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How to Add Custom Vent Covers to Sliding Doors | Repurposing an old Door

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share with you our recent re-purposing project.  When we first bought our house, 3 years ago (can you believe it?) we wanted to make some changes to our living room.  One of the changes was to update and add lighting since there was non previously (See my awesome hubby adding lighting in picture below).  We also sanded the floors and shined them all up real purdy like too. We removed wall paper and painted the walls, which looks awesome by the way ;).

How to add vent covers to old doors | hipncreative.wordpress.com

I had this idea to change the look of our old doors by removing the old slats and adding some awesome metal vent covers to the doors to give them a modern look.  So after discussing it with the hubs, we figured out a way to do just that.

So here is our step by step tutorial on how to add vent covers to sliding doors:

Materials you will need:

  • Metal Vent Covers (I found mine at Home Depot)
  • Wood filler
  • Window trim
  • small square wooden dowels
  • paint of your choosing (to paint wood doors) *optional
  • Spray paint (to paint vent cover) *optional

What you will need on hand:

  • Jigsaw
  • flat surface to work with
  • time and patience (lots and lots)
  • nail gun and finishing nails (Home Depot)
  • lots and lots of patience!

First thing we did was remove the sliding doors from the doorway and very carefully cut the slats out leaving the door frame intact.  Next my husband filled the holes where the slats were with wood filler.

While the wood filler was drying, he measured, cut and spray painted the metal vent covers (we used Rustoleum white paint).  After letting the wood filler completely dry (it took about 30 minutes), he carefully sanded all the doors until they were smooth.

Next he framed the front of the door with window trim, this will help the metal vent covers stay in place so it won’t pop out.  Next using a nail gun, we nailed the vent covers to the door.  We also added a small wooden dowels to the back of the doors.  This helped to hide the nails as well as provided extra back support for the metal vent covers not to slip out when opening and closing the doors.

Once we were happy with how the doors looks and works, we primed and painted the door.  We wanted to keep the doors white so priming and painting was pretty easy.  Once the paint dried, we replaced the doors back in it’s frame and done.  I have to admit this project was not an easy project and if your not that skills with air pressured machinery, this project is not for you.  It’s time consuming and you need a lot of patience as well as some carpentry knowledge.

I thank God my hubby is very talented and we were able to get this sucker done.  I really couldn’t have done this without his help.  Until next time my friends!

**UPDATE: A year later and our door is perfect!  Even though it was A LOT of work, it was so worth it!  My husband and I are still  in love with this project and are proud we DIYed this makeover, our first of many projects!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com


Easy and Inexpensive Windowsill Makeover | Dollar Tree DIY

I have an old kitchen.  I think it was last updated in the 1980s.  I have no true counter space, my cabinets are dingy- no matter how much I clean it, and my windowsill is a stained mess!  Every time I’d go into my kitchen I would wish to change something about it but since we’re on a budget, a kitchen remodel will not be getting done any time soon.

Super simple and inexpensive Dollar Tree Windowsill Makeover. | Hip 'n Creative

I had to do something!  Since I had recently gone to the Dollar Tree I had some shelf liner.  So I got to work adding the liner to the windowsill.  I have to say it was super duper easy and I love how beautiful my window looks now.  The best part is that my window looks great, didn’t cost me a fortune and if I decide in the future to remove the liner, all I have to do is peel it off.  I love it!

Material Needed for this Project:

  • Shelf Liner (I got mine from the Dollar Tree)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or Exacto Knife

First thing I did was clean and clear my windowsill.  Then I used my ruler and measured my window, using the scissors (or exacto knife) I cut my shelf liner according to my measurements.  I did cut the liner about a half inch larger then the measurement, just in case I made a mistake.  Lastly I rubbed the liner down on the sill, making sure to rub out any air bubbles.  And that’s it!  Another inexpensive and easy DIY you can do to improve your home.

If you’re a visual person like me, head on over to my youtube channel and check out the how to video!  It’s super easy and I love videos 😉

If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to see it!  Share your mad skillz with me on instagram @hipncreative or on Facebook!


Until next time my friends!  Happy DIYing!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com