Simple Living // A fresh start and a new front door…

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The last few days before Christmas, Dan fitted and painted a new front door to the house.  Ever since moving into our home (10 years ago), I have longed for a new door.  When we bought the house, it looked completely different.  Brown coloured pebble dash with green painted window frames and brown front door.  It was the ugliest house on the street – that is probably the reason we could afford it.

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A few years ago, Dan painted the pebble dash white, and we had new windows installed.  The front of the house was beginning to look like ours.  But for one thing. That terrible front door.  I tried to make it jolly, painted the dark brown wood a pale green, then a few years later I had the urge to go bright. And bright it was – yellow like the sun.

No matter how I tried to make it look pretty, no amount of paint was going to help.  So finally after 10 years of hating, a new door was chosen.  I went for the half glazed solid wood door from B&Q, with frosted double glazed glass that allows the light to shine into the hallway.

Dan cut it to size and painted it in a soft mid grey colour.  I knew the colour I wanted so, the in-house team at my local B&Q used Valspar’s clever technology to colour match it.  The colour was actually an image I had downloaded from Pinterest, unable to find the name of the paint, Valspar just made it for me. Neat eh?

I opted for brass door furniture, lock and letter box all from B&Q.  My little fox door knocker is a vintage reproduction of a Victorian design, which I found on Ebay.  I couldn’t be happier!

I’ll let you into a secret – the main reason for me to have the door installed before Christmas was so I could hang my beautiful wreath on it.  The wreath I made with expert guidance from Kirstie of Ruby and the Wolf (a local florist and all-round babe) who’s workshop I attended a few weeks ago.  I love my wreath so much I don’t want to take it down.  So I am thinking it can be a mid-winter wreath instead.  Not a Christmas one.


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Thank you to Kirstie for her brilliant advice and workshopFinally thank you Dan for being epic and installing it.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • We had to replace our front door – we went for one that lets the light into the hall too. Found it hard to find one we liked . It’s like choosing a coat – has to be practical and feel right at the same time!
    Lovely colour Lou – I’ve never tried the colour match idea – must give it a go….

  • It’s a lovely door. So important to make your look how you want it to be. Mine’s currently dark glossy green which suits the house well, although I often fancy a paler shade like this. Glass panels would be good too to bring some light into our gloomy hall!

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