DIY Dutch Door

7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial and video I demonstrate how I cut my old wood door into a dutch door.

This is the door between my house and my workroom. I've been eyeing this door for years with the desire to cut it into a dutch door. I knew the door was solid wood, but I wasn't sure it would stay in tact if cut it in half.

First I took the door off the hinges and set it on two saw horses with 1x4's underneath for support from end to end.

I used a T-square to mark a line across the door evenly between the bottom of the glass windows and the hole for the door knob.

I used my cordless circular saw to cut the door in half, following the line drawn exactly.

I separated the door to inspect it for strength and stability. Fortunately, it's solid wood and is just as strong cut in half as it was whole.

I brought it back inside and hung it on the same hinges that were on it before, and added a fourth hinge because the bottom half of the door only had one hinge. Now the bottom and top both have two hinges.

Next I cut a small shelf for both sides of the bottom half of the door. I used my jig saw to cut curved corners and my circular saw for the straight cut.

I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes on the underside of the shelf, to fasten the shelf to the bottom half of the dutch door.

The pocket holes worked like a charm to hold the shelf securely. I wasn't sure it would be enough to support the shelf alone so bought L brackets, but they were totally unnecessary.

I painted the door and with some leftover charcoal paint from my hallway/foyer reno. I love how it turned out...

I wasn't sure this project would work from the start since I was unsure of the inside construction of the door and whether or not it would stay stable after being cut in half. And I wasn't sure it would still swing properly after re-hanging. It all worked out and I'm thrilled with the results.

It was quick and easy. Once again the painting and finish work took longer than the actual cutting and hanging.

Super fun, fast, and easy project. Of course one thing leads to another and now I need to paint the brick walls around the door.

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  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Apr 02, 2020

    how big is the space between the two halves. Do they rub together when you shut them? thank you. i love your new door and would like to do that to my kitchen door, it opens on to the sun room.

  • Barb Barb on Apr 02, 2020

    How do you keep the top and bottom together so you can use like regular door when needed?


    Did you add a lock to the upper door that would attach to the bottom door to keep them together when you don't want the top open?


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  • Joanna Smith Joanna Smith on Apr 05, 2021

    I have always wanted a Dutch Door, and I'm 64. Last year, an In-Law was replacing her old door that I LOVED, and intended to throw it away! I asked for it, brought it home, and repaired the dents, dings, and scratches, painted it bright red, and bought new hardware. I finally had my lifelong desire.Mine opens IN, so I have a screen door outside it and can open the top all day in nice weather with no bugs getting in. I absolutely LOVE it, and so does my Anatolian Shepherd. She puts her paws on the top of the bottom section, and stands and looks out.

  • Mimzy lombardo Mimzy lombardo on Apr 05, 2021

    I love it! I wanted a dutch door for many years too, although mine doesn't open to the outside, but I still get the feel of it. I can just imagine the cuteness of your shepherd looking out that door... funny how these little things can bring so much joy. Thanks for the comment.