How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you're on a budget

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How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you're on a budget

By emily.bailey

Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Make Your Hollow Core Doors Look Expensive | Schlage

Here are a few of our favorite budget-friendly, DIY hollow core door makeovers that will look like you spent a fortune to upgrade.

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Want to quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank? Upgrade those boring, flat panel, hollow core doors! Below are a few of our favorite DIY hollow core door makeovers that will look like you spent a fortune to upgrade. You'll hardly believe they're the same doors.

1. Paint a faux-panel

Create the illusion of raised panels with this easy tutorial from Lowe's. With just a few supplies and a short amount of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.

2. $12 panel makeover

This tutorial from Jenna Sue makes this five-panel door look like a piece of cake! Her choice of black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out our door painting tips and tricks.

3. Get the salvaged look

Of course, we couldn't resist sharing Jenna Sue's other door makeover tutorial. Using the same technique for paneled doors above with a little ingenuity, she's able to pull off another expensive look the looks stunning in her entryway. This project involves placing a layer of wood veneer down to get the stain to adhere to the door so it's a bit more of an investment but worth the effort.

4. Traditional inspiration

With just a little wood glue, trim and paint, you can give a chintzy hollow core door a traditional and elegant makeover. See the steps Teresa of Our Old Abode went through to pull it off.
This Old House put together a detailed tutorial for another traditional take on faux-panel doors. See how This Old House contributor Christopher Beidel creates a grand entrance from a blank canvas.

5. DIY beadboard door

From nautical to farmhouse, beadboard simply works for many different styles. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks.
Show us your flat panel door upgrades on Facebook and Instagram. Let us know if you're looking for the perfect finishing touch for your makeover and we'll help you choose the perfect door hardware to complete the look!
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