02/19/2012 01:54 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Turn A Blah Hollow-Core Door Into Today's Cover Story

My photographer friend Christina had me over to her house recently. Naturally, she inquired as to any ideas I could offer to make her home a bit nicer. Upon entry, I wanted to say, "Well, you can start by tossing those nasty hollow-core doors out the window, then setting them on fire." But instead, the nice part of me decided to offer up a do-it-yourself upgrade -- the same nice part that got tricked into staying and actually doing it.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, head over to Houzz.