Emily Counts
Emily Counts
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DIY Door Makeover

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Our house had no shortage of boring, outdated interior doors. The orangish stain color hurt my eyes and the handles were super old. It was time for a door makeover!

diy door makeover

Let me show you how I turned these boring, outdated doors into stunning, modern doors!

diy door makeover

First, take the doors off of their hinges and sand off the finish. Any kind of powered sander will work for this step.

diy door makeover

Use a pencil and measuring tape to make marks where your trim will go. I followed this diagram, measuring 4 inches in from each edge and also leave 4 inches in between the two squares of trim (centering that middle gap with the door knob).

diy door makeover

Cut the wood trim pieces to size with 45 degree angles at each end. You're essentially building a picture frame of trim that you will attach to the door. If you don't own a miter saw, one of these cheap miter boxes will work just fine for this project.

diy door makeover

Now lay all of the cut trim on top of your door, aligning each trim piece with the pencil marks you made earlier.

Use painter's tape or clamps to hold them in place and use a square to make sure everything's in alignment before attaching to the door.

Use a brad nailer to attach all of the trim to your door, then flip over and repeat on the backside of the door.

Finish your project by caulking all of the seams of the trim and painting the entire door black. You can also replace with new door knobs and hardware if you wish.

diy door makeover

Don't you just love how this door makeover turned out?! I'm obsessed with the classy black doors and love how pretty the addition of trim makes these once-boring doors.

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diy door makeover
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  • Rolinda
    on Jun 11, 2019

    Did you use any type of sealer to keep the paint from chipping?

    • Suzann
      on Jun 11, 2019

      Use a paint that is used in kitchen cabinets.

  • Janet B
    on Jun 11, 2019

    They came out crazy good!!!

  • Donna Gruska
    on Jun 12, 2019

    Could this be done on hollow core doors?

    • Kathie
      on Jun 18, 2019

      I agree glue but also be careful when sanding, if you are going to use an electric sander DON’T unless you are a professional or have done it before it is very easy to sand right through the door !! A sanding block works really well .. good luck

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