, all of the doors were very odd in size. So even taking measurements and planning for molding, etc was a bit of a project. Plus, removing the old doors (based on the multiple saws used and days of loud noises) was quite an undertaking.

Despite all of that, the project is finished (well, almost), and I’m going crazy for my new doors.

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

Let’s start at the front. I went from a mostly windowless front door, to a door with one big window. (You can see what the front door used to look like here. I forgot to take a picture.) This area of my house used to very dark and that always drove me bananas. Now, it’s flooded with light.

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Oh, and the reason I said that the doors are almost complete is that both the front door and the back door are getting storm doors. They just haven’t arrived yet. I am so excited about this because I’ve never been able to leave my doors open during the summer.

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Now that the front door is in, I’m going to give this entryway an updated look and function. I need a light of some sort, a coat rack or hooks, and definitely a fresh coat of paint.

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

The back door looks almost identical to the old door, especially from the inside. This is the door I use most often when coming and going.

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I’m also currently on the hunt for a new light fixture for above this door and a sconce for next to the basement door.

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

Speaking of the basement, this is the door that was in the worst shape Like, embarrassingly bad shape. I also should mention that at some point this spring or summer, I’m hoping to get the rest of the wood trim on the house scraped and painted white. When all of that is finished, things will be looking really nice.

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back door before 

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

Here is the basement door from the inside. It’s off my hallway with the gallery wall. I’ve actually never showed you this space on IBC before because it’s pretty tragic. However, now that the new door is in place, this area is also begging for a a fresh coat of paint, a new light fixture, and some cute accessories.

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

Shut the Front Door | Inspired by Charm

You’ll also notice I went from cherry red doors to white doors. As much as I loved my red doors, I’m so happy I went with white. It gives the whole house such a fresh and clean look. Plus, these doors can be painted. So if I decide to add some color down the road, that’s totally an option. I also opted for fiberglass doors instead of wood. I was initially worried that they wouldn’t be fitting with the style of the home. However, they fit in perfectly. Plus the added durability and cost savings is a huge plus.

I’m so pleased to have this project checked off my home improvement list. It’s amazing how one little (or not-so-little) change can make such a big difference. Now all I need is a super cute front door wreath and I’ll be set.

What big improvements are you dying to check off your list?

Sources: Round Jute Rug – West Elm // Acrylic Console Table – CB2 // Edison Light Fixture – Pottery Barn (no longer available)

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  • girlfromwva at

    the doors, as well as the rest of your home, are beautiful! you did a good job keeping character in the doors with your replacement picks! biggest improvement i am hoping to do, is to help my boyfriend paint his bedroom in his new home; picking out color tomorrow!

  • Elle at

    The doors look great!!! I like how they complement each location. You may have inspired me to replace our front door:)

  • Ruth Ann Anderson at

    You are so inspiring … all you present….
    Numerous times, I send your site to friends/family an opener to ho-hum e-mail for me…
    All the way to Scotland too.

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    Oh I’m so jealous! I swear if I could go house hunting again, sunlight would be my number one thing. And a sunroom because… hello. I love all the character your home has and I think you maintained it with the doors and hardware. Sometimes it just has to be done!

  • Carrie at

    Love the white doors against the brick walls. They look great!

  • Heather at

    Where did you get your front door? That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! My front door is solid wood and SO dark inside the entry! Ugh! Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Heather all of the doors are from Therma Tru. Hope that helps. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • John at

    Love the doors! (Psssst! It’s “definitely,” not “defiantly.”)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops! Thanks for the heads up.

      xo Michael

  • Summer at

    I just adore your house! It gets better every time I see it! I love the round rug in your foyer!

  • Kelly at

    I tried finding it on the blog, but what fixture is that in your entry way? I LOVE it!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Kelly, it was from Pottery Barn about 5 years ago – Edison Chandelier. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Maureen at

    The light flooding in the front entry is gorgeous! I have to admit my heart skipped a beat when you said you replaced that door off the porch. I love that door. So happy to see you went with an updated version of the same one!! As for my project I want done. Currently working on a major re-do of the living room. Would love for you to pop over and have a look at Red Cottage Chronicles!

  • Toodie at

    Totally love the white doors with the brick. It looks so sharp, yet comforting.

  • tia at

    the doors look wonderful. i love all of the light flooding in and wouldn’t mind having the same for my house. do you worry about privacy at all? that is one of my concerns.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Tia, I do, but not in that area. It just shows into my entryway. I’d rather have the light. Plus, I can always do some sort of sheer curtain if it does become an issue.

      xo Michael

  • Meredith at

    Your home is magnificent. I love every aspect of it! So perfect! Happy Friday! 🙂

  • Karen Marie Kedzuch at

    I am across share on G+. I love the light you have added to your home! I am a fan!
    Karen Marie Kedzuch
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  • Holly at

    What paint cooler is the gray in the entry room? Love it!

    • Holly at

      Color…not cooler. Darn autocorrect!

  • Patty at

    Your home is almost as old as ours. We love updating and usually have two projects a year. As we are getting close to retirement, it is time to wrap up the most difficult. Your so inspiring,. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer Roberts at

    Wow, our homes have quite a bit in common — I see a lot of similar details. Mine was built in 1918. Thankfully I only have three exterior doors (two original). I really hate to think about replacing the original doors, but ours are in really bad shape, too. The title of the post made me chuckle, because our front door has been known to blow open if we’re not careful to make sure it “clicks” when we close it. I think the doors you chose work really well with the house.

  • Amy Wolff at

    Where did you find the round jute rug in the entryway? LOVE IT!!

  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog at

    The new doors look great! What a treasure of an old house you have to work on, that back entry could be so cute!!

  • imdb at

    Love the doors! Wondering if they made a difference in the warmth of the house? Our door aren’t as old, but they sure are drafty. Another thing to put on the fix-it list.

  • Emily at

    Love your house! Can you please tell me where to bought the round rug in your entryway. I MUST HAVE IT. Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Emily! I got it at West Elm.

      xo Michael

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