This is a front entrance project for 2 condos, best seen in the before and after pictures. What a difference between the before and after photos.
Before Ugh and After Nice!
Look at the before picture and tell me what stands out as unattractive? I hope right away you notice that the concrete floor has been painted, more than once, and is in disrepair. Also, you may notice that the original light fixtures are not hanging straight down.
Bad Concrete Floor Fixed
Not only was the concrete floor paint job in bad shape, but the concrete pad itself was broken and collapsing down the middle. So, the fix was to cement up the floor where it was low to make it level. Then we added the tiles to the floor and the porch edge, which makes it stand out more.
These floor tiles are 15 x 30 inches, but you could also use 12 x 24. These are nice floor tiles with variations in color. Another choice would have been tiles that look like cut pieces of slate, which are also very sharp. The grout color matches the tile, which accents the beauty of the tile rather than the pattern. Please get tiles rated for exterior use.
Change Out the Light Fixtures
Yeah, the light fixtures look weird hanging on an angle as they are. The ceiling is stucco, which isn’t very flat and the small diameter of the fixture makes them tilt as you see. So, the fixtures went from 4 inches to 7 inches, and because they are square, they were easy to shim so they’d look square and level.
More details are the new mailboxes that pick up the black accent color. The entry doors are a forest green that works well with the black accent. Other choices might have been red or mauve, but it’s a condo so forest green was our only choice. As seen in the before image, the storm door on the left is still kind of out of place; a full view door would be better so you’ll see the nice green door.
Maybe less noticeable is the paint was also freshened up, but that’s always needed to improve the appearance. That is, new stucco, doors, and trim paint. And unbelievable, we spray painted the storm door too.
Adding Some Color with Flowers
Last but not at all least was the flowers planted on both sides of the entrance, and black mulch, which makes it pop. Oh, the gardener is coming tomorrow.
These are some ideas that added a lot of pizzazz without breaking the bank either. Hope this will give you some ideas for you own front entrance project, and leave comments below. Maybe you’d like some more front entrance project ideas.