How To Upgrade Your Doors On Budget | DIY Tips


I remember seeing my old door giving me urge to change its look as it was too worn out. But I wanted it to have some upgrades that are cost-friendly.

If you can relate and need an upgrade of doors like me, then I’ll share the 4 ways how to upgrade doors on budget and DIY techniques.

Using the wood trims, primer, and paint will definitely make a huge impact on your boring door. Or you can change the hardware like the doorknob or frame to make it look new. Other than that, placing a 3D sticker on the door is another way of upgrading the doors.  

Without wasting further time, let me show you the directions!

4 Ways To Upgrade Doors On Budget!

If You have an old door that needs a makeover to upgrade, then here are the 4 DIY door upgrade ways which you can try to beautify the door look.   

Method 1: Replace The Door Hardware

The door hardware includes the doorknob, frame, latch, cripplers, and so on. You can aim at this stuff and change them to make the door look new.

I would also suggest changing the lighting or adding some lights to make the surface brand new.

However, if the door contains serious stipple, then it would be better to follow other techniques.

Cost Of Needed Parts:

  • Doorknob With Lock: $20 – $50.
  • Frame: $50 – $200.
  • Header: $50 – $100. 
  • Dentil Shelf: $50 – $220.
  • Door Grills: $30 – $100.  

Method 2: Use Primer & Paint

Another way you can try to renew the old door is by applying primer and paint. There are many door makeover ideas which you can find like using purple paint with a white frame or light-yellow paint with a dark grey frame.

To do that, try to cover duct tape to cover the frame and use a white-based primer. Next, dry it for 1 – 6 hours, and then apply your favorite paint using a brush or roller.

Let it dry for a day (24 hours). Then, remove the duct tape to finish the process.

Cost Of Needed Parts:

  • Paint: $30 – $70 per gallon.
  • Primer: $20 – $60 per gallon.

Method 3: Install Wood Trims

Adding wood trims to the plain door is one of the best things you can do to transform the old door’s appearance. 

You may need to get strong wood strips like the Pllieay 60 Pieces Bamboo Sticks or cut the wood to craft these using a miter saw.

Then, follow the given steps:

  1. Take all wood strips or trims and shape them into squares. 
  2. Use strong adhesive on the edges of wood strips. Let it dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  3. Measure the door and mark where you want to stick it on the door. You can add more than 1 after marking the spots. 
  4. Apply the glue on the back of square shape wood strips and attach them to the marked spot. 
  5. Attach duct tapes on 4 sides so that it doesn’t move.  
  6. Do the same thing on other market spots and let them dry. 
  7. After 40 minutes, remove the duct tape from all square strips. Done!

Cost Of Needed Parts:

  • Wood Trims: $10 – $120.
  • Strong Glue: $2 – $50.

Method 4: Insert The Door Sticker

Using the door sticker is one of the easiest additions you insert which not only costs less but also save time and effort.

Let me show how:

  1. Take out the door handle using a screwdriver.
  2. Clean the surface if it contains grim using any cleaner.
  3. Hold the sticker in position and start taping on the 4 edges. If you need help, call your friend or family member.
  4. Slowly peel off the upper portion of the sticker.
  5. Use a plastic scraper to get rid of the air bubble.
  6. Cut the hole in the doorknob and install it.

Cost Of Needed Parts:

  • Sticker: $10 – $140.
  • Plastic Scrapper: $5 – $20.

That’s How To Maintain Door & Save Money On Upgrade.

After doing the makeover, you should know how to upkeep it in order to avoid future expenses. Keep on reading to find the advice:

Daily Cleaning.

  1. Take a lint-free cloth and dip it into the baby shampoo or water solution. 
  2. Rub the door from top to bottom avoiding the metal parts. 
  3. With a clean cloth, wipe out the water and let it dry naturally. 
  4. Be sure to do the same thing once a week.

Polish The Door.

  1. Grab a polisher based on your need (polyurethane for watertight surface, wax-based for glossiness, varnish for UV resistance, and lacquer for matte finish). 
  2. Take a brush and dip it into the polisher. 
  3. Gently wipe the door like you normally paint. 
  4. Let it sit there for 20 to 60 minutes to dry well.

Use Oil On Hinges, Knob, & Lock.

  1. Take a small brush and wet it with oil. 
  2. Rub the oil on the hinges, knob, and lock system.
  3. Keep on doing it once a month. 

For Your Information: A door with care will last for around 20 to 30 years.

Wrap Up

As the door is a highlighted part in a house, it has to be good in appearance with no visible flaws.

I hope the given methods and tricks to take care of it helps you to find the answer about how to upgrade doors on budget.

I hope you try one of any methods in order to makeover the door and enjoy the results without spending much. Good Luck!

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