Doors have a major function to your home. They get used and abused throughout the years and unfortunately, sometimes they need some attention to make them a beautiful part of your home again. And it’s important to not take this lightly because the entryway is a focal point for your homes curb appeal. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect solution to fix up that old worn-out door. Checkout our to-do list to repair your old door to make it look brand new again. You’ll fall back in love with your entryway in no time.
Add / Replace Door Glass Insert
Does your door have glass in it today? Maybe the design is old school and you’re ready for something fresh. Maybe the seal has failed and caused the glass to fog. Or maybe the glass is chipped or straight up broken. The good news is, you can easily pop-out that old glass and throw in a brand new decorative glass piece in minutes. The process is super easy, quick, and is the first step to making your door shine again.
If your door does not have glass in it already, simply cut a hole in the center of the door and slide in a beautiful decorative glass insert. Just adding glass alone will completely transform the look of your entryway. Plus, you’ll get all sorts of extra natural sunlight that you didn’t have before.
Adding or replacing door glass is a very straight forward DIY project and takes most homeowners less than an hour to pull off. It’s well worth the time and is much less expensive than replacing your door completely.
Also consider getting a matching sidelight. Sidelights are just as easily swapped out as door glass and you can get the same design to match you new door.
Paint Your Door
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Now that you have new decorative glass installed, it’s time to freshen up the remaining bumps and bruises on the paint job. This is a great opportunity to change up the color of your door as well. Pick-out something that will compliment the rest of your entryway’s decor.
The fresh coat will cover up any scratches and discoloring that’s built up over the years. And painting is also an easy DIY project that you can knock out yourself pretty quickly.
Upgrade the Door Hardware
Once your paint is dry, install a brand new handset and deadbolt to replace that old worn-out hardware. You can even find hardware that will match the new caming in your decorative door glass, so you’ll get a really nice polished look at the end.
Installing door hardware is easy, especially since you’re just replacing existing hardware so all the hard work is already done. Just pop the old hardware off and put the new set in it’s place. It can be a subtle change but makes a world of difference on the overall look of the entrance.
Replace the Old Weather Stripping
This part is less for aesthetics and more for function. Old weather stripping doesn’t do the job of sealing up and protecting the interior of your home from the elements. Grab a door tune-up kit to quickly replace the weather stripping and door sweep. The new stripping will help keep water and other outside elements from squeezing through the cracks of your door jam. And the new door sweep will prevent drafts from getting through creating poor energy efficiency.
It’s less than $50 for the door tune-up kit and easily installs in just a few minutes. It’s well worth it while you’re working on your door anyways.
BONUS: Add a Retractable Screen
Congrats on your new door! Take things one step further and install a retractable screen door to give you the ability to open up your doors to fresh air all summer long, while still keeping those pest out! The Brisa Screens are screen doors that retract into a housing so they are completely out of the way when you’re not using it.
Installing a retractable screen takes less than 30 minutes, and completely worth it. Put them on all your entryways and you’ll have fresh air flowing throughout your home in no time. It’s what we like to call “Enlightened Living”.
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