Reviving Our Exterior Front Entrance

4 Hours
It’s time to add some excitement to the front entrance! You may recall from our exterior plans that we were debating on whether or not to build a covered porch or just update what we currently have.
The molding around the front door is still in good shape, minus the rotted plinth blocks at the bottom. The plan is to replace the damaged areas and update the pediment style (the triangular piece at the top) for a more up-to-date linear look.
We originally thought the pediment was two separate pieces, which could easily be taken down. Once we started to remove it, everything above the door was in fact one piece of wood.
We went back and forth about removing the whole thing but in the end, the hubby just used a reciprocating saw to cut directly across the wood (without touching the brick) to dismantle the piece. I wanted to keep that beautiful trim work on the header!
To replace the triangular pediment, we created a new rectangular piece using 1/2″ plywood and decorated it with various trim.
The old plinth blocks were cut out completely and replaced by three pieces of stacked 1″x 8″ wood and finished off with shoe molding. Don’t mind the black stuff, it’s just coloured wood filler.  Since we were priming and painting the trim white, I knew it wouldn’t show through.

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  • Debbie Robinson Woloshyn Debbie Robinson Woloshyn on Sep 04, 2017
    Nice! Did you paint the glass door as well? With spray paint or brush? I have the same glass door, so I'm definitely going to paint it when I paint the front door!

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