Easy Flat Panel Door Makeover

Easy Flat Panel Door Makeover

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I must have this thing for doors lately... I just finished redoing the front door and now this bathroom door. To see the front door makeover, click on over to 1960 Front Door Makeover. It came out so great!!

Anyway, the real reason I finished the bathroom door, was because it was the last project to finish our guest bathroom and hubby's been wanting me to FINISH projects! 😜 😍

I'm so glad I did too! I wasn't too sure how many panels to do on this door, but in the end we thought that 2 panels felt right for this house. Practically all the doors in this house are flat panel, so I'll be doing this treatment to all of them... eventually.

It's a pretty simple process. This door was painted on one side and stained on the other. I quickly sanded both sides.

Flat panel door

If you've followed me for awhile, you'll know I've used underlayment for all the shiplap projects we've done. (You can check out the list below) It's cheap and easy to work with. Even with the rising cost of lumber this year, it still was only about $15 for a 4x8 ft. sheet. 

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So, Hubby and I picked up some underlayment at Lowes. The first thing we did was rip the big sheet in half lengthwise. This made it much easier for me to cut the rest of the strips out by myself. 👍

Here are the measurements for the underlayment strips I cut. Then I dry fitted them on the door.

Measurements for underlayment strips on door

I did this to both sides of the door. To adhere them to the door, I used Gorilla Wood Glue and my trusty Ryobi Airless Nail Gun. Using clamps also helped keep the pieces in place. 

Attaching underlayment strips to flat panel door

You want to make sure that your edges are all even and flush with the edge of the door. 

*Note - Don't forget to recut your door knob hole. After one side was finished, I flipped the door over and cut the door hole with a hole saw. It was easy because there was already an existing hole.

Then I filled all the joints with wood filler and caulked inside the panels with a paintable caulk.

Wood fill joints and caulk panels

The other thing I had to do while the wood filler was drying, was to cut away the excess wood from the door hinge. I used our Dewalt Oscillating Multi Tool for that simple little job.

Cut excess wood out from door hinge

Once the wood filler was dry, I sanded everything down with my favorite sander, Dewalt Oscillating Sander. It made quick work of making everything smooth. 

Then it was time for paint! That's the super easy part! At this point, there are 2 coats of primer on.

Prime & painting door

Then 2 coats of paint and let's hang this door. 

Before we get to that, I had to fix the size of the door hole. Apparently, older door knobs were much smaller. We had to do this same thing to our front door.

Anyway, this Ryobi Door Hole Saw Kit, is a lifesaver! It's super hard to 're cut' holes without some sort of guide to keep the hole saw in the correct placement. 

Fixing Door hole size

Yay! It's all done! I picked up this black door knob on Amazon. 

New door knob installed

What a difference!! I love how it came out!

Flat Panel Door Makeover

There is just something about this craftsman trim and the door that just makes me smile! 💗

Craftsman Trim and door


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