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.
$3 Front Door Update
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.
Dasheila on Feb 23, 2021
Did this with the vent covers. Wrote the dimensions down and carried it around until I was at our local Menards. Perfect. FYI: Found out the design I chose had an upside down/rightside up to it, so don't glue it in until you've eyeballed and noted any differences!