easy door makeover

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The door to our backyard made me freakin CRAZY bothered me for quite a while now.
It still had the large wooden mini blinds up from the previous owners, and the plastic pieces which were supposed to hold it to the door had long been broken off.
Anytime the door opened and shut the blinds would slam all over the place and scratch up the door and gouge the wall. 

Then Izzy decided it would be great fun to pull the blinds all the way back from the door and watch them slam and make noise.
Oh, and our dog can get a little demanding when he’s not let out whenever he wants, and thus we have HUGE dog scratch marks all. over. the door.
So between the blinds a slammin and the 80 pound dog a scratchin you get left with one ugly door.
And, there finally comes a time when the Old English bottle starts to laugh at you for even attempting to cover it up.
So, I finally ripped off the blinds and decided to do something about it.
Of course I was too excited to get them down before taking a picture so this is the best before with blinds I can do for you.
Not wanting to shell out big money for a fancy new door with the blinds hidden between the glass I instead hit up the home improvement store and picked up some privacy film for $20.  And, filled in holes and scratches before slapping on some primer and leftover paint from my front door.
The film is a pretty easy application, but for a larger project like this I recommend having another person around to hold it in place while you pull the backing off.
Oh, and don’t let your dog come in or out while you’re putting it up or you’ll end up with dog hair in between the film and glass.  Yep, not thrilled about that one.
But, I am thrilled about my refreshed and blindless (probably made that word up) door!
A little before and after action, but imagine the before with blinds ๐Ÿ™‚
Much better.
I’ll be linking up to these fab parties!


  1. Maury Avatar

    I'm glad you didn't by a new door! This looks brand new! I love it. Great job!

  2. Jacqueline Avatar

    Love the knew look for the door, I'm in the process of painting mine that goes into the garage from our mudroom.

  3. Little Penpen Avatar

    Love the story and the door is beautiful! We have the same problem at our house!!!

  4. Lisa - A Room with A View Avatar

    The door looks great..love the new color.

  5. Samantha @ Little Painted Canvas Avatar

    It looks good! Great job! And hey, if someone is staring hard enough to notice the dog hairs, then they have issues and their opinion doesn't matter… By default.

  6. Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com Avatar

    Your door looks great…so much cleaner and fresher without the blinds slamming around. My front door has been destroyed by my dog who gets a wee bit excited when guests come to the door or he sees neighbors walking by. Must try some of the privacy film on the sidelight to the door and it's definitely time to clean up the gouges! Great tip Shelley!

  7. Lisa @ Shine Your Light Avatar

    So much better without the blinds! It's actually a lovely door and all that natural light! — lucky you!

  8. Carli Avatar

    This looks really nice–I think I'm leaning towards painting my doors black too-so tired of cleaning finger prints, etc!

  9. rebekahdawn Avatar

    Much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Jen Avatar

    Looks great! I can imagine the blinds hitting the door. Bam! I hear that about 20 times a day. Makes me crazy too.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} Avatar

    So simple and what a big difference!!! I love the idea of the privacy film…I don't know how you do a big dog, we have a mini schnauzer and I'm pretty sure that I've figured out I'm not exactly a pet kind of person. And to think I originally wanted a Great Dane! HA!

  12. ~The Bargain Babe Avatar

    your door looks really nice! Your dog seems similar to mine, except we don't have scratches, we have dog slobber smudges all over the glass. They seem to be permanent. Not that I've put that much effort in getting them off though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Kate Avatar

    Love the updated door! I'm new to your blog and have enjoyed 'wandering' around a bit!

  14. Kristen Avatar

    Didn't even know they made that product. Found you on the tt&j linky party ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Cathy @My 1929 Charmer Avatar

    Your "new" door really looks good and what a big difference to the overall look. It always amazes me how simple changes can have a BIG impact! I would it if you share this post at my Sunday's Best party going on now. Sharing is a good thing

  16. Anna (A Newfound Treasure) Avatar

    The door looks great! Such a wonderful transformation… love the color choice too!


  17. trophyw.blogspot.com Avatar

    Great idea! I have a simmilar problem w/ my back door. I may have to try it.

  18. Meg Avatar

    Wow, such a difference! I love it. The privacy paper is a wonderful idea. Great job!

  19. Michell @ Girl In Air Avatar

    What a wonderful difference! Great job:-) I think we have the same dog:-)

  20. Lindsay Avatar

    Oh wow, what a big difference that makes! I love the new look of it! SO happy to have you sharing this @ Show & Share! Thanks for linking up!

  21. Sarah, Three Boys Avatar

    Oh what a great idea. It really made a difference! Your before door looks a lot like ours:)

  22. Little Vintage Cottage Avatar

    Looks so fresh and beautiful! Now I just hope your dog doesn't scratch it up again ๐Ÿ™ The things we endure for our pets!


  23. Patricia Torres Avatar

    Totally love love the new look of the kitchen door.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Its wow!!

    Thanks for linking in.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tana Avatar

    That looks Awesome!!! love it!

  25. SHERRY HART Avatar

    And that my friend is why I love paint!!! It is the best makeover tool.

  26. Jennifer Avatar

    Nice work! I must say…beautiful home!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Show & Share!

  27. remote control helicopter Avatar

    I am so excited to see all of the different projects that come out of this challenge and I wish I had an excuse to participate myself! All the furniture you found is amazing – can't wait to see how it looks in the house.

  28. Li Ayers Avatar

    Very nice! I admire your resourcefulness, my friend. Using privacy film as an alternative for your blinds is a great idea, and very impressive as well. It has effectively blocked the light of the sun from entering fully in your home and that, along with the black paint, also has improved the look of your door.

    Li Ayers

  29. Terry Avatar

    Putting up some privacy film is such a great idea! It also helped with the design aside from the cover and I think the new darker color is a lot better. It's also very attractive. At least you would no longer have to worry about getting blinds that would only probably damage the wall.

    Terry Arnold

  30. Allyson Sunde Avatar

    I agree that this project and the changes in the door were fantastic. That was actually a huge change that came at a cheap price. Although, the thing that caught my attention was those letters saying "EAT", which is really cute by the way! It's perfect for reminding the kids not to forget their meals!

    Allyson Sunde

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