how to change in­te­rior doors

Make a huge dif­fer­ence in a week­end by re­plac­ing dated doors with some­thing stylish

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A week­end style re­fresh

New doors can be a real game changer when up­dat­ing your home, com­pletely re­vamp­ing its look and feel – es­pe­cially if you use glazed or part-glazed doors to let light flow around. 1 choose Your door style

mod­ern doors rarely work well in older prop­er­ties and vice versa, so match the style of your doors to the age of your home. if you live in a pe­riod home, you might find doors that match your in­te­rior mould­ings at sal­vage yards, on web­sites like ebay, Freecy­cle, or even in skips!

2 do the prep

if you’re reusing old doors, re­move old paint with paint strip­per and a heat gun, or use a pro­fes­sional dip-and-strip ser­vice (prices start from around £25 per door).

3 size it Up

Prop the door against the frame, so you can mark it for trim­ming to the cor­rect size.

4 trim to fit

small amounts of wood can be shaved off with a plane. if you need to re­move more than 5mm, lay the door on a work­bench, saw off most of the ex­cess wood, then fin­ish off with the plane.

5 stop it stick­ing

When you’re happy with the size, plane a slope on the edges of both door stiles (the ver­ti­cal strips down the sides of the door) to­wards the doorstop (the strip of wood stick­ing out from the frame that stops the door swing­ing open).

6 plan hinge po­si­tions

Get some­one to hold the door up to the frame for you. mark the hinge re­cesses on the door.

7 hang it in place

Po­si­tion the hinges on the door, mark around them and use the chisel to cre­ate the re­cesses. if you need to make the frame re­cesses big­ger, use the chisel to go over them again. use one screw per hinge to fix the hinges to the door and then the door to the frame (the screws mustn’t stick out). When the door opens and closes smoothly, you can drive in the rest of the screws.

8 paint the door

or, if you’re us­ing un­fin­ished wooden doors and want to leave them un­painted, fill gaps with flex­i­ble filler in a match­ing colour be­fore sand­ing and wax­ing for a beau­ti­ful fin­ish.

Too much of a faff? Try Jeld-wen’s easy-fit door kit, from £72, B&Q

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