How to Do an Easy DIY Door Upgrade With PVC Base Cap Molding

I'm thrilled to share a step-by-step tutorial for a DIY door upgrade without needing power tools. Get ready to give your space a fresh new look with this easy and budget-friendly project.

Tools and materials

  • PVC Base Cap Molding
  • Miter Shears
  • Liquid Nails
  • Painter's Tape
  • Caulk
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • New Door Hardware
Door before the DIY

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before diving into the project, make sure you have all the materials on hand. You can easily find these at your local hardware store, making this DIY door upgrade super convenient.

Cutting the PVC base cap molding

Step 2: Cut PVC Base Cap Molding with Miter Shears

Grab your miter shears and start cutting the PVC base cap molding to the desired lengths. The beauty of this project lies in its simplicity, and the miter shears make the cutting process a breeze.

Liquid nails
Securing with painter's tape

Step 3: Attach Molding with Liquid Nails

Apply Liquid Nails to the back of each piece of molding. This adhesive is strong and durable, ensuring a secure attachment to your door. Press the molding onto the door, following the design you have in mind.

Step 4: Secure with Painter's Tape

Hold each piece of molding in place using painter's tape. This step is crucial for keeping everything in position while the adhesive dries. Take your time to ensure a clean and polished finish.

Step 5: Caulk the Gaps

Once the adhesive has dried, remove the painter's tape and inspect the door. If you notice any gaps between the molding and the door, don't worry—this is where caulk comes to the rescue. Apply caulk to fill in the gaps and create a seamless look.

Priming and painting the trim

Step 6: Prime and Paint the Trim

Now comes the fun part! Prime the trim to create a smooth surface for the paint. Choose a paint color that complements your space and let your creativity shine. Apply the paint evenly, covering the trim for a polished and professional finish.

DIY door upgrade

Step 7: Replace the Hardware

To complete the look, consider upgrading the hardware on your door. Whether it's a new handle, knob, or even a stylish door knocker, the right hardware can enhance the overall aesthetic of your upgraded door.

DIY door upgrade

There you have it—a simple and effective DIY door upgrade that adds a touch of sophistication to your space. The best part? No power tools are required! Will you be upgrading your door? Share your plan in the comments below.

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