From drab to fab: 4 DIY door upgrades

EElliott September 12, 2023 4:01 PM

Has your front door seen better days? Or perhaps your interior doors are just not aligning with your home's decor anymore? Fear not, for there are plenty of DIY door upgrades that can give your doors a fresh new look without breaking the bank! Let's dive into four of these DIY door upgrades right away.

Painting your door

A simple coat of paint can do wonders in transforming your door. It's a straightforward solution, but with the right color selection, it can give your door a brand new outlook. Choose a color that complements the color palette of your house for a subtle upgrade. Or, for a more daring approach, pick a bold color that makes your door stand out.

To do this, you'll need:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush and roller
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer

Here's how to go about it:

  1. Remove the door from its hinges and lay it flat.
  2. Sand the door to remove any previous paint and smoothen the surface.
  3. Apply a layer of primer and let it dry.
  4. Apply the paint using a paintbrush and roller. Let it dry and apply a second coat if necessary.

Adding mouldings to your door

Mouldings can add an architectural touch to your doors and make them look more expensive. This is an excellent idea especially for flat-panel doors that can look a bit plain. You can create different patterns using mouldings, from a simple rectangle to a more complex geometric pattern.

What you'll need:

  • Mouldings
  • Mitre saw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Painter's caulk

Follow these steps:

  1. Measure and cut the mouldings to the desired size using a mitre saw.
  2. Attach the mouldings to the door using construction adhesive.
  3. Fill any gaps with painter's caulk and let it dry. Then, paint the mouldings to match the door.

Changing the door knob

A new door knob can make a significant difference in your door's appearance. Choose a knob that matches the style you're aiming for - modern, traditional, rustic, and so on. It's a quick and easy upgrade that requires minimal tools.

Creating a faux wood finish

You can give your door a rustic look with a faux wood finish. This involves painting your door to make it look like it's made of wood. It's a bit tricky, but with patience and the right tools, you can achieve a convincing faux wood appearance.

By implementing any or even all of these DIY door upgrades, you can transform your doors from drab to fab. Not only will these upgrades improve the look of your home, but they can also boost its value. So why not give it a try?

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