A ho-hum door can become a conversation piece with a few coats of chalkboard paint. It's a project you can finish in a weekend, including drying time, so by Monday, you’ll be chalking poetic.
The Style Files
Send your door right into the third dimension with the addition of some molding.
Stencils are a wonderful way to adorn your entry, whether you choose a few small designs or a pattern that covers the entire door. This stencil from Royal Design Studio was applied using an off-white latex paint, followed by a light layer of stain to give an antiqued look.
Related: DIY Wall Stenciling
With a decal, in just minutes you can have a door that makes a strong statement. This vinyl sticker from Cool Wall Art is designed to fit a standard door, but there’s no reason you couldn't use it on a wall too.
Sometimes the simplest ideas give you the biggest bang for your buck. These “legs crossed” stickers, available on Amazon, are sure to give your bathroom guests a chuckle.
Today’s wallpaper goes way beyond your grandmother’s florals. With a seemingly unlimited selection of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, once you've dressed your door with wallpaper, you may find yourself itching to cover the walls as well.
Wow Wallpaper Hanging
These boldly painted blue doors have been carefully detailed with upholstery nails to create the illusion of panels. To create your own nailed trim, first plan out your design with blue painter's tape, and then use a hammer and awl to start a hole for each nail.
If you want a space to look larger, an array of small mirrors on the door can do the trick. Mirrors are also believed to maximize a room’s feng shui by shifting the flow of energy and creating a sense of calm.
Distressed furniture continues to be one of the most popular interior design trends. But though the look is rustic and "cheap," the price tag for antique finishes is anything but. Fortunately, you can take matters into your own hands by distressing a door yourself in a DIY minute.
The House of Smiths
Without having to do anything to a door's surface, you can dramatically transform it with a new handle. When you spring for the new knob, consider replacing the door hinges as well; the old ones may show their age next to a shiny new piece of hardware.
Related: How To: Install Door Hardware
Even if you've got your heart set on hardwood flooring, it's worth considering the alternatives. Sometimes, materials that only look like wood can be just as good as—or even better than—the real thing. Explore your options now!