Front Door Makeover

by Shanna
7 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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  • Sissy Sissy on Feb 16, 2023

    looks fantastic and wish my doors were not metal clad . Did you also put down new flooring

  • Tricia Tricia on Feb 23, 2023

    I LOVE this transformation. I’m curious to see what the outside ends up looking like. Great job👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Amy Amy on Feb 23, 2023

    Love it!

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