Easy door upgrade with moulding

Many apartments have basic builder grade finishes that can be pretty plain and boring, and my apartment is no exception. I have very inexpensive hallow core doors that have zero character or architectural detail and they were screaming for some moulding detail. But being a renter, I had to figure out a creative way to do install it without making any holes or permanent changes to the door. The solution? Removable double sided tape!


Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Cut the molding with a miter box and saw to make your design (cutting the moulding at a 45 degree angle makes nicer joints at the corners). For my door, I made 3 squares roughly 20″x20″.  Update: you can skip the cutting part and buy the moulding ready made here – huge time saver!

Easy door upgrade step 1


Step 2:  Place Glue Dots HybriBond Repositionable Mounting Tape on the back of the moulding and remove the liner



Step 3: Place on the door, and reposition until all the pieces are nicely aligned, then press firmly into place. Using tape to mark out the outline of where you want your moulding to be makes it a lot easier to install.


Step 4:  Fill in the gaps at the corners with wood filler, let it dry and sand until smooth before painting the moulding to match the door or a contrasting color, depending on the look you want.


Now my doors have a lot more personality than before and it was a mess-free, nail-free project!


 * This post was sponsored by Glue Dots – all opinions are my own *

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  1. CLK

    I love this idea. I have an old house with hollow-core doors and want the look of the panel without the expense. This is perfect. All I need to do now is by the molding, tape and paint the doors. Do you recommend I sand and paint and then apply the molding or sand, apply the molding and then paint. Looking forward to your reply.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi! Glad you like my idea! I would recommend to sand and paint after applying the molding. Have fun and share pics of your project when you do it, I would love to see it.

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