HGTV Project: Geometric Upholstered Door

In January, one of my many fruitful encounters at Altitude Summit SLC was meeting a lovely lady from HGTV. Liz took our lampshade class and was so excited by her DIY experience, we decided to team up and produce original upholstery projects for the HGTV website. First up is this showstopping Geometric Door.

What I love most about this project is the optical illusion it creates, like little pyramids protruding from the surface, yet it’s completely flat. One of our suppliers stopped by when I was nearly finished with this and asked if I had padded the pyramids with foam! He was shocked to find a flat surface upon closer inspection.


I scored the solid wooden door at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $9 and gave it a light sanding and fresh coat of paint — good as new! Then I chose a faux leather in three shades of blue to map out my design. The final glitz was added with nearly 3,000 brass tacks, an easy but patience-building task!


Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos for ya!

door in carOn its way to Meredith’s house for install.

chiselingChiseling out a notch for a third hinge. This door is heavy!

clearing a hole

Clearing a hole for the doorknob.

To see the full how-to, visit HGTV’s website or check out Liz’s blog on Design Happens. Stay tuned for the next upholstery project coming down the pipe, and special thanks to Liz Gray from HGTV, Robert Allen for donating the faux leather, and Mel Cole of Rollins Cole for the wonderful photography!