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Back Door Entry REVEAL

July 8, 2015

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Happy Monday, friends!  I am so excited that our back door entry makeover is finally complete!  It's REVEAL DAY!  Hopefully, you already read Part I of our back door entry makeover.  If not, you will definitely want to check that out because in it I share a full tutorial for making the DIY “home” state wood plaque, that I am in love with.  For those of you who are here looking for where I purchased certain things, check out the source list below.  This post contains affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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Now, before I show you all the pretty photos, let me remind you what we started with.  In a nutshell, our back door entry was an unwelcoming disaster area.  The exposed utility boxes were atrocious.  We finally decided to do something about it because we use our back door more than our front door!  Most of our guests are good friends and family, so we always say, “Just park in the driveway and come to the back door.”  Plus, Joe and I always enter our house either through the back door or the garage, so we see the back door entry all the time.

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The light fixture was worn out and too small for the space.  And the address numbers were too small and too traditional for the contemporary architecture of our home.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

The biggest improvement we made was to build this gorgeous, contemporary wood screen to hide those utility boxes.  I will be sharing the full tutorial for how we built later this month on Remodelaholic!  We absolutely love how it turned out!

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

We also purchased and hung a new light fixture and added larger, more contemporary floating address numbers to the wood screen.  And of course, we hung the “home” state wood plaque, the tutorial for which you can find here.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

We also added a colorful new outdoor rug in front of the door and awesome concrete planter that I found at Target.  I filled the planter with Creeping Jenny and a weeping pussy willow tree {not currently in bloom–it's gorgeous when it is in bloom!} and am so thrilled with the color and life it adds to our entry area.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

I also found this stunning faux succulent wreath at Target and hung it on the door with the most amazing clear command hooks I have ever found–they are made just for hanging things on windows and I can't believe how well they work.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

We also pulled over an extra chair that we had sitting on the larger part of the deck–it's the perfect place to sit when we let our sweet dog, Titan out, or when we are cooking on the grill.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

The only down side to our back door entry makeover is that now our deck looks EVEN worse than it did before.  SIGH.  Not to worry, we hope to completely re-do the deck in the Spring!

Now, you all know I cannot resist a good “before” and “after” comparison, so here goes!

BEFORE

BEFORE

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

WOW! What a transformation! This back door entry went from being an eye sore to stunning and welcoming. Full reveal by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

AFTER

What do you think of the transformation?  Do you have utility boxes mounted to a less than ideal area of your house?  What solution have you come up with for hiding them?

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  3. Beverly says:

    Your wood screen is beautiful. But how do the utility people access the panels when they need to? Example: Reading the electric meter, checking the wiring box when there is a problem with cable or phone.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Beverly! They can actually read the meter right through the slats. And if there is a problem, we can easily remove it, as it is hanging on a cleat system. I hope that helps and thank you!

  4. […] Hi friends!  Just popping in to let you know that the DIY wood screen to hide utility boxes that you saw in the recent REVEAL of our back door entry makeover is up on Remodelaholic today.  Head over to Remodelaholic for all the details and plans for how to make a DIY wood screen for yourself.  It would also be nice to hide pool equipment or even trash cans!   And if you haven’t already checked out the full reveal of our back door entry, you can find that here! […]

  5. Kathryn A. Agruso says:

    What a monumental change. Such great ideas!!

  6. Sherry Fram says:

    Looks fantastic! Love the screen!

  7. DebbieE says:

    Wow! That is amazing! I am breathless!

    What did you do with the wires that went up to your overhang

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie! We channeled out a piece of wood to cover the wires and painted it the same color as the house–full tutorial coming soon!

  8. Jean says:

    Love how you covered up the wires on the side of the house, too. They always bug me and seem to stand out like a sore thumb. Looks very welcoming.

  9. What a completely brilliant solution!!! Looks fabulous!!!

  10. JoDi says:

    Love the updates! That screen is gorgeous, and I love that it is removeable.

    I’ve never seen house numbers on the back of a house before so I’m curious about whether they’re just for decor or if you’re required to have them.

  11. Samantha says:

    Huge transformation! That screen is genius! Love it all!

  12. What a great idea! I’ve been loving the look of horizontal fences and screens lately and yours is simply gorgeous. The stain and new address labels are perfect!

  13. Mary says:

    isn’t it a great feeeling to have a project complete and turn out to your liking? I Just recently finished our front door area and it is satisfying. Your hard work looks great!

  14. Kristi says:

    It looks SOOOO great Tasha! That new screen really does make all the difference!!! BRILLIANT!

  15. Jacqueline W says:

    This looks gorgeous, but how do you make sure that the utility company can read your meter?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Jacqueline! We attached the screen to our house using a cleat system, so all we have to do it lift it off when we need to. That said, our meter readings aren’t done manually around here anyway, so we haven’t had to remove it for anything yet!

  16. Silly question: what do you do when there is a “meter read?” thanks!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Great question, Deanna! We attached the screen to our house using a cleat system, so all we have to do it lift it off when we need to. That said, our meter readings aren’t done manually around here anyway (at least not regularly), so we haven’t had to remove it for anything yet!

  17. LeeAnn says:

    How will the meter readers read your meters??

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi LeeAnn! We attached the screen to our house using a cleat system, so all we have to do it lift it off when we need to. That said, our meter readings aren’t done manually around here anyway (at least not regularly), so we haven’t had to remove it for anything yet!

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