Asked on May 14, 2016

How can I disguise a second exterior door?

by Trina
I have an unused door on the front of my house that I want to disguise. It leads into a den, but we don't use that door. It makes the front of the house look like a duplex. I need some ideas.
  5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 15, 2016
    If the area is large enough you can put potted plants in the front of the door.
  • Con3711289 Con3711289 on May 15, 2016
    I'd paint the unused door the same color as the home's exterior, and paint the main door in a different, clear statement color. Then, big bold address numbers on the main door, either stenciled on or purchased contrasting color metal or wood. Following up on Janet's suggestion for plants, I'd first frame out a trellis to go over the unused door and casing you've painted to blend and disappear into the background. Then you can have climbing plants or tall, spiky ones in pots and urns. With the framed trellis (painted the same color as the house and door) It will all look purposefully designed. .
    • Trina Trina on May 15, 2016
      Thank You Contactkch-reg. I was thinking along these lines, but wasn't sure if it would look odd. I already have plans for the main entry. Thanks for the solid ideas.
  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on May 15, 2016
    I agree with contactkch-reg. you could put a waterproof hardboard on that door and paint that "niche" in a nice bright color, then fastened a rack to it and plant some grimping roses or passionflower or so in front of it. Or a vertical garden, or a some artwork in wrought iron.
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    • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on May 15, 2016
      @Trina you're welcome. I am happy to be some help. The last thing you want to do is to do something definit to that door. You'll never know if you would you use it again in twenty or so years.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 15, 2016
    Bring the exterior color of your home right over the door and door way. I'd then put up a nice plant stand with some potted annuals and a chair and make it into an outdoor reading spot or a place to have coffee. I wouldn't completely remove the door as the next owner may want to have a den entrance in addition to the main entrance.
  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 29, 2021

    If you can get some matching siding, I would remove the door, add some studs, a piece of plywood, tyvex waterproofing and then your siding, repaint to match the house. Then on the inside add insulation, a piece of drywall, mud it, sand and paint to match the room.