Updating interior doors
Our hallway renovation is coming right along! I wanted new bedroom and bath doors but oh the cost! After researching I decided instead to work on updating our interior doors with molding, paint, and some new handles.
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I’ve seen so many use molding to update their doors, so I settled on a simple double boxed pattern and sent Travis off for material.
updating interior doors
What you’ll need:
- wood glue
- tape to hold the wood in place while drying
- 1/2″ flat moldings
- sandpaper (optional)
- Handles (if needed)
Trimming out the doors
We needed enough materials for four doors and ended up getting eight, 10 foot pieces of 1/2″ molding. They were 67 cents per foot. We used about two, 10 foot sticks per door for a total of $13 spent on wood for each one. This was just for the fronts of the doors, we didn’t apply the moldings to the back.
Travis cut and measured the wood trim and taped them to the doors, and I came along after and glued them into place. I simply removed half of the tape, pulled the wood down, adhered the glue, and taped back into place. Make sure to wipe off any excess glue that shows around the moldings.
Let the glue set for 24 hours and then remove tape. Caulk any areas that you feel gap. Once that’s dried it’s time to paint. I went ahead and removed all the door knobs and threw them away since I knew we’d be replacing them anyhow. This also made it much easier to paint.
Painting the doors
Sherwin Williams is my go-to paint. My favorite color is reflective white. While I realize Sherwin William is on the pricy side, I’ve used several other brands and nothing stands up to the quality. Plus, they always have good sales if you sign up for their emails!
I did not sand, except in a few areas where there were stickers kids had placed on the doors previously, or rough spots on the trim where they’d been rammed into before. As for primer . . . well I didn’t do that either. Here’s where some may disagree with me. Painters swear by Kilz It Primer, (and I’m no pro painter) and honestly, if my doors had been super glossy I might have used it. Since they weren’t though, I just saw it as an extra step that wasn’t needed, and went straight in with the paint. I had no stain bleeding into the white paint. It did however, take four coats over the dark wood doors. I had expected as much going into it though. If you’re in doubt, go ahead and use primer first.
Installing the knobs
Once the doors were dry Travis went ahead and installed the doorknobs. We went with this exact door knob and love it. It closes and opens super easy. We bought the lock ones for our room and the bathroom, and the no-lock version for the kids rooms.
Per Door Cost
That’s it for updating interior doors! A little time and elbow grease and we have amazing looking, quality doors. The total price per door was as follows:
One gallon paint which did 5 doors, so per door was $10
Doorknob $34 (You may not need a knob, and there are several options much cheaper available as well)
Total per door: $61
Again, if you just did the wood and paint it’d be much cheaper. I wanted quality parts and needed to update the handles and liked the look of this style, so we splurged a bit.
Stay tuned for our final reveal post when the hallway is complete!
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