How can I fix my damaged interior door?

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Previous owners tried to repair a hole punched through the interior door by slapping some plaster in the holes. It is very rough and unsightly. We cannot replace the door because the walls are only 3" wide instead of the normal 4". Built in the 1960s. We tried sanding it but the door is too thin and it only made the plaster job worse. What suggestions do you have to a creative solution? I've tried disguising the situation with a picture frame and claiming it is "art work". Help.
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  • Susie Rufener Susie Rufener on Jan 01, 2017
    Use a piece of paneling the same size as the door and using liquid nails, glue it on.
  • Karen Boyd Karen Boyd on Jan 01, 2017
    As a take -off on Susie's idea you could use paneling and some trim to create a design that looks like it was meant to be there. You shoul be able to glue on the trim too. There are many door ideas on the web. I don't remember if you said where the door is, and I can't see it from the comment page. BUT another idea would be to put a full lenght mirror on it, over the hole.
  • Ellen Glover Lewis Ellen Glover Lewis on Jan 01, 2017
    Thanks, it is the inside of a bathroom door. I was considering using upholstery tacks and fabric. The damage is very close to the edge and involves the door knob.
  • Ljr10627467 Ljr10627467 on Jan 01, 2017
    Or you could hire a talented woodworker to replace the door if you don't like whatever "fix" you decide on. Happen to be related to a few, one of them who actually built custom doors in a previous job. While the cost to replace the door is higher, a new door might be better if you decide to sell in the future. Good Luck
  • Marcia Potter Marcia Potter on Jan 02, 2017
    When you mentioned the walls being 3" thick vs 4", are you talking about replacing the door and jamb or just the door itself? I know most home improvement stores have those 6 panel white interior doors that you can purchase without the casing/jamb, and they should work. Unless you're talking about something completely different than what I'm envisioning, I would simply replace the door.
  • Karen Boyd Karen Boyd on Jan 03, 2017
    If you live near to a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or something similar you might find a used door that would fit. We have purchased many items from our local store.
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