How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

created at: 09/04/2012

When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.   created at: 09/04/2012The trick? She used super low-cost canvas stretcher bars from the art supply store (30¢ a foot) and attached them with 3M adhesive strips ($3.99). Continue Reading

How to Never Get Locked Out of Your House Again

Kwikset 916 Smartlock

Getting locked out of your house is a real pain. In our house, it happens almost weekly to a certain member of our family (his name begins with a 'B' and ends with a 'runo'). And while it's a great hassle to him, it unfailingly becomes an even greater hassle to everyone in his sphere. I have lost count of the number of times I've had to leave the gym, a restaurant, a glorious champagne tasting with friends to bail him out. Continue Reading

Make It: Salvaged Door Coffee Table

created at: 03/21/2012

I’ve got a joke for ya. When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar! Also? When it’s an awesome DIY coffee table! Read on to see how a $10 door became this fantastically upcycled piece of furniture.

door to coffee table makeover

For 10 bucks, Cane and Rita picked up this 5-panel door. They knew they needed 3 panels for the tabletop and 1 for each side. 

door to coffee table makeover

Their blog post takes you through the build step-by-step, including deconstructing the old door, adding a shelf and casters, and sealing the perfectly chipping paint.   Continue Reading

How to: Make a DIY Holiday Door Mat

created at: 12/05/2011Outdoor holiday decorations aren’t limited to just lights and wreaths- sometimes the festivities are found right below your feet!   Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess transformed a boring doormat into this modern, geometric holiday mat with just a few coats of paint. 

Elsie chose a gold spray paint base and free-handed her trees with craft paint for a more random design.  I love how the bristly mat gives the trees a flocked look. You can see Elsie’s before and after at A Beautiful Mess. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Faux Transom for Under $10

Faux Transom

I’m all about inexpensive updates around the house. They are far more justifiable and brag-worthy, in my opinion! Take this faux transom as an example- more light, more architectural detail, and more brownie points. See how easily it was done!   

created at: 08/24/2011

Diane at In My Own Style wanted to eliminate the negative space above her doorway, so she got one of those cheap behind-the-door mirrors from Target and jazzed it up with molding. Mounted above her doorway, it doesn’t look like a cheap mirror at all! Continue Reading

How to Make A Sliding Interior Barn Door On The CHEAP!

Killer b admits that she is impatient and cheap. I will add that she’s also very clever. My proof? Her $140 sliding barn door design, and that’s INCLUDING the hardware, which can be very expensive all on its own. How’d she do it? Well, first she used tongue and groove pine to construct the door itself. Then she rigged it up using a trolley hanger and rail. To see the entire tutorial, head on over to Killer b Design. Continue Reading

How To: Door Knob Pumpkins

created at: 10/18/2010

I have a box of door knobs in my basement. No joke. I found them on the sidewalk one morning, set out for the trash collectors, while riding my bike. They’re brass and pretty ugly, so I imagine the homeowners were updating to something more contemporary. They’ve been sitting in their box for nearly two years now, waiting for me to come up with some project to give them a second chance.

I think I found it with HowDoesShe’s doorknob pumpkin patch. Continue Reading