Front Door Makeover

3 Materials
6 Hours

We have a very basic, plain front door that needed an update. Because exterior doors are expensive, we decided to update it with items we had on hand. I even built a dentil shelf.


I really wanted to make this door look more expensive. I was able to update it using items I already had.

Adding a Dentil Shelf

I made this dentil shelf from a scrap piece of 1 x 2 and 2 x 2 I had laying around. I fastened it to the door using 2 inch nails and my nail gun.

Adding Trim

I used pieces of basswood strips that were 1/8 inch thick and 3 x 24 inches. I used E6000 glue to attach them to the door.

Adding a Mirror

I wanted to add the illusion of a window to the door using this arched mirror I had.

Adding the Window (Mirror)

I painted the mirror white to match the door then hung the mirror on the door using the existing D-ring hooks and screws.


I then painted the entire door in Antique White from Glidden. I used a satin finish.


I’m so in love with how this turned out. Using just things I had around my house I was able to give this door new life. Now to do the outside!!

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  • Jaggwire
    on Apr 13, 2020

    I, too, had to do a double-take on the mirror "window." Clever and stunning.

    I also love the shower caddy repurpose on the wall (as well as the armoire).

    Beautiful space--so bright and airy. Love it!

    • Hohn
      on Apr 17, 2020

      Wow!!!! Keep those creative ideas comming because they are awesome!

  • Lisa Fauerbach
    on Apr 27, 2020

    Love it!! Brilliant job!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️

  • Lynette Summerill
    on Apr 28, 2020

    Perfect! The new door adds so much charm. Great job.

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