Ugly Door Makeover

by Angela
8 Materials
7 Days
I gave my ugly builder basic hollow core doors a makeover on the cheap! This project was a little time-consuming but on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the difficulty of about a 2 or 3. The hardest part was rehanging the doors by myself! It was a bit of a balancing act but doable. I used construction adhesive and brads to hold the moulding in place, then caulked, painted and added new hinges and knobs.
I left the bifold doors to the laundry room on and glued and used brads to hold the picture frame molding in place. You can see the knobs are still on in the photo so I could open and close the doors easily but I removed them before painting.
For the linen closet, I took the doors off and added the molding and painted them outside.
Inside of linen closet.
All of the doors to the rooms I hauled to the garage. I laid them flat on the floor when adding the trim. Then stood them up to paint them. This picture is with the first coat of primer. Everything got two coats of primer and two coats of paint.
Hallway before.
Hallway after. I did The linen closet, the laundry room closet doors, and six room doors for a little over $300 total. Approximately $38.00 per door.
Here is the picture frame moulding I used. It comes in different widths styles.
I used rectangles.
Laundry closet doors.

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  • Gail Nooe Randall Gail Nooe Randall on Sep 22, 2017

    My doors are polyurethane and I'm wondering did you do any sanding before you painted? Did you use a brush or roller? They look amazing.

  • Diane Mulgrue Diane Mulgrue on Sep 22, 2017

    Did you have to prime and then paint the framework and trim for the doors too?

  • Mimi H. Mimi H. on Sep 23, 2017

    did you add molding on both sides of the doors?

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  • Nancy Ciolek Nancy Ciolek on Nov 20, 2017

    That is a big improvement. I would additionally take out the table to make it look less cluttered. Maybe just leave the mirror or put a picture up instead.

    • Gillian Thompson Gillian Thompson on Feb 05, 2023

      Personally, I really like the table and decor there. I wish I could do that in my hall.

  • Betteanne Betteanne on Dec 27, 2017

    I would but have all new doors. You did a fabulous job. Be proud