Who's there? A cheap, dull front door that's been driving me nuts ever since I moved in!
I've been living in my Chicago apartment for a little more than two years now, which has given me plenty of time to make it look and feel like my home. Even on a tight budget, I've managed to add some pizzazz to my bare-bones place. Every time I see a piece of expensive furniture or home decor item I just know I can DIY, I snap a photo of it with my phone and attempt to recreate it with cheaper materials at home.
I've found painting the walls or a banged up piece of furniture is one of the cheapest and most dramatic ways to change a room. Panting my walls was the first thing I did when I moved in, and it instantly added a personal and cozy touch... but the dang front door is still a flat, blank plank of wood. If I had it my way, I'd tear it out and add a beautiful heavy door with decorative panels, but of course, this plan is not within my budget.
I don't now why it never occurred to me to treat my door like a piece of old furniture and renew it with some fresh paint. It's such a simple (and cheap!) way to improve its appearance while adding a pop of color to my room. When I saw this blog post from Merideth & Gweneth, the New Yorkie, suddenly everything clicked. This clever gal painted her New York studio apartment door a bright pink and gave it faux panels. It is amazing, and I think even I, with zero handy-woman experience, can pull it off.
Here's how you can transform a flat, boring door from eyesore to showstopper. All you need is a paint brush, painters tape and Benjamin Moore Paint (Save $5 on any gallon of Benjamin Moore premium paint or stain!)
- Mark a spot 5 inches down from the top of the door and 5 inches in from the side of the door with the hinges.
- Mark another spot 5 inches down from the top of the door and 5 inches in from the side of the door without the hinges.
- Connect the two dots with wide painters tape. Use a level to make sure it's straight.
- Create another straight horizontal line about 2/3 of the way down from the top of the door.
- Connect the two lines to create a rectangle.
- Create a second rectangle for the bottom of the door using the same technique as the first rectangle.
- Once you have two rectangles, put a thin layer of painters tape right next to the thick layer of tape on the inside of both rectangles.
- Then, put another thin layer of painters tape next to that, and peel off the first layer of painters tape to create a double line design.
- Using a ruler, mark the areas where excess tape reaches beyond the lines creating the rectangles.
- Peel back the tape and cut along the lines; do this until all the lines have perfect edges.
- Cover the door's hardware and trim with painters tape.
- Paint on a coat of Benjamin Moore paint (get a coupon!)
- Let dry and then paint on a second coat.
- Let dry and then peel off the tape.