Make: Refurbishing a Door
Message from Maggie:
The previous owner of our home installed a dog door into the glass backdoor. I took it as a sign that we should get a dog, but Mr. Magpie disagreed. After living it with for a year we finally decided to do something about it. You might remember our visit to Community Forklift, a non-profit reuse center for home improvement, where we found a door nearly identical to our current back door- but without the dog door cut out- for only $35. However, it needed some love. It was a bit too large on the top and on one side requiring some minor cuts before refurbishing.
What you need:
- Old door
- Work bench
- ScotchBlue painters tape
- 3m Sanding sponges
- Paint (we used Semigloss)
- Door hinges
- Door knob
- Small blade
- Place door outside on work bench.
- Tape along any glass areas making sure not to leave any gaps.
- Sand door with sander and use sandpaper spongers to get tough to reach areas.
- Clean sand off with wet rag.
- Flip to front of door and sand with sander before using sandpaper sponges to get tough to reach areas.
- Clean sand off with wet rag and let it dry.
- Prime front of door and let it dry.
- Prime back of door and let it dry.
- Paint front of door and let it dry.
- Paint back of door and let it dry.
- Once is dry, install door hinges, door knob, and lock.
- Hang on door frame.
- Then remove tape pulling it towards you.
- If you miss spots go around with a small brush and fill in.
- If paint gets on glass use a blade to carefully scrape it off.
Before + After