$3 Front Door Update

3 Materials
$3
1 Hour
Easy

We have a very old front door that needs to be replaced. But like many home owners, the desire to make upgrades and our budget doesn't always align. I also very much disliked that anyone at my door could easily peer inside.
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I've tried a few things to make the door look better and obscure the view. Below I used cloverleaf aluminum sheet, spray painted it black and taped it to the inside the door. It was an improvement but kept falling off the door.
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I thought a metal design in black would be great but probably pricey. Then it occurred to me a floor register might fit. I priced them and really didn't want to spend nearly $50 on 3 registers especially since I wasn't sure it would work. As luck would have it, I found three very abused registers for a dollar each at the Restore.
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I figured out how to get the dusty, filthy backs off, then bent them back flat and cleaned them really well.
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I spray painted the registers black and spent about 15 minutes figuring out how hang them in the little windows on the door. I didn't want to glue them so that I could easily take them off to clean the windows when needed.
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I used nails at the top.
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and used upholstery tacks on the bottom and spray painted them black to blend in.
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Here's the end product from the outside.
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I use a wreath to hide the door further.
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Here is what it looks like from the inside.
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I had the spray paint and upholstery tacks. Not including paint dry time, I spent an hour and $3 to update my front door.
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  • Carol Bridges
    on Jun 28, 2018

    There is a film that allows you to see out but no one can see in. A peep hole is good. They have them that allows 180° vision. No one can See you when you look out!! That kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it!! Who are these people sending advice?? I get paid for my beautiful work. Good advice is free.

  • Carol Bridges
    on Jun 28, 2018

    There is a film that allows you to see out but no one can see in. A peep hole is good. They have them that allows 180° vision. No one can See you when you look out!! That kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it!! Who are these people sending advice?? I get paid for my beautiful work. Good advice is free.

    • Susan
      on Jan 9, 2019

      I just used a white frosted spray paint. It let the light in but completely obscured anyone seeing in.

  • Anne-Marie
    on Jan 2, 2019

    What is a 'floor register' please?

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