Update Your Home With Budget-Friendly Interior Slab Doors

We are doing a lot of home improvement projects around the house.
For our hallway, we needed seven new interior doors. Prehung doors are pricey at $60 to $75.00 each and we don’t need new door frames so we thought of another solution.
Instead, we bought new 6-panel slab doors by Mastercraft at Menards. Slab doors are just that, a slab with no doorknob, hinges or latch. The cost for each slab door depending on size was $35 to $45 each. Since we are updating seven doors, it was a no-brainer to buy new door slabs and do it ourselves.
New Slab Doors
Here is our first haul of new slab doors plus trim for around the doors we picked up a few months ago. Last weekend we bought the last door, trim, paint and other odds and ends. This is my dining room decor these days; doors, trim, ladders, tools, pain
DOOR KNOBS: We paid $86.82 for the bedroom door knobs plus $14.99 for two closet door knobs. The thing about being under construction is that you will notice my nice white tablecloth has hardware upon it and not things that are pretty.
We removed the knobs, hinges and latches from all the old doors. Then one-by-one laid each old door on top of the new door slab to use as a template.
For the new door knob openings, we traced the circle openings on the new door.
X marks the spot.
Follow the same idea marking and measuring for the new hinges and latch hole where the door bolt is.
There is not enough room on Hometalk for this whole post so I'll skip some steps. You can see the whole post at my blog post link below.
Use an Irwin Kit hinge template for the lockset.
After the template is secured in place, start chiseling.
Use a wood chisel to carve out the new hinge area.
There ya go. That's all there is to it.
Remember that circle we traced for the door knob above? The Irwin kit has a template to drill for the door knob (on the left) and latch hole (on the right).
Tools needed:
Circular Saw
Wood chisel
Utility knife
Irwin Door Lock Installation Kit
Combination Square
25-Foot Measuring Tape
Plus the Slab Doors and Door Knobs which we purchased at Menards, but you can actually order from Amazon and have delivered to your door.
It took us about an hour tops per door, from start to finish, with a little coffee break here and there in-between. So updating your home with new slab doors is not only a budget-friendly idea, it is also fairly easy.
We are very happy with the look of the new doors.
Again check the blog link below for more how to info and photos.
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