$3 Front Door Update

3 Materials
1 Hour

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.

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.

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.

I figured out how to get the dusty, filthy backs off, then bent them back flat and cleaned them really well.

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.

I used nails at the top.

and used upholstery tacks on the bottom and spray painted them black to blend in.

Here's the end product from the outside.

I use a wreath to hide the door further.

Here is what it looks like from the inside.

I had the spray paint and upholstery tacks. Not including paint dry time, I spent an hour and $3 to update my front door.

For total privacy, I cut plastic shelf liner to the size of each window, cut a slit at the top, placed a clear Command hook above the window on the inside and hung the plastic from the hook. The plastic has some rigidity but flexible enough to push inside the window frame. I put them on at night and take them off in the morning.

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  • Carie
    on Mar 30, 2020

    Clever idea..... however I no longer have a door like that BUT...... love your wreath! 😍

    Are you going to post directions for that item too?

    Pretty please......... 😊

    • Roberta
      on Apr 5, 2020

      You can get wreaths like this at Aldi grocery stores for $19.99, but you have to watch their flyers to see when they have them.

  • Tina
    on Mar 30, 2020

    It looks really nice now with a nod to the past in the best way. Well done!

  • Elaine
    on Apr 6, 2020

    You take the plastic off in the morning?😕

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  • Lucy
    on Apr 7, 2020

    Could also use spring loaded rods and put a curtain in each slot. Hem the top and bottom and gather on the rod and no one can see in. I did this on several occasions. Easy and inexpensive.

  • Teresa
    on May 9, 2020

    Hey you did an awesome job, as long as you're happy with the results that's all that matters.

    You can get a spray paint/ product to cover the inside of the window that allows you to see out but no one can see in.

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