Plain Flat Hollow Core Door to 5-Panel Black Door
This is the door to our master bedroom, which used to look like this:
After I painted our walls an almost white/super light gray shade, this space turned into the hallway of no color. Black was the answer! I headed to Lowe’s and bought a $12 piece of 1/4″ (actual thickness = 0.2″) 4×8′ sheet of plywood. It’s in the molding/paneling section (next to the beadboard) and it is pink toned on one side, which is perfect for painting. The price has recently increased to $14, but still a great deal!
Since the door surface is smooth (unlike our original foyer door), I didn’t need to cover it with anything (whew!)
You’ll need a table saw to rip the pieces down to your desired width or you can have Lowe’s or Home Depot do it for free—just tell them to cut carefully 🙂
Flip it over and repeat for the other side. Again, you’ll need an arbor to drill out a hole for the door handle.
Once all my pieces were attached, I sanded down the rough edges with my Mouse.
Then I spackled the nail holes and caulked where the boards met the door for a seamless look.
After drying overnight, I gave everything a nice thorough sanding with finer grit sandpaper (including the actual door panel).
Just like the foyer door, the casing had to be adjusted so it would close properly, since I added almost 1/2″ of depth onto the door.
First I cut a line with a sharp edge on all sides…
Then pried the pieces off. Luckily these ones came off really easily (you can see the three pieces in the hallway).
Some of the nails will stay in the door casing which you can just hammer back in, and break off the ones stuck in the molding.
Then I cleared the built up caulk from the door casing and the trim pieces so it was nice and clean for reinstallation:
I decided to hang the door back up first before painting it because 1) it was 100° in the garage, and 2) I could turn on the TV in our room to make it more enjoyable. It really doesn’t matter either way, you just have to be slightly more careful to not paint the casing.
I used Valspar’s Signature Dark Kettle Black in a satin finish. The coverage is amazing… here’s after just one coat:
Of course the plywood took to it better than the painted white door—it almost covered in just one coat!
All it needed was two coats and a few touch ups. Easy, fast paint job (excuse the poor lighting).
|Black kitty approved.|
Once the knob was back on, I shut the door and nailed the casing pieces back in place so the new door would close properly.
Then I filled the nail holes and caulked it back in, sanded and painted.
Ahhh… so rich.
It’s a little difficult to see the detail through photos (I have to bump up the exposure a bit, hence the grainy-ish pics) but it’s really lovely in person.
I love the way it ties into the wall paneling.
I’ll be converting all of the doors eventually. This hallway needs some loving, I know. One step at a time.
It’s extra lovely dressed up for the holidays…
What do you think? If you have $14 lying around and a free afternoon, I promise you can tackle this yourself! No helper needed. And if you don’t have old flat doors to start with, they are readily available at places like ReStore, thrift stores, Craigslist or your local Facebook buy & sell groups (people often give them away). So worth the effort for something you can enjoy in your home forever.
I hope this tutorial can help inspire and motivate those of you out there who feel stuck with your existing outdated doors. There is hope, and it’s so much cheaper and easier than you think!
Head over to my blog for lots more DIY inspiration and projects—and make sure to stop by the DIY Projects page for all of my tutorials, ranging from easy wall paneling to an inexpensive fabric tufted headboard, a rustic sliding barn door and more!
Thanks for sharing with us, Jenna! Such amazing style from humble beginnings.
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