Use Hollow Core Doors for Home Decor

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3 Hours

A few years ago my husband and I wanted to create some over-sized art to add a pop of color to our home decor. We priced out canvases and decided they were too expensive. At a trip to Home Depot, we spotted plain hollow core doors and a decision was made! These would be our “canvases” . My husband got creative with paint and made Jackson Pollock inspired art pieces. This time I tried a different way to use them! You can see more of my crafts and creations here.

I began this project by sanding the edges of my door and painting it with a high gloss white paint. I used a roller good for smooth finishes. The doors I used for this project were 30″ x 80″ unfinished hollow core doors which are available at most home warehouse stores.  

I eventually applied two coats of paint to my door. For this project it was unnecessary to paint the back of my door.  

Time for the magic! I used this tropical leaves on a pink background wallpaper. I attached the wallpaper per the instructions that came with it. The wallpaper was 18″ wide and I chose to add it as a stripe up the middle of the door as opposed to covering the entire door, which would have also been an option. 

I wrapped the wallpaper over the ends of the doors for a tidy finish to them.  

Time to attach my doors to the wall above the twin beds in the room I am re-decorating for my granddaughters. There are numerous ways to attach the doors to the wall. I rested my doors on the floor and since my exterior walls are concrete block I used a heavy duty Velcro with adhesive.  “L” brackets would work for this also, especially if you wanted to raise your doors up higher on the wall.  

When I made the bed in coordinating linens, the door takes on the look of a headboard. This was just the look I was going for and I can’t say enough about how easy these hollow core doors are to work with. I would love to have you stop by my blog,   Celebrate & Decorate for the full tutorial as well as sign up for my latest creations, posts, recipes, exclusives, and more...

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  • Barbara Brookie White Barbara Brookie White on Mar 12, 2019

     Excellent idea! Do you think the doors would hold up for an outdoor sign?

  • Sherris Sherris on Mar 13, 2019

    How about cutting the door in half first?

  • CJ CJ on May 10, 2019

    I have a CA king bed. Thinking of doing this length wise and making a headboard.

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  • Ellen Ellen on Apr 13, 2022

    I love this idea; I imagine you could have used fabric on the doors as well.

    • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Apr 13, 2022

      Absolutely! It was just that Pottery Barn had this wallpaper that matched the pillows and throws!

  • Norm Duffy Norm Duffy on Apr 13, 2022

    Beautiful,gives me an idea for my bedroom, also spare rooms,thankyou!!