Restore Old Doors – How to Repair Damage and Install Modern Hardware

8 Materials
$40
2 Hours
Medium

We recently updated the door hardware and even some of the doors in our home and it’s made an amazing difference. This project gave me the chance to save a few old doors, too. They turned out so good Courtenay asked me to share a few tips on how to restore old doors.


Here’s how you can easily restore old doors and make them functional again by repairing damaged areas and adding modern hardware.

restore old doors how to repair damage and install modern hardware

As you can see, the area on the end near the latch looked pretty rough and the mortise-style lock set would be difficult to repair or replace. You can also see a small crack in the closest panel as well. Time to get to work...


To get started on the restoration of this old door we need to remove the old lockset. 

restore old doors how to repair damage and install modern hardware

In order to fit a new, modern style knob set into this door we need to layout the position of the new lock and cut a new main bore hole and make any adjustments to latch hole. 

restore old doors how to repair damage and install modern hardware

With the holes drilled out, check fit and function of your new holes. Make sure the latch lines up with where our repaired edge will be when we’re complete.



restore old doors how to repair damage and install modern hardware

Now, it’s time to measure and cut our wood patch. I used a piece of pine cut from a regular 2×4 because pine is easy to work with. The downside with pine is that it’s soft and may damage again easily but with a patch this small and a quality paint to cover it, I wasn’t too concerned.

restore old doors how to repair damage and install modern hardware

Apply a coat of primer to the areas that were repaired and give the entire door a new coat of paint. When the paint has dried, completely install your new knob set, faceplate and strike plate...


Looks pretty great, right?!

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  • Diana Mann
    Yesterday

    Looks really sharp! Man! I have that exact same door I think. LOL. Would you mind sharing where you got the hardware? It looks amazing. I boiled my door's old hardware, and planned to spray paint it, but I am loving your new/old look!

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  • Oh, my, you did a beautiful job!! I wish I lived closer, I'd love to have the old hardware! I'd put it in an old, non-food, pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes, then into cold water, and peel all that old paint off to reveal the gorgeousness underneath!!


  • Sandra Ross Warren
    12 hours ago

    The old hardware would look amazing cleaned up! Very desirable piece(s)! The new looks nice.

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