A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference. I love a quick paint makeover. Its such a simple, cost effective way to refresh or transform a space. My original goal was to replace the front door, but upon some research into that (why are doors so expensive), a new front door just wasn’t in the budget. In the end, the budget friendly version was a new coat of paint and some accessories to compliment the space.


I knew I wanted to paint the front door black, but finding the right black was going to be the challenge. To make matters a bit more challenging, in Ontario we have been in a never ending lockdown/stay at home order due to the ongoing pandemic with no stores open, so a trip to the hardware store to look at paint chips was not going to be an option here. I resorted to alot of research on Pinterest and projects on fellow blogger sites for inspiration on different black paint colours on projects. After much research and debating, I decided to purchase a can of Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior Paint in “Onyx”. As I went ahead with the project during lockdown, our local Home Hardware paint department was beyond accomodating. I just sent them an email explaining the project I was working on and the colour paint I was wanting, and they put everything together for me for curbside pick up including special instructions on outdoor temperatures for the paint. As a side note, with the BM Aura Exterior, you have to ensure the temp is above 5 degrees for 24 hours and that you don’t paint in direct sunlight.

As the existing door colour was a dark brown, I didn’t bother priming and just painted right over it. The paint went on great, and in the end, I preferred using a brush to apply (versus a roller). I still have lots of paint left over too!


The accessories for this space came together when I came across the adorable “bee our guest” doormat. After that, I was on the hunt for a cute mailbox for our front entrance as I always felt we needed one here. The mailbox I ended up finding was a bit of a splurge purchase, but I loved the scalloped edge and bee detail. It is very charming and will last many years.

The planters I sourced for the best price at Home Depot. They are the perfect size for my front entrance on either side of the doormat. I went with the 14″x14″ version, but you can also buy them in larger sizes which I would do for a patio.

Lastly, I love a seasonal wreath and was in the market for a summer piece. I found this lemon wreath on Wayfair and it was worth every penny. The quality is excellent and it will last many years. I think it brightens up the space perfectly and looks great on the black door.

I am really happy with the quick and easy refresh to this space. I had a few splurge accessory purchases with the wreath and mailbox, but even a fresh coat of paint, a new doormat and some planters are a fairly inexpensive way to revive a space like this.

In addition to the painted door and new accessories, we later decided to repair and pour some new steps to our front door. Check back to see more about that project soon!


Bee Doormat: Accents

Bumblebee Mailbox: Anthropologie

Lemon Wreath: Wayfair

Planters: Home Depot Mayne Cape Cod Patio Planter 14″x14″ (Black)

Door Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior in Onyx

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