It is difficult to find many home owners who would consider their interior doors to be furniture, let alone focal points. For the majority of home owners doors are purely functional, providing protection from unwanted guests or acting as room divides.

These two roles are what doors were designed to do; however with a little bit of love and attention doors can be updated to room transforming pieces of art. What’s more is that you more than likely have 3, 4 or more in your home already, so can make the updates suggested within this article with little to no expense.

This article outlines some of the key techniques I use to turn boring interior doors in to pieces of furniture. All are relatively straight forward but results are pretty dramatic. Prepare to never look at an interior door in the same way again…

Stickers

Stickers for doors

Mention of stickers to me immediately conjures images of a child’s room and hundreds of small reflective types plastered everywhere. Nothing could be further from these door stickers. A number of different companies are now producing full size custom door stickers, covering the entire door area. More impressive than size are the scenes they portray; from castle turrets to ancient libraries there is a sticker out there suitable for any room.

Staining

Door Staining

Wood stain isn’t solely reserved for your exterior fence and does in fact come in a variety of shades other than brick red. There are actually a number of different wood stain companies that specialise in interior wood stains and as such have a large variety of colours. Wood stain is great if you have an older wooden door and want to change the colour whilst keeping the grain.

Stripping doors

Stripping Doors

Stripped doors are great for a couple of reasons. Firstly if you have a nice heavier piece of wood the natural finish can look amazing, secondly because a lot of the time you will need to strip the door prior to applying a different finish. Some doors look a lot nicer stripped than others, you may find that different doors in your house may require different finishes. My general rule of thumb is the older the door the better it will look stripped. Door manufacturers don’t use the same quality of wood as they once did, so if you really want the unfinished look you may need to buy a used door.

Distressing Doors

Painting doors

The distressed look for all furniture is one of my favourites. It typically only works however if the room into which the door is facing has that ‘shabby chic’ feel to it. Distressing a door is slightly more work than the other techniques as it requires both painting and ‘distressing’. Once you are happy with the paint layers (you can use more than one to get a layered effect) you can take sandpaper and tools to the door, how distressed you make it is up to you. It is a slightly addictive process though, so be prepared to never look at another piece of wood furniture in the same way.

Painting doors

Painting doors

In a similar way to staining the door needs to be stripped and sanded prior to being painted. Paint allows you to tie the door in directly with the colour scheme of the room it faces into. Paint also allows you to create a accent piece out of the door by using complimentary but bold colours. Consider also tying in the skirting board and the frame with the door to create a clever design angle.

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