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

By emily.bailey

Friday, August 16, 2019

Hollow core door makeover ideas | Schlage

Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers.

 

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Nearly every home has at least one – boring, flat-panel hollow core doors. Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers. It will look like you spent a fortune on upgrades, but you’ll know better.

1. DIY Beadboard doors

Beadboard doors work for almost any style of home. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks, who used beadboard wallpaper to achieve the look they wanted. At one-third of the price of actual beadboard, it’s worth thinking about.

 

Brittany, the Pretty Handy Girl, used molding and beadboard panels to dress up the hollow, flat doors of a rental property. She opted for panels instead of wallpaper to stand up to the rigors of rentals.

2. Panel doors for every budget

This step-by-step tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Company takes a plain slab door and turns it into a five-panel door. It looks like a million bucks but only costs $12! The black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out these door painting tips and tricks.

Create the illusion of raised panels and banish dull, flat doors with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. With just a few supplies and a bit of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
If you’re up for a project that requires a bit more advanced tools and techniques, we have something for you, too. Jenna Sue is at it again over on Remodelaholic. She updated this old, synthetic closet door by adding veneer and authentic details. Say hello to a beautiful, rustic new look.
You can also check out This Old House’s detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.

3. Windowed details

Remodelaholic showcased yet another great way to rejuvenate a hollow core door by adding glass. With some elbow grease, you can not only improve the look of the door but also add some light and beauty to an entire room. It’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate decorative glass into your home.

4. Dutch doors

What could make a door feel more different than turning it into two? Angela at Unexpected Elegance gives you a step-by-step guide to turn that slab door into a Dutch door. Be sure to choose the right hardware for your new entryway.

5. Pet doors

This one might not make your door look expensive, but it will have Fluffy feeling like a million bucks. Add a pet door, perfect for hiding litter boxes in closets, with this tutorial from First Home Love Life.

6. Sliding barn door

In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina Maria repurposed the hollow core door in her kitchen in a truly unique way. Using some imagination, careful planning and little know-how, she turned it into a sliding barn door – adding privacy while taking up minimal space.

7. Easy updates

If you’re thinking those sound great but more than you want to take on – project burnout is a real thing – then keep it simple. Rain on a Tin Roof shows us how striking a pantry door of all things can look with black paint and new hardware.

And Dream Green DIY took on an even easier approach. We’d say that Schlage lever is a huge improvement over the scratched and dinged knob originally on the door. How’s that for an elegant upgrade without a major commitment?

No matter how you give new life to your hollow core doors, remember that a refreshed set of door hardware can help complete the look. Visit the Product Selector tool on Schlage.com for help finding the perfect look for your doors. And don’t forget to find us on Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.

 

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