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How to Update an Entryway

You can tell a lot about a home before you even walk in the door. Here are some ideas that can help make your entryway warm and inviting.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Consider Painting the Door

If you don’t have the budget for a new front door, consider adding a fresh coat of paint. To paint both sides at once try this tip. Drive nails into the top and bottom ends of the door. Paint the first side, then flip, allowing it to dry while painting the second side.

Step 3: Replace Locks, Knobs and the Doorbell

Replace your old locks and knobs with brand new hardware. Deadbolt locks provide additional security. If you have key-in-knob or a door with glass panels, consider upgrading to deadbolt locks that operate with a key rather than a latch.

You might want a new sound to go with your new look, so consider a new doorbell. If you’re replacing a doorbell, all the necessary wiring will already be run. If you need to install a new doorbell, consider a wireless system. These operate via radio signals between the transmitter at the doorbell, and the receiver inside the house. The receiver operates on batteries or simply plugs into an outlet.

Step 4: Make Sure the Entryway is Well-Lit

A well-lit entryway is important for safety and security. You can increase visibility by installing new fixtures with high wattage bulbs. Most do-it-yourselfers can easily replace a lighting fixture. If you need to install additional fixtures in your entryway, consider having a licensed electrician run the necessary wiring.

New address numbers will let visitors identify your house from the street. A bench and potted plants add color and welcome guests. For the final touch, nothing says home like a new welcome mat.