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How to Dress Up a Drab Door

With Some Design Creativity, Upscale Doors Need not be Expensive

© 2013 by Michelle Rebecca; All rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission

An entry door with brass kick plate, photo courtesy Michelle Rebecca

Your doors are the gateways into and within your home. The door is the first thing your guests see when visiting. Too often however, doors are neglected for the more pressing matters facing homeowners like new windows, roof repair and new appliances.

Still, if you want to make a good first impression, your door needs to look as good as the other parts of your house. Here are some simple ways to dress up a drab door.

A Lick of Paint

Low VOC paint is a decorator’s best tool because it’s the most green and frugal way to change the look of a door, a room or a home.

Here’s the chance to give your door some personality. Sure, you can paint it white or black to look just like your neighbors’ homes, but why not make it stand out? Red or green doors offer a pop of color but still look good on even the most traditional homes.

Wooden hollow-core doors will often require some light sanding work to smooth the surface and prepare the door for paint. While hollow-core doors are economical and just fine for interior applications, but entry doors should be Energy Star rated.

Clean Things Up

When was the last time you polished the brass fittings on your door? Is your mail slot sparkling? Take an hour to clean things from step to lintel and your door could look much more welcoming and inviting.

Some Modern Moldings

Have you ever seen a fancy, ornate door that you’d love to have if it weren’t for the huge price tag? You can get the same look with a little creativity and elbow grease.

Find a picture of a style you like, and head to your local home improvement store. Go the section where moldings are found to get the pieces to recreate the look. If you’re not sure which materials to use, get some advice from the employees.

This method is particularly effective for interior doors where raised panel doors are popular and easy to recreate.

Acquire Some Accessories

Sometimes, the small touches are what catch the eye. For doors, an ornate door knocker or doorknob can change the look of a door. They can range in style from fun to functional.

Create a traditional look, or go for whimsy. Interior doors would benefit from a coat hook that not only dresses up the door, but provides a functional place to hang wreathes, jewelry, or a robe.

For modern spaces, accessories and hardware look best in chrome, rubbed bronze or polished nickel.

You don’t need GPS heavy equipment trackers or power tools to make a difference in your home’s appearance. A more appealing door could be just a few hours away. It’s easy to do yourself and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

About the Author:

Michelle is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advicewith an unlimited audience.

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