This Front Door Replacement Made a Huge Impact on Curb Appeal

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 This Front Door Replacement Made a Huge Impact on Curb Appeal

One way to have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal is to replace your front door. The good news is that front door replacement can be easy and even fun. 

That’s the takeaway from Emily Clark’s door replacement story. She writes about low-stress decorating on her blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified, so we invited her to contribute to our Style Challenge series with this Curb Appeal Challenge. Here, she walks us through how she chose a new front door, had it installed and then painted it.

Take a look at how her new front door had a big impact on the whole look of her home.

When I found that our front door was beginning to crack down the middle a few months ago, at first, I was bummed that front door replacement was just another project to add to our t0-do list. Then, I started thinking about the possibilities of changing the look of our traditional home and adding a little color. And, suddenly, I found myself at The Home Depot shopping for doors and picking up paint swatches.

Checking out new front doors at The Home Depot

I had no previous experience with choosing a front door, so I was thankful to find a very helpful Home Depot associate named Will who gave me the low-down on going with a wood versus metal door and installation options. The “augmented reality” feature on the Home Depot mobile app lets you “test out” doors on your smartphone. That was also a big help in visualizing which style would work best with our house:

Blogger Emily Clark using the augmented reality feature of the Home Depot smartphone app


In the end, we opted to go with another wood door and have The Home Depot install it. For a small fee, they sent someone out to do a pre-measure before I ordered the door. (The fee was later applied to my order.) Once this was done, the store called me, and I was able to place my order over the phone.

Doing a pre-measure before front door replacement

For the next couple of weeks, I stared at paint swatches trying to narrow down the right shade of green before the new door arrived.

Using color swatches to choose the color for a front door replacement

I finally decided on Behr’s Amazon Jungle–a deep olive green. I used a paint and primer-in-one in a satin finish:

Behr's Amazon Jungle was the color choice for Emily Clark's front door replacement

I added a traditional brass door knocker, along with a kick plate and our existing brass hardware:

Brass knocker on a new front door

A new front door that coordinates with the home's entryway

I finished up this project by adding a little more green from The Home Depot–a pair of Kimberly ferns and hydrangeas in black planters:

This front door replacement makes a huge impact on curb appeal

 Kimberly ferns and hydrangeas in black planters look great next to a green front door


I love how this one change gave our home a completely different look:


A front door replacement before and after


Emily Clark is a wife, mom of five, and author of the blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified. She writes about the never-ending adventure of making her house a home, and shares affordable and achievable decorating ideas for real people. Read about how she turned an upstairs closet into a new bathroom here on The Home Depot Blog. 

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Style Challenge is a series of articles from guest contributors to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products. Emily received a Home Depot gift card to assist with her front door replacement. The opinions and ideas Emily expressed are her own.

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  1. Kate says:

    I LOVE your door and was so inspired by you! I’ve been wanting to do a color on my door and this is speaking to me ! I picked up a sample size of amazon jungle by behr and it is sooo much darker than your photos. Did you have any white added to it?

  2. Maggie says:

    You were able to replace just the door and it fit into the original frame?

  3. Anne says:

    I love how a new door can completely change the look and feel of a home. I personally recommend fiberglass because it lasts longer than most any other type of material and it can look exactly like wood as well.
    Ha, and I wouldn’t know the difference between one flower to the next:).

  4. Ryan says:

    This is a timely post, I have been thinking about replacing my front door. I like the look they chose here, it definitely makes gives a more contemporary feel.

  5. Vickie says:

    Just was wondering what color the inside of the door is now. I do like the green on the outside. We are also wanting to replace our wood door soon. Thanks!

  6. Traci says:

    I am amazed at the difference that the new door & color made in the curb appeal. You did a terrific job. Maybe your review of the door will help it to get a better rating.

  7. anna says:

    so you are saying the plant with the red flower is a hydrangea? did someone at the home depot tell you that?

    • Emily Clark says:

      No, I’m saying that I’m a sleep deprived mom of five who writes posts very late at night and sometimes types hydrangeas when she really means geraniums. You must not read my blog :) Thanks for the catch.

      • Traci says:

        Good answer.

      • anna says:

        I did see that you said geranium on your own blog. I do also love the color you chose, it looks great.

        It was meant to be more a criticism of home depot than yourself. Since they’re a huge corporation and this is their blog I want them to catch those little mistakes one person can make.

  8. Sandy says:

    Love Emily’s blog and her front door is perfect. I am interested in following her footsteps and using Home Depot for our front door.

  9. LindaSonia says:

    Love your front door style. So, did I read correctly that this isn’t a door that is available at Home Depot??

    Who is the manufacturer and is there a style name?