6/16/09

Flat Panel Doors all Dolled Up

So you got the house of your dreams... only... you cheaped out and got the flat panel blah doors. Doors don't matter right? Well, if you live in a house for 5+ years, you notice the doors. My friend and I were having this discussion and so I went on the lookout for cheap solutions for blah doors.

The doors above are blah builder flat doors. Friends over at HGTV cut MDF boards in a fancy shape, sprayed them with adhesive and covered them with batting and then this fantastic toil-er-ific fabric. I'm a toile-nut. Result? New life for dead doors!
And... just because this room was so cleverly cheaply done, I had to give the tour. Cute fabric shades? Nope Roller Shades:: Roll out shades all the way and clamp to flat surface (MDF or Plywood) spray with adhesive and lay fabric over using a squeegee to get air bubbles out. Trim sides straight, dry and hang! Dang, them shades are purdy!

Okay, this baby is CLEVER. 2 exact dressers, one inverted and stacked on the other. The inside space of the dresser was removed to accommodate a TV and the drawer fronts were attached to MDF and then put back on the dresser with hinges to form a door for the newly appointed cabinet!
Great trick to renew tired furniture. And lastly, since we're back on toile... and since I've warned ya'll that I'd post this at least once a month until I duplicate something so wonderful in MY house... Here's Nester and My retirement room. Pass the iced chocolate with whipped cream?
Do you have any quick cheap fixes for flat panel doors?

10 comments:

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Ohhhh I soooo love toile to and all of these ideas are amazing! The doors are such an awesome idea, as are the shades, and the dresser is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

mrsgarageflower said...

de-lurking here...

LOVIN' the toile! I have a kitchen full of flat panel doors, what to do... what to do... help!

Vanilla Lavender said...

I just wathecd to that episod of DOD yesterday. It is lovely! The toile on the doors are gorgeous.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh so pretty! :) I don't have any tips for flat panel doors, but I'd love some. :) The tip for the shades is very cool! :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I've always wondered if you could use bought shades to cover with fabric (or wallpaper). Those shades look fantastic (and custom)!
Love a black and white toile!

Joy said...

I'm not sure if this counts as a real "tip," but this is what my husband and I did and maybe it will help someone out! Our living room has a closet with two huge flat panel doors across from a large portrait window. When we moved in all the doors and trim were natural wood and the walls were icky wood paneling.

We painted all the trim and doors in the room white and the walls a light gray. Then we placed our couch in front of the closet with enough walking space behind, and the matching chair and ottoman under the picture window. While the closet isn't all that visually interesting, it helps to balance out the large window. (Bonus - the shades are white!)

Jody said...

Hey, lady! Love these ideas! Especially the roller blinds one....just might have to try that one out myself.

Have fun this weekend! Call me when you get home.......

Caroline said...

This looks beautiful, the toile looks great. Very elegant!!

mishebe said...

Great idea. Looks fab too. Lover of toile myself.

Felix Chesterfield said...

Have you looked at the flat panel doors here?

 
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