How to Repair a Hole in a Wooden Door

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How to Repair a Hole in a Wooden Door
It is easy to put a hole through a wooden door. (white wooden door 3 image by Guy N. from

Holes in wooden doors can be easily made. Hollow wooden doors, especially, can be broken through by accident or with little effort. When fixing a broken wooden door, it is important to make repairs from the inside to the outside. You will need to start by filling in the area inside the door to prevent it from breaking in that spot again, and move to repairing the surface. Fixing your own wooden door can help you save money and brush up on your repairing skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Spray foam insulation
  • Razor blade
  • Vinyl spackling compound
  • 3-inch putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or paint
  • Pen or stick

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  1. 1

    Remove any broken pieces that may have got pushed into the hollow door, and fill the inside with spray foam insulation. Allow the insulation to expand and dry overnight. This will help the door to be sturdier and not get damaged in this spot again.

  2. 2

    Cut off the excess insulation with a razor blade, leaving the surface of the insulation behind the surface of the door, not even with it.

  3. 3

    Apply the vinyl spackling compound using a 3-inch putty knife over the insulation and going slightly over to the rest of the door. You can get vinyl spackling compound at any hardware store. Apply enough of the vinyl so the broken spot evens out with the rest of the door. Texture the vinyl to match the rest of the wood with the sick or pen, and allow it to dry.

  4. 4

    Lightly sand over the vinyl in the same direction as the wood grain on the door. Do not erase your texture marks, but make it a smooth surface. Paint or stain the vinyl the same colour as the rest of the door.

Tips and warnings

  • You should have experience working with spray insulation before using it in this project.

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