Asked on Dec 30, 2018

How do I cover a hole in my hollow core door without replacing it?

I had a renter in my basement who punched a hole in a bedroom door and moved out without paying to fix it. I’d like an idea how I can cover it on both sides without replacing the door.

  8 answers
  • Patricia Patricia on Dec 30, 2018

    Mirrors on both sides. Wall paper. Plaques or paintings mounted with strong double sided foam sticky tape.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Dec 30, 2018

    You cannot cover it. Your best bet even for an Interior door would be cutting it down and making it into a 3 Panelled Door rather than Putty, Patch and Paint

    For an Exterior (or to and from the Group Entry) Door in an Apartment Complex, you would need to Cut out a Square or Rectangle travelling edge to edge and Place an industrial 3/8" Glass inside a Framed Border of Edging or Trim wood.

    Not a Cheap or Easy Fix. Easily costs $108 in materials.

    Plus: Changing the Locks. Often, die facts you gotta change the locks, it is Best to just get a New Door to Increase Rent to Reimburse you for getting a Carpenter and an Attorney who creates: Month to Month Agreements (so you can toss the Indesirables out on their ear at any time).

    Sorry for your loss, but that is Irresponsible Tenants in U.S. And Addicts for you. Been there. Legislation needs to Exist to prevent this but rarely does any legislation Benefit the landlord.

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    • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Dec 30, 2018

      You're Welcome!

  • You could add a very thin rectangular slab of wood to both sides (a few inches smaller than the door) and frame them with moulding, then paint the whole thing white.

  • Jane Jane on Dec 30, 2018

    Hi Jeanine. This is what came to mind: Cut/saw a centered "window" in the door - maybe 2' tall by 1.5' wide (to eliminate the hole.) Buy some antique lace, or whatever material you desire, cut and sew if necessary, and hang it on both sides of the "window" using fabric tape. I think that would look cute!

  • Judy Judy on Dec 30, 2018

    Faith has the right idea. My husband had just came up with that idea prior to reading Faith's comment. Or if you want a classy sassy door cut two squares of quarter inch plywood for both sides and mold around it and you will have the look of a panel door. Instead you could cut four pieces for the door on both sides and have a classier door but them you might have the cost of a new door. Wish I could help. Hope you find your answer. I think you might get eight panels from one piece of plywood though. That would save money, but then you have to get the glue and stain. Hope this helps.

  • Did you punch it? lol. Well an easy and affordable way to cover it would be adding a do not enter sign at the front and adding a sticker at the back. If you have the budget id do what DWP said.

  • Janet Janet on Dec 31, 2018

    Get a piece of wood that fits across your door from side to side and screw on both sides naturally covering the hole on both sides as well. Add decorative hooks that could be used for hanging clothes, purses or jewelry.

  • S. S. on Jul 05, 2021

    I covered a hole in a door by putting a long mirror over it.

    You can also put wall paper over it.

    Or patch like you would a hole in wall, then paint the door the color of your choice. Wall paper comes in wood look alike and is probably easier the patch kit and paint.

    Mirror is the easiest solution.

    Cheap too. Wal-Mart sells long mirrors for $6.00

    Don't forget to get the hardware to hang the mirror.