Giving Your Interior Doors A New Lease Of Life

It is fair to say that there are a few parts of a home that are frequently overlooked and interior doors are one of them. When redecorating and changing their interior design, lots of homeowners will forget all about their interior doors and replacing them doesn’t even cross their mind. In fact, the majority of homeowners have never replaced the interior doors in their home, even if they are slightly damaged or decades old.

Of course, your interior doors add to the look and feel of your home, so if they’re looking worse for wear then they will bring down your whole interior design. If you don’t have the money to replace your interior doors and you’re wondering whether you can work with your old doors, you most certainly can. There are lots of quick, easy and inexpensive ways you can give your interior doors a new lease of life, including;


Re-paint the door a new colour


As you may expect, this is one of the easiest ways to completely transform the look of your interior doors and they can be quite easy to paint too. There are so many brilliant colours and shades to choose from, you won’t struggle to find something that is perfect for your home.


To paint your interior doors, simply take them off their hinges and lay them down. Take off the hardware or cover it neatly with tape and use sanding pads or sanding blocks to ensure the surface is smooth to paint on. For a professional finished look, use high-quality paint like Dulux wood paint or Leyland wood paint and a top tip would be to use quick dry paint if possible.


Change the door hardware


Another really easy way to change up the look of your interior doors is to replace the old hardware. Many doors have simple lever handles and upgrading these to something more stylised can instantly modernise or add character to your doors.


Take a look at the different styles of door handles and the different designs available. Also, consider whether there is a more suitable material, colour and finish for your home too. There will be plenty of options that can complement your interior design, whatever it may be like.


Add some panelling to the door


DIY panelling is very popular at the moment and many are creating designs on feature walls in their home. There is no reason why you can’t panel your interior doors too and simply adding some texture can completely change how a standard flat door looks.



There is a panel design for all budgets and all skill levels too, so you can opt for something fairly simple or something more ornate depending on how confident you feel. You won’t need much to panel a door either, with some moulding and a decent wood glue you will be ready to get started. You will probably be surprised just how expensive panelling can make an old door look.


Get creative with wallpaper


In addition to painting your interior doors, if you’re wanting to get really creative you can always wallpaper them too. Even if you don’t necessarily wallpaper the whole door, using patterned paper in the panelled sections or the glass windows can make the design more interesting.


To wallpaper a door, again you will need to take it off its hinges and lay it flat, but it won’t be too dissimilar from wallpapering a wall. You don’t necessarily have to wallpaper both sides of the door if you don’t want to either. If you’re quite artistic, you could always stencil your interior doors instead and paint a beautiful design onto them.


Freshening up your interior doors


All in all, if your interior doors are looking tired and tatty then investing in new doors really isn’t your only option. There are so many different ways you can give your old doors a new lease of life and thankfully, you don’t have to be a DIY expert to do so. Hopefully, the ideas above will have given you some inspiration for your interior doors and you can find a way to create a new look and feel for the doors you already have.


When searching for somewhere to purchase all of the products you need for your DIY door project, be sure to visit the Decor Express website. Not only do we have a selection of different interior wood paints available to purchase, but we also supply a range of abrasives, paint brushes and door handles too. You really can rely on us to supply you with everything that you need for any upcoming DIY projects, so be sure to explore our online shop today or pop into one of our brick and mortar stores in London.