Side Door Transformation on a Tight Budget

Progress on the house is coming along. Check out how I transformed the side entrance/carport on a super tight budget.
Here's what I started with.
I started by cleaning out the carport and giving the aluminum siding a really good scrubbing. It’s amazing how even just a cleanup and clean out can make a huge difference. After cleaning, I removed the dated screen door and scrubbed and polished the solid wood door behind it.
Then I replaced the hardware on the door. Here’s what I started with.
Typically, pretty much every DIY project I attempt at the flip house takes twice as long and makes me sweat twice as much as originally anticipated.
However, installing this hardware took me a total of 15 minutes! I had never installed door hardware start to finish all by myself before, so I was prepared for the worst. But it was a piece of cake! I was really proud of myself that I was able to tackle this project with no problems. It is so very, very rare. :)
I chose the Schlage® Flair Lever Keyed Entry Lock in Aged Bronze.
Here's what the side entrance looks like now!
It's amazing what a difference new hardware, some paint and a good scrubbing can make.
What do you think of the transformation?

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  • Carol Abruzzi
    Carol Abruzzi
    on Dec 28, 2017

    Can I paint melamine peeling kitchen cabinets? If yes, how? Thanks
  • Lana Rud
    Lana Rud
    on Sep 5, 2020

    Is this an exterior door? I don’t see a deadbolt or a lock on the lever?

  • Gold moments
    Gold moments
    on Sep 8, 2020

    but you didn't show or tell us how to replace the door knobs?? Unless I missed it somewhere

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  • Cathy Murphy
    Cathy Murphy
    on Jun 8, 2018


    I've been avoiding my worn front door knobs because of the perceived difficulty but you've given me hope, Thanks.

  • Colline Lynch
    Colline Lynch
    on May 1, 2020

    Yes you did a great job, beautiful

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