DIY Craftsman Door

Give your old, flat doors the look of added dimension with faux panels. Painting interior doors is a great alternative to costly new doors. One of Emma’s editors transformed her dark wood doors with a coat of white paint, then taped off three panels and painted a contrasting shade of gray. The simple hack gives the feel of a craftsman door for a fraction of the cost!


  • painters tape
  • leveler (we used an app!)
  • paint
  • small paint brush or sponge
  • measuring tape


  1. Start by measuring out where your door “panels” will go.
  2. Using some kind of a leveler, tape off the top of your panel. Then measure around to create the outside lines.
  3. Next, tape the inside lines, making sure to press the tape down well to avoid the paint leaking through.
  4. Paint the inside and allow to dry completely.
  5. Once dry, remove tape and repeat steps for remaining panels.

Photography by Heather Kinkel

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