Interior Hollow Core Door Makeover

Heather Cammack
by Heather Cammack
4 Materials
2 Days

Give your ugly hollow core doors an impressive makeover that wont break the bank. This DIY will completely transform your space!

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Before our doors were in pretty rough shape. I had started a painting project that I abandoned for this more dramatic transformation. They also had super cheap gold handles that weren't working well.


Move your doors into an open space with good airflow. Sand the entire surface of the doors with a course grit sandpaper. I used 50 grit. Make sure to clean them we'll before gluing down the planks.

Make the Planks

Use 1/4 in Sande Plywood to create planks for your door makeover. We cut our planks out at a six inches wide. This is lightweight, inexpensive and will look good stained or painted.


Glue your planks onto your door using wood glue. Make sure to spread the glue out evenly for maximum adhesive power. Use a nickel as a spacer between planks. This will give you about a 1/16 of an inch gap.

Finished Product

Prime, paint and rehang your door. I also replaced my door hardware. If new hardware isn't in the budget, you can save some money by giving your knobs a spray paint update instead.

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  • Karen Spence Legieko Karen Spence Legieko on May 02, 2021

    looks great, does this affect the closure of the door with the extra depth.I know its only 1/4 of and inch,, but I'm curious

  • Chris Chris on May 02, 2021

    Um, what about the inside of the bedroom doors? Why didn’t you do both sides? Or did you?

  • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2022

    I think you did a great job. Do you have to paint your trim ? my trim is not painted and I don't want to start painting them but I don't know if it would look good with plain trim.

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  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on May 02, 2022

    Good inspiration to get creative and use paint to make the lines on the door for an even cheaper way of doing it. I've been thinking of trying this, I just finished painting my bedroom and want to add something to the door and the closet doors. Just still planning stage.

  • SUE SUE on Sep 14, 2022

    Looks great .

    Thank you for sharing .