Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Make Your Own Grand Entrance

I've been holding on to this post since November. I didn't see how a website that sold front doors would be relevant to you renters. Of course, I'd never even looked past the homepage. I finally decided to browse around the Crestview Doors website last night to see what they offer. Good thing I did! Whether you're a renter or an owner, Crestview has something for you'll love.

Crestview specializes in mid-century style doors and wall panels. Instead of buying the whole door, you buy a DIY Doorlite Kit. There's a video on their website that shows just how easy it is to create you own modern entryway. First layout the window lights on your door in the position you'd like them in and trace the outline. Next, use a jigsaw to cut out the shapes, then insert the window frame, caulk, fill, stain/paint and you're done!

If you're a renter and plan on living in your place for at least a couple of years, consider purchasing an extra door so your landlord doesn't kill you. You can easily put the original door back when it's time to move out. Doorlite kits start at $79 so it's affordable enough for everyone. I checked HomeDepot.com and was able to find a basic entry door for $116 which means you'll be able to completely transform the look of your house for under $200. Now that's what I call a deal!

If you're not sure what your house will look like with a certain window, check out Crestview's Door-o-vision to get a sneak peak. You can upload a pic of the front of your house or use one of Crestview's pictures. Then you can have fun playing around with all the different door options. While you're there, take a look at their wall panels (good for adding a hint of mod) and browse their Flickr gallery for pics customers sent in of their finished projects. The picture below is my absolute favorite!

{images via Crestview Doors}


  1. Col idea :) I'm lucky that I like the entry door on my place but this is great for renters of older properties.

  2. I l-o-v-e Crestview doors! I wanted to put one on our 1957 ranch home so bad, but we just couldn't afford it. Our front door (original to the house) was hollow-core, so we couldn't do much to give it a makeover.

    I've never checked out the Crestview flickr pics. So gorgeous! And that green bedroom...le sigh. Love the artwork over the bed. My bedroom is close to that color and has a similar vibe. It's my favorite room in the house!