Mimic the architectural elegance of an old-time panel door by adding narrow moldings and a little paint to a nondescript door.
- 2 complementary paint colors
- Narrow trim molding in 2 widths and similar designs
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw
- Wood glue
- Finishing nails
- Nail set
1. Paint the entire door a base color.
2. Mark and paint the "panel" color.
3. Measure placement and cut molding. Miter-cut the first molding to create the outer border of the panels; cut the second molding to fit 2 inches inside the first.
4. Paint and attach molding. Paint all the pieces of molding, then glue and nail them in place. Because the door's wood is thin, nails alone aren't strong enough for everyday wear and tear. Wood glue actually holds the trim in place, but the nails keep things from shifting while the glue dries.
5. Finish. Fill the nail holes with putty and touch up the paint.
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