How to fix door molding

Written by michael davidson
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How to fix door molding
Repairing door moulding requires some diligence. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Door moulding is both a practical and decorative perimeter around a door frame, covering the joint where the door meets the surrounding wall. Mouldings come in varied styles and colours to fit a homeowner's tastes and the style of the home. A door moulding can show damage as it ages, or it can be dented or cracked when something large is brought through the door and hits the moulding. Repairing a door moulding requires some preparation and diligence.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Block of wood
  • Crowbar
  • Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Paint
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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  1. 1

    Cut through any paint seal between the wall and the damaged area of moulding with a utility knife.

  2. 2

    Pry the damaged moulding slightly away from the door by sliding a putty knife between the moulding and the door or wall. Do not bend the tool.

  3. 3

    Place a block of wood against the door. Leverage a crowbar against it while sliding the end of the bar into the space you made between the door and the damaged moulding with the putty knife. The block will protect the door from damage as you pull out the moulding with the crowbar.

  4. 4

    Pry the damaged moulding out of the door frame. Cut through any nails that are holding the moulding in place at the corners, using a small hacksaw. This avoids splitting the moulding or damaging the door or wall.

  5. 5

    Cut replacement moulding to the same size as the piece you just removed. The ends likely will need to be angled 45 degrees to match up with the moulding pieces that are still in place. Stain or paint the replacement piece to match the rest of the moulding around the door frame. Allow the finish to dry thoroughly.

  6. 6

    Position the new moulding in place. Secure the moulding by hammering nails into its ends. Choose the same size and type of nail that was used on the original moulding.

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