Side door transformation on a tight budget

Hello friends! I hope you had a blessed holiday season. I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break and just dove back into regular life and the flip project this week.

Today I wanted to show you how I transformed the carport entrance at the white house on a very small budget.

Here’s a peek at the “before” of the space:

Side-door-before Side-door-before-2

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. (I also painted the floor, ceiling and exterior walls in this space, which I’m excited to share with you soon.)

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.

Schlage-handleset Mortise



Here’s what the side entrance looks like now:


Can you believe what a difference new hardware, some paint and a good scrubbing can make?


Special thanks to Schlage for providing, at my request, the hardware I installed on this door. As always, all opinions and projects are 100 percent mine.