3 Simple Steps to Completely Change the Look of an Old Door

Don’t replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!

Don't replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!
 
 

Here we are, finally nearing the end of our farmhouse style hallway makeover. It’s been so exciting watching it all take shape!

It’s not done just yet, but we’re certainly making great progress!

Honestly, this view gets me each and every time I walk up our stairs…

DIY Farmhouse Style Trim | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

We really have come SUCH a long way…

Farmhouse Style Hallway - Before | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

Each and every inch of this old hallway made me cringe. Aside from our new carpet (which used to be linoleum before we moved in), there wasn’t really much to like.

I’ve been itching to give it a total overhaul for months now – really bring some beautiful farmhouse touches to the space. In fact, I’ve been pinning away all sorts of inspiration since the day we started to call this place home.
 

Now, there’s really no doubt that new doors can make a BIG difference to updating the look of an older home, and with six all stuck in this one little space, I knew we needed to do something about ours.

Case & point…

Farmhouse Style Hallway - Before | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

Here’s the thing, replacing six doors just wasn’t in the budget. And honestly, even if it had been, I just couldn’t justify that expense (really, there are just so many better ways to spend that kind of money!).

And so my friends, I cannot wait to show you how we saved big bucks updating our old doors with just three simple steps!

DIY Farmhouse Style Trim | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

Step one: Paint it. There’s really no better way to transform something old than with a bit of paint. It’s simple, it’s inexpensive and really, the possibilities are endless! I went with my fave warm white, Cloud White from Benjamin Moore.

You could definitely tackle this with a good old brush and roller, but I found the absolute fastest way to paint is with a good sprayer – seriously, all six doors took me just 10 minutes per coat!
 

Step two: Change out the hardware. Another quick and easy way to completely transform the look of a door is simply switching up the hardware. Now, you could choose to get really fancy with things and go with something like this {swoon}, but again, we did have a budget in mind for ours, so we chose to go with these gorgeous Schlage knobs in a classic matte black. And of course, we couldn’t change out the knobs without updating our outdated brass hinges as well (these ones are a really great value).
 

Step three: Update the trim. Going through all that work to transform your old doors won’t mean much if they’re surrounded by boring, outdated mouldings. We really made our “new doors” pop with some gorgeous (and oh so easy to DIY) farmhouse style trim (find the full tutorial here). Without it, our new doors wouldn’t look like much, but this gorgeous trim work really adds that farmhouse touch I love so much!
 

And that’s it my friends…

I really can’t believe the difference it’s made to our hallway!

DIY Farmhouse Style Trim | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Farmhouse Style Trim | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Don't replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!

Don't replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!

Don't replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!
 

And of course, I love the way our new doors fit right into our farmhouse style master bedroom!

Don't replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!

Don't replace that old door, update it in just three simple steps!
 

You can check out the full master bedroom reveal here

A lovely Farmhouse Bedroom full of all sorts of dreamy details!
 

HUGE thanks to Schlage for providing the gorgeous doorknobs you saw in this post!

*UPDATE: See how it all came together in the end with our farmhouse style hallway reveal here!

Easy ways to add some charm and character to create a beautiful farmhouse style hallway space. | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

And check out all of our DIY hallway projects below:


 
 

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
 
 

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19 thoughts on “3 Simple Steps to Completely Change the Look of an Old Door

  1. Gorgeous! I have been saying for a while I want to bulk up my door trim, I love the simply look you have for the door. Also, when I replaced the hardware on the interior doors it made such a huge difference. Probably something most overlook, but to me it changed everything!

  2. It always amazes how a coat of paint and small things like updating a trim changes the whole look. Thank you for linking up with at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

    1. Thanks Lauree! How exciting, you’re going to LOVE it! I set up a little room in our basement as it creates a ton of little particles in the air that settle, but in the summer, I just throw up some drop cloths in the garage and go to town. You could totally work outside, as long as it’s not a windy day. Happy painting!!!

      1. Where we are it is always windy. My pile of small spray-paint kept growing and growing while I waited for a calm day. I finally came up with a solution that enables me to spray-paint small projects, not doors, in the garage with NO mess.

        I bought a canvas covered garment rack for $6 at a yard sale. It was still in the package! I assembled the metal pieces and attached the wheels. Then I wrapped the whole thing in some heavy duty clear plastic, like the kind you get on a roll for putting in your crawlspace. I cut a slit for an opening in the front and put the canvas cover over the plastic.

        It is the perfect paint tent for frames, candle holders, and other smaller items I have spray-painted. Since it’s on wheels it is easy to move to a corner when not in use or even take outside if I really wanted to. The best part is I don’t have to worry about waiting for the weather to be nice to spray-paint outside or worry about making a mess.

        I should probably write a blog-post about that 🙂

  3. Wow — It’s hard to believe updating doors can make such a difference, but it really does — love it! Thanks for sharing your talent at Merry Monday. 🙂

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