Half Door

Julie Ortiz
by Julie Ortiz
5 Materials
Every wonder who or what is on other side of closed door? From family room to hallway, we had a door that was not needed for privacy, but to contain our furry babies from running around the house. And, didn't want door slammed into head or body by another family member or friend! Hmmmm....can also be used for babies room door.

My husband removed paneled door from hinges and sawed door in half measuring below upper panels and about 7 inches up from middle hinge.

We then nailed scrap baseboard on top. As it was not a solid door, he notched out corner to allow closing on door frame. This was suppose to be temporary until we replaced baseboard with a finish board on top. Well, you know how you never get around to finishing something...here's an unfinished fix. But, flaw is not noticeable and we really liked the baseboard look.

Wonder what your looking at? Used a putty knife and spackle to fill indentation and screw holes caused from removing upper hinge plate on door frame. After spackle dries, sand and paint.

Half door open
Hung half door and here you have it!

Love my half door! Note: Table lamp in pic was made by my father and husband over 20 years ago, but that was their project.
Suggested materials:
  • Existing panel door   (Home Depot)
  • Scrap baseboard and finish nails   (Home Depot)
  • Spackle, sand paper and putty knife   (Hardware store)
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  • The8243325 The8243325 on Mar 25, 2017

    So u removed the top all together ?

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 26, 2017
    No Question, this is Perfect , Great Ideal.
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  • Julie Ortiz Julie Ortiz on Apr 27, 2017

    Thank you! The most difficult part of the project was realigning the top hinge down to accommodate the bottom half......measure, line-up, trace and carefully chisel.

  • Becky Becky on Mar 06, 2023

    Wow! Looks great! Very functional! So much more classy than a baby gate, if it is going to be a long term solution! Thank you for sharing.