What can I do about my Doors?? Help!

Ok Home talkers. Once again I am asking for input. My new floor is installed and looks wonderful! My wood work is painted as well as the walls. The floor is a rustic laminate with hints of gray tones. Went with gray woodwork and white walls since this is in the basement (husband's cave) Now my question is what the heck do I do with the doors. One double bi fold on the closet and two other standard doors going into other rooms. My question is what to do with the color of these? They are stained but I am open for suggestions. They are plain and not especially attractive now in this color. I have even thought about doing a gray stain. And no I can't afford new doors. HELP!

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  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 13, 2017
    find a gray tone that compliments your room white, lt. grey, dark grey
  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 13, 2017
    A gray stain, or pickling, would require stripping the doors with a stripper that says it removes stain first. Here is a video on the technique.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKt-OkS_4GA I was buying stain yesterday and minwax has a gray stain now.
  • Elaine Elaine on Jul 13, 2017
    When you say "went with gray woodwork" ... are you referring to the baseboards, that they are painted grey? Or are you meaning, perhaps, some other wood in the basement is painted gray, such as a chair rail or shiplap? If your baseboards are a white, paint all the doors the same color (white) as it always looks nice, fresh, stylish and is shown in most decor magazines.
    • Rae Rae on Jul 14, 2017
      Thanks Elaine. All the woodwork which is floor and window and door frames are what I what I painted the grey. I have considered the doors as white but they are just what I have called plain ol slab doors. I have considered the white and even looked at fixing them up with the trim shown in a pinterest video but unsure if I want to go that far. At this point I just want to get it DONE. Was fun to get this far but I am loosing my enthusiasm!
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jul 13, 2017
    A lot of magazines are showing black interior doors lately. They can be beautiful with the right colors next to them....
  • Suzette Suzette on Jul 14, 2017
    Hi Rae, If you have any flooring left, you could use that on your 2 doors and paint the other one you could paint to match! Or, they make some really nice wood look wallpapers! https://www.google.com/search?q=wallpaper+that+looks+like+wood+planks&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi52rbeiYjVAhURxCYKHcI-A70QsAQIQg&biw=1600&bih=794

    Have fun!

  • Rae Rae on Jul 14, 2017
    Thanks Suzette.
  • Rae Rae on Jul 14, 2017
    They are beautiful and if they weren't the plain slab doors this would be an option! Not sure how it would look on those.
  • Gayle Tucker Gayle Tucker on Jul 14, 2017
    Wallpaper? Unobtrusive paint color to blend, new doorknobs? Bifold could be a problem. They are just not attractive. Can you remove it and use the closet as an alcove with some shelving and a small frig for your husband's mancave? Look up barn doors on the internet. We did that in a room that had an ugly door. Husband built and hung the galvanized pipe. I stained cheap doors from Lowe's ($28 each) and then we hung with barn rollers ($40). I think it looks great and people comment on how nice they are.
  • Elaine Elaine on Jul 14, 2017
    Keep plugging away, Rae! You'll be glad you did. I also have one plain door - inside my condo foyer. I can paint the inside of it because it is considered "my property" under condo rules but the outside has to, naturally, stay the same as the other doors and is not my property. I need moulding to add interest to its flat appearance but it's difficult to get to a big-box store so I'm on the hunt for two picture frames that might fit. If found, I'll mount them on the door then paint the door (and frames) white.
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