Let me just come right out and say it.
I HATE slab doors. For real…
And you know what really stinks? I have a 3000 square foot house FULL of them! 15 of them to be exact… and they aren’t even remotely pretty. They’re wood with wood trim which in many cases is beautiful, but not mine. Check out this gem.
With the bathroom remodel, I knew something had to give with these doors. I was going to step out of my comfort zone and show these doors some love!
Today I am going to show you how to update your interior doors and take them from SLAB to FAB!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 ugly slab door
- 1 sheet (4×8) of 1/4″ thick plywood cut in to 4 inch by 8 foot strips – the guy at Lowe’s seemed a bit annoyed when I told him I wanted the whole sheet cut, but he did it anyway. I got birch plywood that didn’t have a lot of grain showing. It’s more expensive, but not by much and it looks so much better when it’s painted than the cheaper versions. OH and it’s pre-sanded on top… SCORE!
- Liquid Nails
- Primer – I use Zinsser BIN, it is BY FAR the best!
- I also use my finishing nail gun in addition to the Liquid Nails.
- DAP White Paintable Caulk
- 2 1/2 inch hole saw
- Sand paper
- Paint (I use Sherwin Williams)
- Wood Filler (I use Elmers)
- Joint Compound (I use DryDex by DAP)
Step 1: Remove the door and door knob
I had my “demo hubby” do this. Seriously, y’all… he can take something apart or demolish it faster than I have ever seen.
BRAG TIME: I told him last weekend that I’d really like the overgrown flower bed at the end of our driveway cleaned out completely. It was full of yucca plants that the previous owner had planted and they were way overgrown. I’ve tried over the years to trim them back, cut them down… but there are a tremendous amount of bugs in that flower bed and I always end up running back to the house with the heebie-jeebies and it doesn’t get finished. This man of mine heard my plea! He got up early Sunday, pulled and chopped everything down, mowed over it and was back inside in the shower within 45 minutes! I hadn’t even gotten out of bed yet! Check out his aftermath.
Ok… back to the door.
I removed the hinges from the door and the door jamb, then cleaned the door really well with Clorox Wipes.
Step 2: Remove the door stops
Because we’re going to be adding thickness to the door (basically 1/2 inch) from the plywood, if we just put the door back up, it won’t shut properly. So we have to move the door stops back. Door stops are what stop your door from swinging through and basically breaking your door or pulling it and the hinges off.
All of the tutorials I saw on this showed pretty people popping the stops off easily, painting them and nailing them back up…easy peasy…NOT!
Apparently my door stops are attached on ONE SIDE… as in.. the stop and jamb are one piece. When I noticed this, I was already half way through ripping it off, no going back now. I made a complete mess…jamb, stops and wood were flying everywhere.
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