5 Ways To Upgrade Your Doors & Elevate Your Home

Do you still have those same builder-grade doors in your farmhouse? You know the ones I’m talking about, don’t you? Those sterile white doors with faux graining and cheap metallic handles do little, if anything, to block out any sound. Unfortunately, many people feel like they’re stuck with these doors as their only option and that’s just not the case.

Thankfully, the options for doors have grown and many builders have upgraded their basic doors to something more chic. Sadly, many of you are still stuck with outdated or basic doors that don’t do any justice to your home. Does this sound like your place? If so, I’ve got 5 solutions to help upgrade your farmhouse!


More For Your Doors

hallways with different doors: glass door, grey door, barn door

Everyone’s budget for updating their home is a little different, which is why I have 4 different solutions that span from high-budget, high-effort swaps to low-budget, low-effort solutions. They’re each impactful in their own way, finding one that fits your budget and style will be the best solution for you.

The Simple Swap

Grey door with matte black hardware

Starting with a more budget-friendly and low-effort solution, perhaps try updating the hardware on your interior doors. Instead of leaving those cheap-looking metallic handles that builders often use, try switching to something more modern. Opt for a brass or matte black handle with a modern twist. Whether you prefer a knob or handle, many options are available.

Pro-Tip: Don’t forget to update your door hinges as well. Aligning these with your new knob or door handle will instantly elevate any space and add value to your home.

If all new hardware isn’t in your budget, you can go the DIY route and try painting your current hardware. There is now a wide variety of paint options and finishes that you can use. Just remove your old hardware, paint it, and place it back on your doors. This may require a bit more effort, but it’s a great way to save money while still getting that updated look.

A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Grey doors in bathroom with black knobs

Did changing your hardware not do enough for you? Or maybe you can’t find the hardware you love or you don’t have the budget. Either way, there is another budget-friendly hack to upgrade your doors. Try adding a fresh coat of paint instead!

A fresh coat of paint will brighten your space and if you want to add some impact you can try a new color such as grey or black to create some dimension in your home. I also recommend painting the trim around the door if you want to go for that extra bit of pizazz. Just a warning, if you’re door has a lot of that faux graining, you may want to add some wood filler to those crevices. This will give you a more modern and sleek look which will really elevate your home.

Make A Change

Dark grey doors in entry hall with clear glass panels and black hardware

If the above options don’t tickle your fancy, it could be time for a major change. If your goal is to truly transform your home, this could be a good time to step away from a solid wood door. Instead, give a glass pane door a try. This beautiful option adds character and charm to any space and is the perfect option for an office, study, or other less private room.

Need more privacy than a see-through glass pane? No worries! You can select a frosted or something like a rain glass that provides you with a more obstructed view. This may be a bit pricier, but the impact it will bring to your design and the value it will add to your home is worth the investment.

The Farmhouse Classic

Timeless medium brown barn door with matte black hardware into master bathroom

Last, but certainly not least, you can update your doors by upgrading to a barn door. Some may say the barn door is out, but here’s why I think it’s still in style and a great option for your home:

  • Barn doors don’t have to be the old “X” style door that gives that dated look. There are many modern and classic options that will provide a timeless look to your home.
  • They save space. If you have an area that feels a bit cramped when the door is opened, barn doors can be the perfect, space-saving solution.
  • They can add a beautiful aesthetic to the space. If you have a blank wall in a narrow space, you don’t need to spend hundreds on a large mirror or piece of art. The barn door can provide that decoration for the space while also working as a functional door.

Don’t let anyone tell you barn doors are out. If you’re looking to elevate your home, the right barn door is a great option but it will cost you a bit and it may take some time to install.

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