Living on a Budget

Front Door and Shutter Make-over!


Been awhile since I posted some budget-friendly ideas for life!!! We are definitely back on a more strict budget with all the happenings of the past year, so get ready for some more of this!

As we all know, its been about 9 months since we moved into our first house and there is a list– yes, an actual prioritized list– of the upgrades we want to do! They range from painting the front door to replacing the fence, to remodeling the deck and kitchen. Unfortunately, these things take time and money—mostly money– so we have to prioritize. Fortunately, our house is completely livable in its current state, so we just need to contain our excitement for awhile.

Painting is typically a budget-friendly way to give your house a fresh look. We have successfully re-painted the entire house save 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. We recently also replaced our 3 south-facing windows– as they were rotting– i.e….priority numero uno. So I wanted to give our house some new curb-appeal to go with them.

When I told my husband we were going to go with turquoise, he said, “I can’t believe you haven’t painted it that color before now!”.

This was such an easy process.

Time Spent: 5 hours

Cost: $65 (I priced a new door and window frame when we got our new windows– $1500– no thanks!)

  • Paint: $16
    • I think solid paint is important. I usually use Sherwin-Williams, but for such a small project, I went with Valspar from Lowe’s. I did exterior, satin finish in Laguna Green. A quart of paint was more than enough for my door and 4 shutters.
  • Brush: $10
    • I LOVE the Purdy XL 2 inch It works on acrylic paints very well. I prefer the shorter handle as it is shorter and I find it easier to maneuver. You can find it at most hardware stores or click the link above.
  • Hardware: $35
  • Silicone Caulk: $3


  1. Purchase supplies. We often use Lowe’s or Home Depot as they honor a 10% military discount. A penny saved is a penny earned!
  2. Fill any holes. As you can see in the photo, the previous owner had gold hardware, including a knocker, a keypad entry lock and a large handle on the outside of the door. I wanted to modernize the look and change everything over to a distressed bronze, as well as minimize the gadgets on our door. This left some holes in the door itself, so I used silicone caulk to fill the holes. It is metal-friendly, but soft. We may need to use something a little stronger if we want to cover all the evidence of holes, but honestly, unless you are looking for them, the previous holes are hard to find.
  3. Sand any excess silicone off and lightly sand the entire door for better paint adherence. 
  4. Paint Door. I literally left the door right on the hinges. It wasn’t a problem at all. I used a 2 in. hand held brush and brushed the entire thing. You could use a roller, but there was so many crevices in the door, I felt a brush was just as efficient.
  5. Install New Hardware. Follow directions on the hardware!
  6. Remove Shutters. I have plastic shutters, so they were very easy to remove. Each had 3 screws. I used a drill to remove them and drilled them right back into place after painting.
  7. Paint Shutters. This part took me about 30 minutes per shutter. I just did the front side that is visible by laying them on some newspaper on the garage floor. You don’t need a lot of gadgets for this!
  8. Re-install shutters. I let me shutters dry for 4-6 hours before re-hanging. Prior to putting them back up, check the caulking between the window and your house. If needed, you can use the same silicone caulk you used to fill the door holes. It is important to ensure a seal between the window and house so water does not get underneath the siding!

All you have to do is pick a color and get moving 😉

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