DIY Front Door Ideas

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Roll out the welcome mat! With a few DIY updates, these front doors emerge from the shadows and become the best-looking entryways on the block.

Cool Contemporary

Traditional without being stuffy, the setting teams a high-style door with elegant surroundings. Dark bronze and copper accents tie together the Craftsman lockset, modern steampunk sconce, sleek 1930s mailbox, and romantic planters. Use florals on the bench pillow and doormat to soften the entry's many angles.

All the Right Angles

Draw eyes to the front door by decorating the surface with varying lengths of 3/4-inch screen molding. This lockset's clean lines and simple shape make it the ultimate accessory for this right-angle graphic-design door. 


Handsome house numbers become knockouts when mounted to a piece of medium-density fiberboard painted to match the door.

Midcentury Mod

Transform a stoic entryway into a spunky greeter with midcentury modern style. A punchy orange door surrounded by retro accents, such as a starburst doorknob, polka-dot doormat, and red mailbox, speak to the modern sensibility.


True to Form

When updating an entrance, consider a new door with windows to enhance your exterior. Angled windows in the door give an instant nod to this home's era.


Concrete Appeal

Easy-to-read house numbers are a must, and these custom-cast concrete ones give a cool, industrial vibe to the front door.

Tip: Choose house numbers that are at least 4-6 inches tall so they can be seen from the street.



In Full Bloom

Nothing says "welcome" like larger-than-life blooms. This front door design was created by resizing a photo for dramatic effect. A romantic mailbox, DIY mat, and real-life blooms round out the new look.

Pretty as a Picture

A black-eyed Susan image was pulled into a desktop publishing application and cropped to match the door's scale. Oversize house numbers typeset in a favorite font complete the design. For the final step we turned to a company that creates graphic vehicle wraps. They printed the oversize image and adhered it with heat to a solid-core door—the same way they would attach it to a car.

Roll Out the Welcome Mat

No luck finding the perfect welcome mat? Design your own! Spray-painted blades of grass complement the door's dramatic flowers without stealing any of its thunder.

Refresh you home by painting your front door a fun color. Not sure what hue to choose? These tried-and-true colors are sure to flatter any facade.

Favorite Front Door Colors

Give your front door a color makeover with these no-fail front door colors.


Pop Art

Nothing makes your home pop quite like contrasting colors. Upgrade your curb appeal by painting the front door a color that stands out against the exterior. This bright blue door with a nautical wreath cheerfully greets guests.

Window Wonders

Take advantage of the unique features your home already has when refreshing your front door. This charming front door becomes a focal point with just a fresh coat of paint and an etched glass decal on the window. Oversize house numbers add to the upgrade.

Mail Drop

You don't see built-in mail slots as much as you used to, but this antique touch adds a classic look to any home. With the right tools, you can have a working front door mail slot by the end of the weekend. It's such a cute cottage-style detail!

Season's Greetings

When a total makeover isn't in the budget, dress up your threshold in seasonal decor. For this welcoming springtime display, match a playful green door with a butterfly wreath. They aren't just for the holidays!

Paint It Red

Looking for something to take your neutral home exterior from average to amazing? Try a bright, bold red door. This look works well with most home exteriors and attracts attention all the way from the sidewalk. You'll be the talk of the neighborhood with this daring trend. 

Storybook Ending

If you're enchanted by fairy tales and storybook endings, this cottage-style front door is the entrance for you. Grow flowering vines along the side of your house and use extra-long vintage hinges to create a romantic, whimsical look.

Dutch Doors

Cottage-style homes are growing in popularity. If you want the look but lack the budget for a complete home makeover, start with the front door. This Dutch door is cheerful and welcoming and perfect for letting in the breeze on a warm summer day. 

Words on Top

Instantly modernize your home by changing the house numbers to words. This look works great atop front porches! Just be sure to use a measuring tool and level to ensure evenly spaced letters. 

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