faux raised panel door

Submitted by brittanyj on Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:43

Can I be real with you here? This projects was a pain. I love the way it turned out, but getting there was a horrendous process. Blisters, cuts, sore muscles and exhaustion contributed to an overall very distasteful experience for me.
We have cheap hollow core doors throughout our house that are slathered in what turns out to be 12 layers of paint. Getting that paint off was torture. Paint stripper, painters tool, steel wool, wire brush, mineral spirits and a belt sander all did their part over 4 days to get this paint off. Afterwards, when I sanded the holey, splintered mess of a door, it actually looked like I could make something of it. I stained it, and cut strips of 1/8" ply, nailing them to each side. I ORB sprayed the knobs and hinges, moved the casing (breaking the casing, of course, and having to buy new casing) to fit the new width of the door, and installed it all in place.
As I said, I love the results, but boy was it a chore. The white door is a before door.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
steel wool and vinegar stain, black tea
Recommended Skill Level