Recently my living room underwent a serious makeover (seen here) that I was relatively pleased with, save for the boring white door. If you happened to have watched the last season of HGTV's Design Star, and recall the episode in which designer Tom convinces his team to paint the entire bathroom blue (including the door), then you'll probably understand the decision to leave it white. A painted door can look cheap if not done professionally, and can also make a room feel closed off.
Still, I couldn't get past how boring this portion of the wall looked in comparison to its fancier friends, so I decided it needed some sort of dressing up as well. I was initially inspired by the empty frame that hung around the peep hole of Monica and Rachel's apartment door in Friends. The only problem, most NYC doors are made of metal, which doesn't allow for drilling.
I decided if I removed the glass from the frame, it would be relatively light, and could be attached using hook and loop tape (generic name for Velcro) from the craft store. I then took the idea a bit further, since one lonely frame still looked a bit boring to me, and thought it would be cute to have multiple frames hanging on the door, stating, "Goodbye", in various languages!
It was so easy and inexpensive (aka free!) to do. I simply collected various frames I already had and spray-painted them all black to match (with the exception of the mirrored ones which I thought added a little sparkle and broke up all the black) and then cut and inserted the various languages in white font with black backgrounds that I had designed and printed from the computer myself. Voila! Instant interest added to a former eye sore and a great conversation piece!
Here you can see how all of the frames looked before I painted them, and also how I went about laying everything out on the floor first to decide on spacing and text placements...