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Updating Interior Doors with Molding

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Our 90’s home was graced with ugly flat panel interior doors that are nothing nice to look at. Today, we’re talking to you about updating interior doors with molding. Adding a little bit of detail to flat panel doors transforms them into something you can be proud of.

Updating Interior Doors with Molding

Prep Work

The first thing we did was go around and measure each door. While they are all the same height, they were almost all different widths.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

We opted for a pattern of a tall rectangle and a small square for each door. For consistency (since none of the doors were the same size, the best thing to do was to say that the design would be set four inches in from the edges of each door.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

The molding option we used was 1/4″ plywood. We decided to use four inch wide strips of plywood to match the four inch space around the rectangles. You could use actual molding, but plywood is much more budget friendly.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

Each upper rectangle was 41 1/4″ tall and each square at the bottom was 22″ tall. The widths varied based on the door.

We ripped down the plywood into 4″ wide strips, then cut all the strips we needed for each door.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

Attaching the Molding

We then used a combination of different squaring tools to make sure that the four inch gap was equal around the doors. Then we used a brad nailer with 1″ nails to attach the strips to the door.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

When everything was up, we caulked the holes and seams, then sanded everything smooth.

Painting the Doors

Finally came the real transformation. This wouldn’t be possible without our friends at HomeRight. We used their Super Finish Max Sprayer to paint all our doors the same color. Using HomeRight’s large spray shelter, we were able to keep the wind and dirt away from the doors while spraying them.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

HomeRight’s Super Finish Max Sprayer made this project so easy. The spray stream from the Finish Max is consistent, smooth and really covers well. We were able to spray all the doors in our house in about two hours, allowing for slight drying breaks.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

We did each door one at at time and then propped them standing up in the garage.

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

This fairly simple updating interior doors project took our boring flat panel doors from drab to fab. The 1/4″ plywood looks seamless on the old doors and looks like it’s always been there. We love how upgraded the doors look now thanks to some ingenuity and HomeRight!

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted

It might be a little harder to see online, but the difference in person is truly outstanding. Print off all the steps needed with our how-to guide below!

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 door

How to Upgrade Flat Panel Doors with Molding

Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $50-100

Flat panel interior doors can be super boring and builder grade. Here is how to upgrade them in an easy and budget friendly way.

Materials

  • 1/4" plywood
  • Brad nails
  • Caulk
  • Paint

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Brad nailer
  • Sander
  • Speed square
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • HomeRight Finish Max Super Sprayer
  • HomeRight large spray shelter

Instructions

  1. Determine lengths of plywood needed. Measure twice! See notes below for more.
  2. Cut plywood into 4" wide strips.
  3. Cut plywood strips to pre-determined lengths.
  4. Sand all plywood.
  5. Remove existing knobs from doors.
  6. Use speed square + level and a pencil to mark lines where your molding will go on each door.
  7. Use brad nailer to attach plywood along marked lines.
  8. Caulk all seams and nail holes.
  9. Once caulk is dry, sand and wipe clean.
  10. Remove each door from the hinges.
  11. Place in spray shelter. We propped top of doors on a sawhorse and layed a tarp underneath.
  12. Use paint sprayer to paint the door. Do two even coats, making sure to get the edges of the plywood.
  13. Allow to dry.
  14. Re-hang doors.
  15. Add any new knobs or hardware.

Notes

  • Measurements will vary depending on your door sizes. We determined board lengths based on them being 4" away from the edge of each door. Almost every interior door in our home was a different width, so this was the best way to get a consistent look.

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Sunday 6th of September 2020

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Amy

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Hi did you buy plywood sheets, if so how many and what sizes, length x width

Morgan

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Hi Amy - this will 100% depend on the size of your doors and how many you are doing. Our number won't help you. We bought full sheets of 1/4" plywood, cut to 4" wide strips, cut to lengths you need.

Aaron

Thursday 14th of November 2019

Please update the hinges to black

Sean

Friday 15th of November 2019

That's a good call.