Why One HGTV Expert Says You Might Want To Replace Your Front Door (Even If You Don’t Have To)

published Oct 1, 2021
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The saying goes, why fix it if it isn’t broken? But sometimes, you don’t want to wait for that to happen, and you have a desire for change to make you — and your home — happier. When it comes to your outdoor space, for carpenter and HGTV expert Rachel Taylor, the easiest way to do that is with your front door. And she’s not just talking about painting it, but rather, replacing it all together

Taylor, who hosts the network’s new show “Curb Appeal Xtreme,” says you should consider replacing your front door with a new one (if you’re not a renter and/or are financially able to do so). “Replacing the front door with a light bearing door that has wood and glass is a lovely way to not only bring light into the entryway and the interior of the home but also create a new lens from the exterior,” Taylor told Apartment Therapy.

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Taylor explains that if your door was manufactured in the 1960s onward, there is no harm in doing so. However, she warns to think before you touch the door of a historic home. “I think it’s a shame to move a front door that’s in a nostalgic building,” she warned.

Of course, if you can’t take on the project of replacing your front door for one reason or another, there is and always will be power in painting it a new color. Neutrals are always a good idea because of the versatility and wide appeal (especially if you’re looking to sell), but if you’re looking to infuse some color into your outdoor space, go for that pink or yellow. Remember, you can always paint over it. 

With all that being said, consider swapping out your former door for a new version that lets light into your space and improves connection between the outdoor-indoor spaces. In the world where outside areas are more important and utilized than ever, it only makes sense!

Curb Appeal Xtreme” airs new episodes on Wednesdays at 8/7 central on HGTV.