Interior Door Upgrade

By RYOBI Nation

SKILL
easy

Let’s face it, it’s time the plain doors in your home got the upgrade they desperately need! Transform any room in your home with this step-by-step DIY Door Upgrade tutorial using only 4 tools! **Disclaimer – These plans are for a standard 32"x 80" door. A door that is narrower or wider will require a modified length for the rails. See step 4 to determine the length.

Tools

  • Pin Nailer
  • Tape Measure
  • Orbit Sander
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw

Accessories

  • 7 PC. 5" RANDOM ORBIT SANDER SAND PAPER

Materials

  • 18 Gauge Collated Nails
  • 3/4"x2-5/8"X8' Moulding
  • Circular Magnet
  • Painting Supplies
  • Plastic Wood Filler
  • Wooden Roughout

Steps

STEP 1

Remove door using hinge pin remover. Tip - Grab a scrap block that is slightly shorter than the gap underneath the door. Place the scrap block in the under the middle of the door to stabilize It when removing or installing.

Tools

Hammer, Hinge pin remover

STEP 2

Remove all hardware from the door.

Tools

Drill/driver, Phillips head PH2 bit

STEP 3

Clean and sand the door. Refer to page 8 for sanding tips. Remove all dust from the surfaces of the door.

Tools

5" Random Orbital Sander

Materials

5" Sanding paper

STEP 4

Mark the outside edge of where the molding will go. Follow the diagram for offset distances from the edge of the door. On a 32" x 80" door, the upper panel is 23-1/2"

STEP 5

Use the miter saw to cut the molding to the proper lengths. All joinings will be at 45 degrees.

Tools

Miter saw, tape measure

STEP 6

Starting on the lower panel, match up a corner using (1) 23-1/2” rail and (1) 24” stile. Glue long edges and tack in place with a 23gs pin ailer. Using (1) nail near each end will do.

Tools

Tape measure, 23ga pin nailer

Materials

23ga pin nails

STEP 7

Follow the same process from STEP 6 and add the other lower rail and stile.

Tools

Tape measure, 23ga pin nailer

Materials

23 ga pin nails

STEP 8

Repeat STEP 6 & 7 to complete the upper panel. Add an additional nail to the middle of the 36-1/4” stiles. Flip the door over and do the same to the opposite side by repeating STEPS 6-8.

Tools

23GA pin nailer, tape measurer

Materials

23ga pin nails

STEP 9

Prime and paint door. Tip - fill pin any nail holes with wood filler and sand.

Materials

Paint supplies

STEP 10

Once the door is dry, reattach hardware.

Tools

Drill/Drive, PH2 Phillips head bit

STEP 11

Mount door back to jambs. PROJECT COMPLETE!