Looking to update the doors in your home? Here’s how to make a builder grade door look custom for under $10. Step-by-step instructions included.
If you have read this blog for a while, I just wanted you to know something.
I adore you.
Not like a little adore.
As in full-fledged nomination for reader of the year.
And when you look back at the archives of this blog, let’s be honest. Sometimes there’s an amazing post that shows up like today where we are about to discuss how to make a builder grade door look custom for under $20.
There is a WHOLE LOT OF RANDOMNESS going on around here.
Have you ever wondered?
Where does it all come from?
Behind title full of foreshadowing entitled “thoughts and ideas.”
This is where all the randomness that is me eventually finds a home.
In the kitchen in a drawer, I keep a notebook of things that I intend to blog about one day. Blog post ideas and things that make me smile and projects I wish I were talented enough to make someday and observations that make me wonder why the world is round instead of square.
And those ideas go in here. They have to because I discovered within two weeks of writing the blog that my brain wasn’t big enough and if I didn’t record them somewhere, those fleeting thoughts became just that….fleeting. So I started writing them down and now I have pages and pages and pages of ideas.
Pages of ideas like how to make a builder grade door look custom for under $20.
Because when I stared at those doors so long that they eventually made the notebook.
I think I wrote them down on page 235. Just kidding. Who has that many pages in a notebook?
It was page 228 🙂
And here’s how we completed the project.
how to make a builder grade door look custom
Step 1: paint doors
We painted these doors Extra White SW 7006.
It’s my go-to trim color in a satin or semi-gloss finish.
Step 2: mark off with tape
In order for this project to work for your door, you have to be able to visualize it.
I used painter’s tape to create the look of panels on the door.
There are so many different ways to shape the panels, but I like the idea of two simple rectangles on either side of the door knob area.
We just moved the tape around until it looked right.
I just wanted to be able to see what the panel would look like on the door before we added the molding.
It was time to make a builder grade door look custom.
Step 3: add molding
We create the look with this molding that we got at Lowe’s.
It came as plain wood and we primed and painted it before installing it on the door.
It’s such a pretty molding with three layers of detailing that create the custom look.
My husband simply followed the lines of the tape.
Then he mitered the corners and attached it to the door with finish nails.
We debated just gluing it with wood glue, but attached a few finish nails to hold it in place.
Step 5: caulk and paint
Caulk is your friend with this project.
It hides all the imperfections and makes the door look seamless.
Add a little wood putty to the holes left behind by the finish nails before you paint, too.
After you finish the prep work, paint the door.
Here are the finished doors.
Don’t they look so much better?
And it only cost us under $20 for the molding.
Did you notice anything missing?
These are the doorknobs I chose.
They are slightly golder than they appear in this picture.
I love the rectangle back and the round knob and they were much more affordable than so many that I looked at.
We actually didn’t paint the inside of the closet because….well.
These scissors drawings have been on this door for as long as I can remember growing up. Before it was my closet, back when it was my mother’s closet.
I just couldn’t paint over them.
They make me smile every time I open this closet for a pair of shoes.
Custom closet doors.
And I’ve crossed off another idea from the pages of the notebook.
Only 230 more bits of randomness to go 🙂
PS If you are looking for another fun closet idea to transform your closet doors, here’s one of my favorites.