How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door

We recently shared how we built a beautiful barn door that now hangs in between our master bedroom and bathroom. One final step in this process is to repair the door jamb. I waited a few days to make sure that we liked the barn door (we love it!) just because it makes it a bit more permanent and purposeful.

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

When we took the original door off it’s hinges, it left the cut out indentations from each of the 3 hinges as well as where the ball catch was. So, the doorway had 4 spots to patch. I wanted to make it look like one smooth doorway without any indication that there was ever a hinged door here. While I was at it, I also did this on the adjacent closet door. It opened into the closet and made the space very tight and the area behind the door non-accessible. Long term, we’d love to add a pocket door here, but since that involves cutting open the drywall, we are holding off for now until we decide if we are going to redo the layout of this room completely, late 2017-2018.

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

In order to do this project you need spackle, a flat edge knife or scraper, sandpaper or a sanding block, and paint in the color of your doorway trim.

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

Use the knife to apply spackle to each cut out area. Apply it liberally and use the knife to flatten it as best as you can. Allow to dry according to the directions on the spackle – for me it was about 2 hours.

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

Use sand paper or a sanding block to sand the area smooth.

You may want to repeat this process for a second time to get a smooth look. Since some of the areas (especially where the ball catch was) were pretty deep, it took me 3 layers of spackle-smooth-dry-sand to get it to the flatness that I wanted.

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

Once it is sanded and smooth, paint right over it. We have a can of paint that we got color matched to our doors and trim, but I painted the entire door frame to get a perfectly consistent look. Differences in color, sheen, and even the overall age and condition of the paint can make touch up spots stand out. In an area as small as this, it gave me more peace of mind to just paint the whole thing.

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

Ta-da! Now you would never know that there was a door hinged here!

How to Repair a Door Jamb After Removing the Door - Charleston Crafted

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