Interior Hollow Core Door Makeover

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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  • Jan Mynatt Casady Jan Mynatt Casady on May 02, 2021

    Great idea! Plywood is a bit pricey right now (almost $100 a sheet); however, other techniques may make one sheet go a bit further. I am going for a more modern look in the house we are getting ready to live in. Any suggestions for a more minimal use of the plywood that still gives those boring old doors a pop? I'd appreciate ANY advice. We've upgraded floors, walls, trim and lighting, but those boring old hollow doors need something. Money is running out.

  • 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?


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  • Smudgesmom Smudgesmom on May 08, 2021

    Great look & ”molding” doors too. When we moved into this 1970’s home in 2018, the flat panel doors were in really rough shape. We replaced 5 doors with the “6 panel” doors that we got on sale and the hardware. What a difference it made. Checked that one off the list and then went on to a molding project in the living/dining room. I did the same thing in our previous home including base and crown moldings where the room was taller.

  • Charise. Charise. on Sep 28, 2021

    Nice job! Was this for 1 door? ...this same door is less than $200, at the home depot. Surely, the $200 is for more than 1 door; I likely misunderstood.

    It's very cool!