• Welcome to all our stories about products and ideas to renovate the exterior of your home and add curb appeal -- in retro style.
    Whenever we see an exterior product -- paint colors, fencing, awning, etc. -- that may have good potential for your Retro Renovation exterior, we write about it. We also have idea and inspiration stories here from reader homes. This archive section shows all my curb appeal resources in reverse chronological order. Importantly, though: If you are looking for something specific, check out the SUB-CATEGORY pages in the drop down / navigation above. Good luck!

    9 mid-century modern exterior door styles from Simpson Doors


    If you are on the hunt for an appropriate front door for your mid century home, we’ve got some more goo news for you. Reader Mitch has clued us in on another source for retro styled front entry doors — new from Simpson Door Company — whose Colonial ranch style doors we recently profiled. Thanks […]

    Paint colors for Allison’s 1967 Seattle embankment ranch house


    Reader Allison is excited to jazz up the front of the 1967 house she moved into last summer. She’s not afraid to give the house a bold new look, but isn’t sure exactly where to begin when choosing a new color scheme for her exterior. She need to take into consideration” (1) the coloring of […]

    Retro Design Dilemma — Paint colors for Laurie’s 1966 brick ranch house


    Reader Laurie has been hard at work fixing up her 1966 ranch house. She’s been working to get the interior painted and clean up the yard and even found new mid-century style doors at Lowe’s and had them installed. Now Laurie is ready to pick paint colors for her front door and trim. She has […]

    A new source for mid century modern front entry doors, made of wood, in the USA

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    Pam’s recent story – Make your own, affordable door-lite kits for your front entry doors – was a first response to all the messages we received after Crestview Doors changed their business model, discontinuing their popular door-lite kits and dramatically increasing their prices on their custom-built doors. Yes, with some effort and persistence, you can install […]

    New Old Stock early production Don Featherstone flamingos


    Dear Husband and I drove over to Northampton last weekend for a “date Saturday.” Activities included visiting one of my favorite people in retroworld — Retro Genie, who owns a delightful vintage shop on Strong Avenue. While we were chatting away like chatterboxes, she remembered all of a sudden, excitedly, “Oh, I need to show […]

    Make your own, affordable door-lite kits for your front entry doors

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    Crestview Doors has temporarily discontinued their door-lite kits. I received a number of emails from readers about this change, and also about the company’s recently announced price increases for fully constructed doors with doorlites. As an example, in May we priced a Nokona door with reeded glass, prehung, delivered, at $769. Last month, the company […]

    Barbra installs mid century style front doors from Therma-Tru’s new line


    When reader Barbra bought her 1959 ranch home in 2010, she was in love with all of its original features — except one. The main entry doors were glass sliders that could not be unlocked from the outside — forcing her to use the side entry to come and go. The sliding glass doors were […]

    Mid century modern chicken coop

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    Yesterday we took a look at the mid century modern style playhouse that Cool Dad Luke built for his kids. Alas and alack, the chickens were envious, so Luke gave them their own little mid century modern chicken coop to match. Yes, I gotta say it: This retro chicken coop is surely a design to […]