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A New Mid-Century Modern Inspired Exterior Door

The front hallway is looking sooooo good these days, thanks to our new mid-century modern inspired exterior door!

The Linea by Standard Doors

Last year I asked you to weigh in on my door dilemma: paint the existing door (which Hubs and I didn’t love), save up for an expensive, mid-century modern inspired exterior  door that we did love, or buy an affordable replacement that was better, but not perfect.

Here’s the door we had:

White builder's basic exterior door

At the time, I had a voting widget embedded in the post and 75% of you thought I should just paint the existing door, while 20% said keep questing (although some of you cheated and said paint the door and keep questing).  There were some great comments too, with some excellent ideas, and I am so thankful for the sound advice.  In the end, I took your advice and painted our existing door aqua, using Beauti-Tone’s Cyan Sky (C13-3-0681-4).

Paint a boring front door aqua

Paint was a fabulous, budget-friendly way to spruce up the old door.  In a bright and cheery shade of aqua, it already made me smile, but I have to admit that we still didn’t love it.  As luck would have it, I recently had the opportunity to partner with a Canadian home improvement store to help our little lake house make a better first impression.

Although we lived with the aqua-painted original door for about a year, these days we’re greeted by this mid-century modern inspired exterior door:

The Linea by Standard Doors

You’ll never guess where this mid-century modern inspired exterior door from…

Home Hardware!  Canadians, are you a little surprised?  I kept ogling Crestview Doors, thinking that was the only option for an exterior door with mid-century style.  I was so wrong!  The floor models at our local Home Hardware store are very traditional, but once we started to peruse catalogs for special order doors, we found a bevy of modern exterior doors, including the door we ordered – the Linea, by Standard Doors.  (It’s from the Sophistica Collection).

The Linea by Standard Doors

The Linea has the mid-century feel we wanted, plus it lets a lot of light into our formerly dark and windowless hallway.  The glass is deceptive because it actually provides a lot of privacy by completely blurring any shapes more that a foot or so away from the door.  It actually rates a 9/10 for privacy in the brochure.  So although you can tell from outside if someone is standing right in front of the door, you can’t see what (or who) is inside the house from outside.

Exterior door with windows and privacy glass

It was professionally painted, courtesy of Home Hardware, using Beauti-Tone‘s Cyan Sky.  I liked the original shade of aqua from Beauti-Tone so much that I wanted to use it again for this door.  It was painted with an alkyd (oil) primer, followed up with a trim and door topcoat, from Home Hardware.

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We had already replaced the old door hardware with a nice brushed silver knob and lock set, so we just moved that over to the new door.

Aqua door

The hallway has seen a lot of changes: we’ve painted the walls and trim white, updated the light fixtures, thermostat and smoke detectors, and also the door hardware.  It’s a much brighter, happier space now!  Some more changes might be on the horizon, though, because we’ve considered replacing the linoleum floor in the entry (and kitchen, laundry room, and powder room).  We originally thought we’d put it off until we renovate those spaces and we invest in something like tile or concrete, but it’s been driving me nuts so we’ve been looking at affordable options for the interim.

Modern exterior door with three glass panels

What a difference a door makes!

Thanks to Home Hardware for providing the Linea door and the Beauti-Tone paint.  I really shouldn’t be surprised that I found something so stylish at Home Hardware because that’s also where we purchased the fabulous green glass vessel sink in the townhouse – we were so smitten with it, we drove to a neighboring town to purchase it!



  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    August 31, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    love that door! the color and style are awesome!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 31, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks Cassie! I'm so thrilled with it – the hall is SO bright now, I love it!

  2. Mac n' Janet
    August 31, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Love the color and the design.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 31, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks! I'm so happy I could find a door with mid-century style – in Canada!

      • Nina Vinakovsky
        February 16, 2021 / 6:22 pm

        Hi, Tanya. GH may 2020, page 57, hallway renovation. Please recommend the cubbies, and the art sourses. Ty.

  3. Jo
    August 31, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    It's BEAUTIFUL! Just a wee bit jealous!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 31, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Awww, thanks! If it helps, I have a ton of very ugly problems still to deal with. This is just one slice that looks good, haha.

  4. misskrys
    August 31, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    love the door. and love that table – where did it come from??

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 31, 2015 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks! That little table/stool came from an online shop, Natural Wood Decor. I've got more photos of it and links here:'ve had it for over a year and I'm still in love. It's so handy for our small hallway and sturdy enough (it's a solid chunk) that giant Szuka Sweetie doesn't knock it over when we go outside-outside-outside, lol.

  5. Ann. B
    August 31, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Tanya, amazing the difference a door makes. I'd love to put a door like that with all the light streaming from outside into our dark entrance way, unfortunately we live in a strata. I am though, having the exterior of our door professionally painted a colour similar to yours but perhaps a bit greener. You don't realize what you've started in my house. I'm not as brave as you but I do have pockets of aqua/teal throughout. Thanks once again for being an inspiration.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 31, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Ooo, I'm excited that you're painting your door aqua! Pretty much any shade is beautiful, I can't wait to see (I'm hoping you'll show me on Instagram). I'm hope that the pockets of aqua and teal in your house make you as happy as they make me 🙂

  6. Michelle
    August 31, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    It looks fantastic and I absolutely LOVE the colour! All that light streaming in makes such a difference! We changed our front door recently with pre made window inserts which were added to the original door. Saved us a lot of bucks!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 31, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      The window inserts are such a genius idea!

  7. sadie
    August 31, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    I have a selfish question – do you know if that door is available in the US? 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 1, 2015 / 3:06 am

      Good question! I'm not sure, but it looks like standard doors I based in Canada. BUT there's a company caller Therma-tru (I believe that's how it's spelled) which is based in the States and they make a nearly identical door. If you Google: "retrorenovation midcentury front door" you'll find an article on retrorenovation that links to those doors and a few other midcentury mod styles available in America. Let me know if you end up finding a great one!!

  8. Dora C
    August 31, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    The door looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the color you choseDora

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 1, 2015 / 3:06 am

      Thanks Dora! I definitely narrowed in on their brightest aqua, haha.

  9. Nikki
    September 1, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    I love that door! The color, the windows, the hardware–everything about it is absolutely lovely. The dog is pretty lovely, too.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 2, 2015 / 2:41 am

      Thanks!! she always needs to investigate when I'm taking photos, haha. She'll come right up and stare at me, or saunter in front. She's a fan of the photobomb, but I love her hanging around so close I just roll with it. We'll say she's there for scale 😉

  10. Crystal Atkins
    September 1, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    I love the power of paint! It's such an affordable way to make so-so decor pretty fabulous.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 2, 2015 / 2:42 am

      Agreed! I see so many paint makeovers online but I can never get enough! Cabinets, walls, trim, furniture, doors…paint can update anything.

  11. brikhouse2
    September 2, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Looks awesome!! So bright and fresh looking!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 2, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks! It goes without saying that the colour is good, right?? 😉

    • brikhouse2
      September 4, 2015 / 8:10 pm

      Without a doubt! #teamturquoise

  12. Earl Mark
    August 25, 2016 / 2:08 am

    What a great paint job you did there. It looks as though you bought the door that way or hired a professional to do it. I really like the color. Normally, I don't like the bright modern feel some houses have but from looking at your hallway, I'd say it fits perfectly. The difference between before and after is staggering.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      August 25, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you!

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