How to improve the look of interior doors?


All the doors in my house are ugly, someone framed them and added what I thin is a textured wallpaper to the center of them, they have several coats of paint on them and they need help. What can I do for little or no money to improve the looks of the doors and the whole house? None of the doorknob match or work.

q improve the look of interior doors

Wallpaper or whatever was added

q improve the look of interior doors

The look of the doors

  8 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 11, 2019


    If it is wallpaper in the center of the doors, you can remove it and I am listing info below on how to do that. As far as door knobs, they can be replaced or repaired, again I am listing info for that project as well. If you paint over the doors it will still have that textured look and if it isn't wallpaper it could be a textured paint they used. So the second item is how to fix that problem. The only way to get the doorknobs to match is to replace them. If they are the same style just different colors you can spray paint them.

  • Debbie Lyles Garner Debbie Lyles Garner on Apr 11, 2019

    im gonna put a stripper on mine it was teak with a million coats of oil i bet that will take all the stuff off your dooors down to the original wood

  • Gk Gk on Apr 11, 2019

    Hello Debby! That doesn't look like wallpaper on the doors. It looks like someone textured the doors with the product that is used for popcorn ceilings. The paint layers look fairly thick. I would think you could use paint stripper on the doors but I don't think it would be worth the work it would take to get it all off and then expect that your doors would look nice when you got done. Your best bet would be to paint the doors and trim a different color for an inexpensive change. If you really hate the doors then you would have to replace them.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Apr 11, 2019

    It looks like sand paint try sanding it off the door

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 11, 2019

    Hi Debby, you can remove the doors and take them outside (weather permitting) sand them and paint them a nice neutral color, or a color you really like that will match your decor. You can change the hardware easily as well.

  • William William on Apr 11, 2019

    Remove the texture and molding. Replace with better looking molding. Repair, replace, or paint the door hardware.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Apr 11, 2019

    I agree that this appears to be drywall texture. You can use a putty knife and scrape a lot of it off, then sand using sanding screen not sand paper. Another option is to overlay a very thin Luan, but I'd remove that trim and scrape as much texture as possible first.