Two Story Cottage

More on the Front Door

I have had many reader questions about my front door.  Honestly,  I wasn’t overly thrilled with it when I first did it. It has really grown on me though.  I really like that it is different from everyone else’s!  I was looking for a temporary solution hoping that one day I’d get a craftsman style solid wood beauty.  Read about it here.





My front door was a cream color initially that matched the trim on our house.  I used a medium brown glaze to take it to the next level.  Glaze is found in the faux finishing area of your home improvement store.  Mine was Modern Masters (scumble) tinted brown by the pros @ Sherwin Williams.

It was actually a really simple makeover. I painted the glaze on the door with a paint brush and then rubbed the excess off with a cloth. You can get a pack of t-shirt pieces in the paint department of your home improvement store which work great for the wiping. Be prepared to use lots of cloths. You can use a lot or a little bit of glaze. Most people go heavy in the crevices. My glaze stayed open for up to one hour which was plenty of time to get it where I wanted it. I had never used glaze in my life before attempting it. I didn’t have any problems!

One thing I learned about glaze:
If you don’t want your glaze to change the overall color of your project then poly before you glaze. My door was definitely a different overall shade after the glaze. That was a good thing for me but someone else might not think so.
My door knocker and house numbers took it to the next level.   Details, details, details! 

I keep seeing my door knocker on the TV show Parenthood.  I have to point it out to Mr. C every time I see it – makes me happy!

Glazing is a little messy but it is fun.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with it – you can always wipe it off!


  1. Beautiful! Where did you get your door knocker? It is adorable.

    Also – I love your baby boy’s name! I have my own Reid … he is 11 months. 🙂

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