How to Dress Up a Hollow-Core Door
Apply panel molding to a featureless door to create a grand entrance to any room
If you're living with builder-grade slab-style doors, just think of them as so many blank canvases. You can mimic the look of a traditional panel door simply by applying frames of molding. It's an easy project with endless possibilities, since you can match the moldings to any existing ones and re-create the look of any panel style you like. Follow along as This Old House contributor Christopher Beidel, owner of Pernt, a handmade-furniture company in Brooklyn, New York, leads us through the simple steps of adding character to a plain door.
Molding: Poplar nose-and-cove molding, $1.20 per linear foot; at home centers.
Overview for Dressing Up a Hollow-Core Door
SATURDAY Cut and install the panel frames (Steps 2–11).
SUNDAY Hang the door and install the lockset (Step 12-13).
Download and print the cut list.
Cut List for Dressing Up a Hollow-Core Door:
1⅛-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding for the rails: eight @ 8 inches
1⅛-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding for the top stiles: four @ 28 inches
1⅛-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding for the bottom stiles: four @ 18 inches