Sunday, August 13, 2017

Builder Grade Door Makeover - Saving $$$

We've been steadily working on our Entry Hall Makeover.  Last week I shared how we installed the wood look tile ourselves.  You can find that post HERE.
This week I'll show you how to save a lot of money and make over your builder grade door and hardware to give it a more up to date look.
That lovely brown door up above is the one I wanted to make over so it would look more 2017 than 1982!  These doors are very cheap and flimsy, but we are on a tight budget and can't afford to swap them out right now, so paint it is!
We started by removing the door and all the hardware.  Oh, the hardware is getting a make over too because yall, the new stuff is so spendy!  We have champagne taste on a beer budget! lol!
I cleaned the door really well to get all the dust and whatnot off of it, then I used a roller and some Sherwin Williams HGTV HOME high Gloss paint in Extra White that we bought at Lowe's to give the door a nice new shine.
Next, while the door was drying, I was back inside the house and painting the orange toned trim around the door.  TIP: Use foil to line your paint tray for a faster clean up.  Be sure to tape off all the areas that you do not want white paint on...like your brand new wood look tile!  I also put down my painting drop cloth, because I am a messy painter.  I like using my small angle brush and a small roller, but you can use what you're comfortable with.
Tah Dah! Looks better already!!  I love a good paint make over.  Speaking of a paint make over, if you have any ideas on what color I should paint the inside of my front door, let me know.  It can't be white any longer, it needs a lovely shade of ____________?!?!?!!!
While I was painting, I went ahead and painted the trim on the entry into the hall, it was orange toned too.  There's big Zel doing his inspection of Mama's paint job.  I think he liked it!
Remember when I said the hardware got a makeover too?  I used Rust-Oleum for metal Paint and Primer in one in Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) spray paint to match the front door hardware.
Grab a piece of cardboard first.  A handy tip to paint your screw heads, just screw all the screws into a piece of wood so they are standing up and it makes for easy painting that way.  Lay out everything else far enough apart so you can get all the sides and edges.  Tape off the working parts of the door knob because you don't want paint on that.  I also use little blocks of scrap wood to prop up the small things so I can better spray them.  Use light, thin coats.  Let each coat dry really well, don't rush it.  I used about 3 coats on each side.
I love how fresh it looks now.  Amazing what a little paint does huh?  Please join us next week when we show you a sweet trick to get perfect baseboards.  You're gonna love this one, I did! My honey is the best!

Want to see what else we've done in our Entry Hall Makeover?

Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor
Book Page Wreath 
DIY Perfect Baseboards

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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16 comments:

  1. Good job. Like all your tips. I don't usually paint. Leave that to the spousal unit to take care of.

    Not sure what color I would paint the inside of the front door. Looks like you have some red accents going on. Don't know if that would be too much for your tastes.

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    1. Thank you so much and yes, I love red, however I don't think my honey bun would go for that! lol!

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  2. How about a dark grey for the inside of the front door?

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    1. Hi Melissa! That is a great idea because our walls are a very light grey. Thank you!

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  3. Found this on the Show/Tell Link Party. Great job! Crazy how a little paint and elbow grease can make a big impact!

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    1. Thanks so much Cindy and you are right, I'm always amazed at what we can do when we try just a little bit! :)

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  4. Great job and what a difference a little paint can do!

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    1. Thank you Laurie, you are so right! :)

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  5. Great job! I am curious as to why you ran the tile across the hall and not down the hall. I read that you plan on using the same tile in the living room could that be the reason?

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    1. Thank you and yes, exactly Sylvia. We want our living room to appear longer so we chose to run the tiles the way we did in hopes that when we get around to tiling the living room, it will look longer than it is.

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  6. How about that lovely pale green that is becoming trendy? It's a gorgeous green, my front door is that colour and my fence is also painted that colour to co-ordinate! It's a pale willow type of green, gorgeous!

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    1. Oh I love green and it would work perfectly in that space. Thanks so much much Debbie!

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  7. Simply beautiful. You asked for a color? I think from the pictures you painted your walls a soft gray? Maybe two shades darker of that gray would bring contrast. But i LOVE the tile job, too. And gotta love that Lowe's gal for the extra tile tip=!!! Keep up the good work

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    1. Thanks so much Donna! Yes the walls are a very pale gray and I have actually considered a darker gray for the door so I'll keep that on my maybe list! :)

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