Front Entry Makeover

On my long list of spring to-do’s, front entry makeover can now be checked off!
Here is the lovely before pic…..pretty bad huh?
I have arrows pointing to some major problems.
1.) The flag we had for the past couple yrs was so tattered, the wind blew it over the light fixture, and the holes in the flag pulled the top of the fixture off.
2.) Do you ever wonder why all my front door wreath pictures are faded black around the edges?? Well, if you look closely at the wreath pics, you’ll notice my door has been half semi-gloss and a 1/2 satin! I started to touch-up spots last fall, and after it dried, I realized that I had the wrong sheen! It was really cold after that and I just left it until now…..pretty bad huh?
3.) The pots….nuff said.
4.) Boring mailbox
1). I spray painted some awesome light fixtures that my neighbor gave me. (before)
3.)  I had a tutorial on Dressing Your Planters for Less, where I should my planter painting/antiquing techniques and how to fill the planter with some free plants.
4.) I dressed up my mailbox. You should stop by Romance on a Dime, where I am guest posting on Saturday to see that tutorial.
5.) I also painted the door all the same sheen.
6.) And added a new flag. (I just love a house with a new flag.)
The before….
The after….
Ahhhh….so much better.


  1. Wow, Katie! This looks fantastic and SO inviting! I love front porch makeovers 🙂

    The “Welcome” above your house number is such a fun touch (I realize it was already there in the before) and the pot colour makes them look very high-end!

    I think I’ll be on the lookout for a doormat shaped like yours instead of a rectangular one this summer.

    I’ll be watching for your tutorial this weekend!

    Claire 🙂

  2. I love all the changes you did, Katie! The ones I like the most are the planters (how nice they turned out), and the light fixtures! I was also working on my front yard this past weekend, I still need to do some more work, but I wish at the end, it looks as pretty as yours!

  3. Katie, it’s gorgeous. Hope everyone will read how you made over the urns, too.
    Thanks, Helen

  4. Katie- It looks great. You did a good job of sprucing it up and making it warmly welcoming for Spring and Summer. Love it- xo Diana

  5. Very nice! I agree there is just something about a house with a fresh new flag! I found you via the hop at Someday Crafts.

    Have a great rest of your week!
    Hugs –

  6. Fabulous new look! I love it!!

  7. I absolutely love what you did to your pots! I am thinking of redoing my boring tan colored pots and this is the perfect inspiration. Your entry is welcoming and beautiful. Enjoy. Megan

  8. Very pretty entry way.

  9. I love those new lamps! They are beautiful!

  10. It looks beautiful!

  11. I love it its gorgeous! Those lanterns did it!

  12. It looks absolutely fantastic! Awesome job.

  13. Looking really good! Love the lanterns! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

  14. Wow! Katie, you did a wonderful job! What a transformation…not that it looked that bad just like it had survived a rough Winter! LOL! How long did it all take? Those lights are fantastic. I think I need bigger lights like that outside my home. I think the ones I have are too small for the house. There’s something to be said for “scale”. It REALLY looks grand! (applause, cheers…standing ovation!)

  15. Love how the RED pops out and makes a statement, and LOVE your lantern light fixtures painted black! SWEET front porch!

  16. It looks fantastic Katie! So fresh and cheerful and ready to welcome Summer. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!

  17. I love the update. Your front entry looks very inviting. Beautiful!


  18. I love your update, it turned out so pretty!

  19. Very friendly and inviting entrance :).

  20. ı loved your house.your front entry says come here come here please :))wonderfull

  21. Oooh, so nice. I love the wreath that you did and the planters look gorgeous. I still have to do mine so this is inspiring. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  22. Katie,

    I am visiting from the Finding Fabulous linky party and your entry caught my eye. It is much more welcoming! Great job! I’m working on my front porch now too. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,


  23. Wow, great job! We are in the process of sprucing up our front entry also. What an encouragement!

  24. Oh, it turned out sooo pretty! Love the before and after pics. I found your link on Delightful Order’s Link Party. I would love for you to post this on my link party at…
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. Love the geraniums! What a great transformation! Stopping by from WB.

  26. Your porch looks wonderful and so patriotic! I would love for you to link it up at my Patriotic Link Party I’m currently hosting. Please try and stop by!

  27. Love what you did! The porch looks so nice and inviting. I hope you can come share this at my Sunday Round Up Link party. It starts Saturday night. @
    Hope to see you then

  28. It all looks wonderful! The new lights are great too, I really like them.
    Painting a door is a pain too. I know mine is. All the grains run different ways…

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  30. I like how the make-over turned out!

    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this 🙂


  31. Your outside looks as gorgeous as your inside 🙂

  32. Hi! I am a new reader, I love your entry redo it looks really pretty. And, your blog background is fabulous 🙂 Creating over at – Tanya 🙂

  33. Your entry is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. My porch needs some help!

  34. Looks wonderful!! I love the black accents against the color of your house. The planters look amazing! Such a difference. I would love if you stopped by and shared this at my linky party this week. 🙂

  35. SO bright and cheerful for upcoming Memorial Day!

  36. Looks great! Little Bit

  37. Love the changes you made. They look great.

    Visiting from ‘it’s overflowing’.

    Have a great day.

  38. So inviting! The lanterns really made a difference.

  39. You have made a great first impression at the door!

  40. Great spruce up job, it looks great. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.

  41. Looks great. we have been in this house for 8 months and my front door needs a major makeover

  42. Katie, you got that right … the after is amazing!

    I’m going to pin this on my front porch inspiration board …



  43. Great job on the makeover…you’ve created a very welcoming entry that has great curb appeal.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  44. Love this front entry makeover!! I love all the changes you made – the front of your house looks so welcoming and cheery! Nice job! I’m pinning this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!! (And thanks for your fabulous guest post on the mailbox makeover!!)

  45. This front entry looks amazing!! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We loved having you and hope to see you back next week! -The Sisters

  46. GREAT job. Looks stunning – and I love how you really created it by yourself 🙂

    Thank you for linking up with me last week at Drab to Fab!

    Come on back by and share more of what you have been doing 🙂

    Have a great one!

    Amy@Sugar and Spice

  47. Featuring this(and your blog) on CountryMommaCooks…..thanks for linkin’ up…hope to see you again this weekend : )

  48. Beautiful and so welcoming, Katie!

  49. love it! especially the robin’s egg wreath!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.

  50. Beautiful – I love the mini cedars in the urns, and all the pretty details!


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