How to Update a Flat Internal Door

Written by daniella lauren
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Although they're common in many homes, flat interior doors can be plain and unassuming. You can update these doors with a little work; this can save you considerable money, as you will not have to purchase a different door to update your decor. A couple of update projects include painting the door, changing the hardware or adding trim to the door. Each of these projects will require a few basic tools and a long weekend to complete all the tasks.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Nail tap
  • Tarp
  • Sawhorses
  • Screwdriver
  • Mitre box
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Replacement doorknob
  • Replacement hinges

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  1. 1

    Lay a tarp on the floor next to the door opening.

  2. 2

    Place two sawhorses on the tarp, evenly spaced out.

  3. 3

    Close the door tightly. Remove the hinge pins, using a hammer and nail tap. Open the door to remove it from the space.

  4. 4

    Place the door on the sawhorses. Remove the hinges and doorknob from the door, using a screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Use a paintbrush and paint to change the colour of the door. Wait 24 hours, and flip the door over to paint the other side.

  6. 6

    Replace the old hinges and doorknob with a new style after you've painted the door. Attach the new hinges and doorknob with a screwdriver and the provided screws. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing the new doorknob.

  7. 7

    Measure trim to add to the door. Use a tape measure to take measurements a few inches inside the door edges.

  8. 8

    Cut the trim to the appropriate length, using a mitre box and saw. Cut 45-degree angles, using the mitre saw for the corners of the trim.

  9. 9

    Attach the trim to the door, using wood glue. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.

  10. 10

    Flip the door over and repeat Steps 7 through 9 to add trim to the other side of the door.

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