Add trim to plain door

Standard home - standard doors! There's nothing special about the boring interior doors that get fitted to most homes. But there is a way to transform them into a unique feature for your home.


All you need are a couple of lengths of pine trim that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse, some panel pins, a tube of No More Nails, and a can of paint in your choice of colour. Oh, and painting equipment!

The best paint to use for this project is Plascon Velvaglo waterbased enamel paint for a durable and washable finish.

GOOD TO KNOW: Before you start, use 120-grit sandpaper or an orbital sander and sanding pads, to go over the front, back and sides of the door so it will be easy to paint once you have applied the trim.

Use a tape measure and pencil to mark out where the trim is to be fitted on your door. You need to cut the sections with a mitre box and saw, or mitre saw, so that the corners are 45-degress - or mitred - similar to a picture frame. This gives the trim a nice, neat finish.

Since most interior doors are hollow, you can use Pattex No More Nails to glue the sections onto the door. Wipe away any excess glue that squeezes out before it dries.

Once all the sections are glued in place, leave overnight for the adhesive to dry properly. After that, you can start painting your door. There's no need for a primer if you have sanded beforehand. The sanding will de-gloss the surface and leave it ready for painting. Paint around the trim first with a small paintbrush and then go over this with the foam roller, so that there are no visible paint edges or brush strokes.