Welcome to my branched front door, barn wood bench and wood mat.

A front door gets a revamp! Bayberry paint by Fusion Mineral Paint, a reclaimed wood Welcome to My Home mat, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, and a barn wood bench, all with a nature / branch theme. funkyjunkinteriors.net
We are not kind to front doors.

Ok, the fact that the front door stuck terribly, and that I store my bike in the front entry did not help the cause.

I LOVED my front door colour (you can see HERE in Homestead Blue)… however I either needed to repaint it blue again or… how about a new colour?! You know, to help chime in summer?

When my eyes first landed on Fusion Mineral Paint’s new green tone Bayberry, I KNEW that was the one. It spoke of all things nature.

Repainting a front door with Fusion Mineral Paint's Bayberry | funkyjunkinteriors.net
So, I did a little finger painting test. I liked what I saw!

Repainting a front door with Fusion Mineral Paint's Bayberry | funkyjunkinteriors.net
I then gave the entire door a good scuff with sandpaper to prepare it for the new paint. The door actually covered well with one coat, however I added a 2nd as an attempt to cover up some brushstrokes I left behind. Whoops.

Working fast against wet lines can be tricky on an outdoor windy day on a multi-panel smooth styled door. 

Here are some tips on how to paint a front door.

However, the most tedious part of painting this front door is removing / reinstalling the door hardware and taping off the glass panels. They take longer than painting the door itself!

But I tossed aside an evening bike ride to do it right. I even chipped and sanded at the door join until I could close it with one finger. Oh yes I did.

I was even going to get a new door set, because the finish on the touch pad panel was worn. Then I oiled it with a little bit of Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil, and ended up saving hundreds of dollars….

A front door gets a revamp! Bayberry paint by Fusion Mineral Paint, a reclaimed wood Welcome to My Home mat, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, and a barn wood bench, all with a nature / branch theme. funkyjunkinteriors.net

Because I got my beautiful door and hardware back! And then some.

I also added a little bit of branchy quirk, a new bench and a wood mat too! 

So… allow me to show you around starting with the mat.

Creating a reclaimed wood Welcome To My Home front door mat, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Creating a reclaimed wood Welcome To My Home front door mat, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Creating a reclaimed wood Welcome To My Home front door mat, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Creating a reclaimed wood Welcome To My Home front door mat, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Creating a reclaimed wood Welcome To My Home front door mat, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
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How to make a reclaimed wood door mat with Welcome To My Home sign.

1. Four random planks were cut to desired length. 

2. Each one got holes drilled into both sides of the two ends.

3. Twine was threaded through each hole, then tied together.

4. Welcome to my Home was created with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black (HERE on Amazon Affiliates) and the small Farmhouse and Welcome to my Garden stencils (HERE).

Creating a reclaimed wood Welcome To My Home front door mat, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Oh, I just LOVE it!

I didn’t sand the boards, so the grit of the wood could better catch dirt on shoes. I plan to just hose the mat off when dirty. Time will tell if it was a good idea or not, however it sure is fun to look at!

Do they make fuzzy wood?! That would be nice… maybe I’ll just shoot a really good image of it and have it transferred onto a front door mat. That might work…

Let’s move onto the bench!

How to make an easy barn wood bench. This one resides beside a front door. funkyjunkinteriors.net
How to make an easy barn wood bench. This one resides beside a front door. funkyjunkinteriors.net
World’s easiest coffee bench

1. Gather up one large plank for the top.

2. Cut four 3×3 posts to desired length.

3. Tuck the legs together under each side of the top plank. Screw from the top.

4. Secure leg posts together with random junk hardware.

An easy to make chippy white barn wood bench, with random hardware for leg supports, perfect beside a front door. Decked out with an old plant filled crate and moss plant | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Remember my barn wood haul? That board was waiting for the perfect project and this was it. I didn’t even have to cut it down!

Now I have a spot to place my (ahem) coffee when I juggle my packages while opening the front door.

This bench idea was inspired by super cool Cherished Bliss’ bench HERE

A front door gets a revamp! Bayberry paint by Fusion Mineral Paint, a reclaimed wood Welcome to My Home mat, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, and a barn wood bench, all with a nature / branch theme. funkyjunkinteriors.net
Remember the big stick find during my bike ride? I finally found a use!

Nothing chimes in with nature like a good ‘ol branch. So I just staggered a few more around the front entry for that nature vibe.

A front door gets a revamp! Bayberry paint by Fusion Mineral Paint, a reclaimed wood Welcome to My Home mat, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, and a barn wood bench, all with a nature / branch theme. funkyjunkinteriors.net
A rustic birdhouse resides on an antique chair, with wisteria as a natural backdrop beside a front door. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
My brother handmade this birdhouse so it’s very special to me.

Les is precise… he knows how big to build the sides and how large to drill the hole to attract a certain kind of bird. Cool, huh?

A rustic birdhouse on a reclaimed wood plank shelf, situated on an old painter's ladder held up with branch brackets beside a front door. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
This thrift store found bird house is screwed to a plank acting as a shelf.

The branches were dry fit into place with some screwed to the ladder to help hold everything in place.

A front door gets a revamp! Bayberry paint by Fusion Mineral Paint, a reclaimed wood Welcome to My Home mat, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, and a barn wood bench, all with a nature / branch theme. funkyjunkinteriors.net
My front door went for a LONG time with no decor. Just an unwound water hose and leaves blown wild here and there.

Now it finally looks like somebody actually lives here!

A Welcome To My Home reclaimed wood front door mat, created with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Welcome to my branched front door, barn wood bench and wood mat indeed…
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Products used:

Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Bayberry HERE

Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil HERE


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Disclosure: I am part of a blogger program that creates projects with Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed products, however I receive no compensation and only use what I personally love. Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils are from my own line. There are some Amazon affiliate links in this post.

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  1. How do you do it Donna. If I had to pop a few branches strategically at our front door the hubby would drag it away and use it as fire wood. You just have such an amazing touch and I love your welcome mat. If it doesn’t last a lifetime, then it will sure will get some character and you’ll do something awesome with the bits

    • HAHA! Oh you made me laugh out loud Michelle! My first tries with the branches were pretty hilarious. I actually carried them all back to the garage at one point giving up! Then I tried them one more time…

      Or maybe it’s because I don’t have a husband to drag away my stuff? LOL

      And yes about the mat, it’s great making easy stuff so when I tire of it, it can just be dismantled again for more stock!

      Thanks for your kind words. : )

  2. Donna – this front porch is you!! I love that color and everything including those beachy looking branches compliments perfectly. What a welcoming space that speaks creativity. Awesome Job!

  3. The first thing I thought of when I saw those branches was how fun they’ll be to decorate for Christmas. I love Christmas.

  4. Very beautiful and inviting entrance, but the new door color is gorgeous! It pops in a way the blue could not. Excellent job, as usual.

  5. Love the new front door color.

    I recently painted my front door with Modern Masters Front Door paint. Love that stuff!! 🙂

  6. How I love that bench you made for your front porch! I love the wood, the bit of paint on it, and the hardware is the jewelry! Super! Just love it.

    Also love how the ladder color ties to the door and you have made it useful, holding a birdhouse. Loving how you repeated the branches on the ladder, as well.

    What an interesting and welcoming porch. Nice.

  7. I love all the old wood you’ve used in your porch decor. I especially like the bird house fastened to the ladder. I have some morning glories growing up an old step ladder by my garage and I have a birdhouse that doesn’t have anything to hand it with. Seeing yours on the ladder makes me think that my birdhouse belongs on that step ladder. Thanks for the idea!

  8. I love all the old wood you’ve used in your porch decor. I especially like the bird house fastened to the ladder. I have some morning glories growing up an old step ladder by my garage and I have a birdhouse that doesn’t have anything to hang it with. Seeing yours on the ladder makes me think that my birdhouse belongs on that step ladder. Thanks for the idea!

  9. Ah Donna, your front porch is AWESOME!!! You came up with the perfect place for it. Kinda like it was waiting for you. An innovative use of wood for a mat! Yes! The bench and your description of how to leads me to think- -Yeah! Thanks so much for letting us to be able to visit.

  10. Wow, everything you do has that especial touch of ‘you.’ — the mat is awesome and then I thought…’why didn’t I think of that before’ lol.
    I love your blog!

  11. love the idea of a wooden door mat and the way you added the string!

    when you did the insta story about painting the inside doors…i loved the tips. it may have been the closet doors in your son’s room.

    hope you get some little birdies!

  12. Oh gosh, imagine my embarrasmen when I was more awake to read my comment. I wrote it when I was unable to sleep. I was referring to the large branch at your door when talking of the perfect place for it. Gosh, I love your porch!

  13. Morning, I love your front porch! We go up to Door County Wisconsin and there’s plenty of birch branches on the ground. Next time we’re up there I’m grabbing some for my porch. I’m also going to try making the adorable bench. Thanks for all the ideas, you’re an inspiration!! Peace. Kim

  14. I love everything about this! I love being unique and I have never seen anything quite like this. Great job. I really like that black trim around the whole door area.
    🙂 gwingal