How to Update Doors

Written by erinn valencich - home expert
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How to Update Doors
Update Doors

Doors are often the most overlooked architectural elements in a home. In many apartments or homes built in the '70s through '90s, the doors are just plain, boring flat slabs or wood toned, which can make the space look and feel dated. Updating your doors is easier than you think, however-and with a little creativity-your doors can add architectural and design interest to your home. Here are some tips.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Hardware
  • Wallpaper
  • Frosted film

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    Paint the door. It sounds easy, and it is! Painting an average door will take about 20 minutes per side. Just make sure that you use a high-gloss paint and keep moving; you must work quickly to avoid an area drying, so continually work the wet areas, moving back and forth along the door. Now, what color you might ask. Well, white is classic-but if you're thinking of a front door-why not red, teal or yellow? I also love to paint doors black and leave the molding around them white-for a look that's classic, chic and looks great in any home.

    How to Update Doors
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    Change out the hardware. There are many different styles of door knobs out there, so why stick with plain and boring? Getting rid of those old brass handles can do wonders for the appearance of the doors.

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    Wallpaper the insets. You may need only one roll, so you can splurge on a great paper that you really love! If you have a door with two or three panels, this is a really nice look. It is also a fun way to add interest to the inside of a closet door or a door that is open all the time.

    How to Update Doors

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a clear glass door, you can add a frosted film or film with an etched pattern to add privacy or a bit of style.

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