The front door is the centerpiece of your house and serves a lot of important functions.

Obviously, it’s there to let people come and go as they please while also providing secure protection from intruders. However, your front door is much more than that too. The entryway is the first thing people see when they look at your home and plays a big part in setting the style, tone and mood for your house.

If your doorway is not living up to its potential, now is a good time to fix it!

As your trusty companion, I’ll help you spruce up your front door and entryway so it’s more inviting and functional.

By following these tips on how to update a dated front door, you’ll have something your proud of and excited to walk through each and every day.

Add a bold color

You can instantly turn an old door from something that’s lackluster to having a wow factor just by adding a fresh coat of paint. By choosing a bold color, you can also boost your curb appeal.

Just remember that good preparation goes a long way when it comes to repainting a door.

To repaint a door properly, first sand it down with at least 220-grit sandpaper, then prime it so that the new paint has a good surface to stick to.

Skipping those crucial steps could mean that the pain will chip off and then you’ll have to touch it up again and again.

Replace the hardware

Since your front door is the most active spot of your home for residents and visitors, the doorknob and knocker get a lot of wear and tear over the years.

An easy front door renovation project is to replace the hardware with new parts.

If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, because it’s a lot simpler than it may seem. Usually, all it requires is undoing a few screws, swapping out the parts, and puttin the screws back in place.

This Old House has a great guide on replacing front door hardware.

Add a kickplate

A kick plate is wide strip of metal that’s attached to the bottom edge of your entryway door.

It’s both decorative and functional.

You can get kick plates in all types of finishes including brass, nickel, gold, black and pewter. The plate is a great thing to have because it protects the door from getting scratched up nicked by people’s feet and animal paws.

Adding a kick plate to your existing door is not hard. Depending on the one you buy, it will either come with tiny nails or screws for you to tack it into place or strong adhesive to stick it to the door.

Home Depot and Lowes have great selections on kick plates.

Add a smart door lock

If your serious about upating your front door, then you should highly consider adding a smart door lock.

Smart door locks are a special type of device that can be controlled by your smartphone.

Since many of these locks have Bluetooth built-in and work over WiFi, this means you can lock or unlock your door even if you’re not at home. It also means that your door can sense when you arrive and automatically unlock for you. This eliminates the hassle of using a physical key to get in and out of your home.

Adding a smart door lock is easy to do. In fact, it just replaces your old deadbolt and can be done in about 15 minutes.

To find out more about this type of front door upgrade, check out my best smart door lock reviews. On that page, I go over every aspect you should consider when buying a smart WiFi door lock and how to find the cheapest one at the best price.

Install a new doorbell

Your doorbell is small, yet integral part of your home. Without it, you’d never know when someone has arrived unless they pound hard to the door itself.

If you haven’t upgraded your doorbell since moving in, now is the time to do it.

Doorbells come in all sorts of styles and designs these days so it’s best to stop in your local home improvement store to see what’s available.

You may also want to consider getting a video doorbell camera. This high-tech device is an inexpensive way to add video surveillance to your home. And like a smart door lock, it can also be controlled remotely from your smartphone. That way you can answer the door without people knowing if you’re really there or not.

If this sounds appealing to you, take a look at my guide on the best video doorbell cameras. It explains everything there is to know about these nifty devices and how they can keep you safe.

Install new house numbers

Here’s another simple and cheap fix you can do to can spice up your entryway.

You can find all sorts of modern, contemporary, vintage or funky designs for house numbers. So do an online search or visit your local hardware store to find a set that matches your taste. Etsy also makes handmade numbers and is a great place to begin your search!

Add planters

One of the quickest ways to add life to your entryway is to add a set of planters on each side of your door. It also boosts curb appeal and is one of the top front door update ideas most realtors will tell you to do when trying to sell your home.

Planters don’t just have to be used to show off beautiful flowers and plants either. Throughout the colder months, you can also display seasonal items like pumpkins, halloween decorations, or painted branches with twinkling lights at Christmas.

Add lighting

If you don’t already have a set of lights flanking your door, adding in a pair can really boost the presentation at night.

A good set of outdoor lights also provides better security.

If you do have lights set up, consider replacing them with a more updated look. They come in a myriad of designs from modern all glass models to tranditional laterns and more.

Another simple update you can do is to put a cheap spotlight at the foot of your steps and shine it up at the door. That way your entryway can really take center stage and brighten up the look of your entire house.

As you can see, making just a few inexpensive front door updates can go a long way to improving the look and function of your entryway. I hope these tips helped and have given you fresh ideas on how to upgrade your door so it better suits your needs and taste.

If you’ve got a bit more time, you may want to check out my full list of modern home gadgets. I’ve reviewed a ton of cool gadgets for the home and you might find something interesting on the list!

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