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How to make a vintage door look like new again

By emily.bailey

Friday, October 23, 2020

How to make a vintage door look like new again

Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating your existing door instead.

 

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Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating your existing door instead. A little DIY knowledge is all you need to restyle, refinish or repurpose that old door into something special – without breaking your budget.

1. RESTYLE

Updating your door hardware is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to restyle your door. Schlage door hardware comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes so you can personalize and complement your look. Style is in the details, and this small, inexpensive upgrade is sure to make a big impact.

 

If your door needs a little more TLC, you can still keep it simple and affordable with a little paint or stain. Life on Southpointe Drive shows how to update your front door with gel stain. While some DIY experts suggest removing your door from the hinges first to limit drips, it’s not always necessary.
 

Another unique option? Milk paint. It’s a water-based paint that creates an antique, distressed look. With a variety of colors and techniques available, you can transform a tired door you don’t want guests to notice into a shabby chic statement piece worth talking about. Find more advice for painting doors and trims in DIY Tips.

 

2. Refinish

Who better than our friends at This Old House to offer up a few professional secrets for bringing a beautiful, vintage exterior door back to life? Check out their step-by-step guide that covers removing door hardware, sanding and scraping tips, hanging and finishing, and re-installing the original door hardware.

Sometimes, it’s just nice to sit back and look at all the possibilities and get some inspiration. For that, you can always count on Houzz to provide a house full of DIY tips and success stories. Interested in adding a salvaged barn door? Enamored by the original doors from a 19th Century row home? Or is shabby chic your style? The sky’s the limit.

3. Repurpose

If you do decide to replace that old door, there are lots of ways you can repurpose it. Turn it into a bookshelf, a knickknack shelf, a strikingly unique picture frame or a host of other imaginative and useful items. Don’t just think of it as an old door when it can be so much more.

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