Front Door Makeover

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The previous homeowner removed the regulation size door 6'8" and replaced it with a much shorter door. The door itself is very unique and I want to keep it but make it look taller. I think I've achieved that goal with lots of moulding
Remove a section of the baseboard to make room for trim
Side trim and header added
Side trim, base trim and crown moulding added
Caulked and Primed the trim
Two coats of door paint (Agave)
One coat of wall paint (Silverscreen)

Suggested materials:

  • Madagascar Base moulding, MDF Crown moulding, One inch wood trim, white caulking compound, KILZ prim   (Home Depot)

Teri Uliasz Boyungs
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  • Chris J Chris J on Jul 13, 2016
    I LOVE your choice of colors you used, so much lighter. However, I have a really silly question, but does the middle of your door come out somehow? It looks like there are hinges or pins on the sides. If it does come out, what goes in? A window or storm door of some sort?
    • Teri Uliasz Boyungs Teri Uliasz Boyungs on Jul 14, 2016
      Yes it's a really weird door. It has what is called a peekaboo door in the middle (a door within the door) the previous home owners were from Mexico and imported this door from there. It's metal with heavy cast iron accents on the front, but building standards in Mexico are 6'4" doors rather then US standards of 6'8".
    • Kathy Haines Cramer Kathy Haines Cramer on Jul 14, 2016
      Wow! My hubby and Don would have to duck when coming fir a visit! :) You did a wonderful job! Such an interesting door! :)
    • Kathy Haines Cramer Kathy Haines Cramer on Jul 14, 2016
      *for* a visit. Hahaha
    • Chris J Chris J on Jul 14, 2016
      That is so cool. I'd think I'd keep it too. Who knew that 4" would make something so unique.
  • Rachelmary Rachelmary on Jul 13, 2016
    Is that a glass insert? Really cool door. I love what you did.
  • Ann Bell Ann Bell on Jul 13, 2016
    I love what you did with your entryway, but my question is, do you have a turtle wandering around or is it a decoration?
  • Larry Chura Larry Chura on Jul 13, 2016
    I was wondering, why didn't you just extend/lengthen the door? I've done this numerous times to doors. In your case I would have added a hardwood strip to the top and maybe painted it to make a accent.
    • Teri Uliasz Boyungs Teri Uliasz Boyungs on Jul 14, 2016
      It is a block construction home with an inset door surrounded by custom stone. I would have had to bust out the stone to reframe the door casing.
    • Larry Chura Larry Chura on Jul 16, 2016
      Teri, you stated that a previous owner had changed it to a shorter door. Taking this as fact, I was just trying to offer a different perspective on how you could keep the dimension normal. The stone work must have been added after door was changed? If so, there might still be a higher header above the door. Either way, I will end my part in this conversation.
  • LuAnn LuAnn on Jul 13, 2016
    Wow! Now that's how to dress up a door. I wasn't sure at first but the final product is spectacular! Is that a door inside a door? and the side lights look like it they could have come from an old monastery or something, any clue? I liked the original orange color of the walls but your new choice of colors befits the upgrade. Did you do anything to fill in the extra gap at the top of the door. It's barely noticeable in the final picture?
    • Teri Uliasz Boyungs Teri Uliasz Boyungs on Jul 14, 2016
      Yes, I trimmed out the door to close the gaps. It is a very unique door, it's metal with a peekaboo door inside. The previous homeowners imported it from Mexico. It's very heavy and has intricate rod iron details on the front.
  • Sran_dr Sran_dr on Jul 16, 2016
    Looks great. I am confused about the front door. I have never seen one like it. Does the center panel come out? What's on the other side? Glass? Screen? Just curious.
    • Jane Cash Jane Cash on Jul 16, 2016
      When we stayed at a vintage hotel in Milwaukee, almost all of the room doors had a door within a door. So there was a door on the inside and a door on the outside. Meant for dry-cleaning, small deliveries, etc. They were big ole ornate oak doors with all the trimming, but this photo reminds me of those...
    • Teri Uliasz Boyungs Teri Uliasz Boyungs on Jul 17, 2016
      The small door within the door is on hinges and opens. Before the invention of separate security doors these doors were made so that the woman of the house could accept deliveries without opening the home to strangers. The other side of the door has very heavy cast iron bars/scrolls on it. The side panels are tinted glass to see who's at the door. It's unique for sure.
  • Lynda M Goldsmith Lynda M Goldsmith on Jul 17, 2016
    What brand of paint?
  • SueBeeOC SueBeeOC on Jul 23, 2016
    I really like this door and how you augmented the surround. Could you post a photo of how the door looks from the outside of your home, please?
  • Virginia Cuevas Virginia Cuevas on Jul 24, 2016
    Do you make house calls? I have a few projects that could use your expertise... love the outcome of your project... please post more.
  • Laura Brown Laura Brown on Dec 31, 2016
    What is the name of the molding you used above the door?
  • Sher Sher on Mar 15, 2017
    What brand and color is the wall paint? It's very pretty.
  • Tammy Smith Tammy Smith on Jul 05, 2017
    Were there other doors nearby like a closet door? Did you only do this to the front door?
    • Teri Uliasz Boyungs Teri Uliasz Boyungs on Jul 06, 2017
      The interior doors are regulation size with chunky molding so this balanced the front door better with the rest of the house
    • Debby Debby on Nov 10, 2017
      Unsure of this posting.... but in my home built in 1911 has this type of crown moldings on every door and every window........ and is beautiful. We love it !!!
  • Angela Angela on Jun 11, 2018

    What are the lengths (dimensions) of each board?

  • Claudettechander0 Claudettechander0 on Jun 21, 2018

    Did you have to cut the corners of the piece on to as well, and how easy/hard was it to do? - It looks very professionally done.

  • Millymolly Millymolly on Aug 25, 2018

    I hope this isn't off topic but I do like the color of the original walls, I would like to have it as an accent you happen to to know what it is? I do love what you did with your entryway, it looks beautiful with the moulding.

  • Lori Bussey Lori Bussey on Oct 10, 2018




    • Carla Carla on Jan 12, 2019

      No nothing was done to the outside. This tutorial is all about the door's interior.


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