Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Updating Doors

You may not think much about the doors in your home but I am--our house is a ranch built in 1948 and the doors are flat white with brassy knobs that look dated and worn. There is a simple way to update doors for very little money and it makes such a huge difference!

I plan on painting all the interior doors black or charcoal gray in a satin finish. Here are a few of my inspiration photos...
The dark color makes them look so much more expensive, right?

Here's what our doors look like now...
At least someone who lived here before us had the sense to paint them white! Originally they were probably finished with an orangery/yellow varnish typical for this era.

The door knobs are not much better...

After the doors are painted the finishing touch is the door hardware--it's like jewelry for your doors! I'm not sure which direction to go: knob or lever?
Brass or Oil Rubbed Bronze? Satin chrome or Antique Pewter? I haven't decided but I did find a great website to buy good quality knobs for less: doorknobdiscountcenter.com. I think whatever I end up with will be a huge improvement!


  1. I like the √Član in any silver finish. I can't wait to see how you transform these hollow doors. Best blog ever, Claire

  2. I laughed when I saw this post because I'm in the same situation! My house was built in 1950 and the doors and hardware are exactly the same! (Except ours is in much worse condition...rusted, stained, and almost none of the doors actually close!) Your black door example photo is gorgeous, but I don't have the guts to go that dramatic...but it certainly gives me a lot to think about.

    1. I'm actually a little scared to take the plunge and paint them black but what the heck--it's only paint!


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