Welcome to my branched front door, barn wood bench and wood mat.
This post shares how I repainted my front door, made a reclaimed wood mat and a funky new reclaimed wood bench! (this post contains some affiliate links)
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 with 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.
How I re-painted my front door
.So I did a little finger painting along the frame and liked what I saw!
1. Clean door well.
2. Tape off any glass areas.
3. Scuff sand the existing door to give new tooth to the new paint.
3. Re-paint your door while the door is on the hinges. Or if you can, remove the door and lay it flat to repaint since that does make the task easier.
(I did not add a primer nor topcoat as Fusion MIneral Paint self-primes (as long as you prep correctly) and has a built-in top coat.)
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.
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….
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!
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 two stencils from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
My front door went for a LONG time with no decor. Just an unwound water hose and leaves blown wild here and there.
Some other front door projects that may inspire you: