Molding a door

Molding a door

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Taking measurements

This is the most important and the most difficult part of this whole project! Traditionally, this type of communication door has three asymmetrical panels, one large at the top and two small at the bottom ... Nothing forces you to follow this precept! First choose the shape, number and dimensions of your panels according to the size of the door. Do not hesitate to draw a sketch, to scale, to avoid errors of assessment. Note that this type of decoration helps to correct certain defects in proportions. For example, with a narrow door, avoid the multiplication of narrow and vertical panels, but favor the horizontality which will give your door, once finished, a width effect.

The step by step


Dismantle the door and put it on a pair of trestles, then with a meter and a pencil, locate the location of the moldings.


Then draw it using a spirit level, much more rigid than the meter. Make a really precise layout, perfectly square, take care of the angles, because all the imperfections will be accentuated by the moldings.


Use a miter box to get precise cuts of the moldings, then sand the ends with a fine-grained abrasive that will remove any irregularities before assembly.


Position the molding along the mark and fix it. Even with a good miter box, the angles are not always perfect and there is often a little day left at the base of the moldings. Seal it with an acrylic sealant that you will smooth with the tip of your wet finger.


Wait for complete drying before painting. You can opt for a discreet decor with a shade on the entire surface of the door or, on the contrary, make a rechampi and choose another shade to paint the moldings in order to give them more character.

The right move

Your door rubs lightly on the floor ... Lift it slightly and slide a sheet of coarse sandpaper at the point of friction. Hold the sheet with your feet and maneuver the door so that it sands itself on the sandpaper. If this is not enough, unfasten the door and install brass hinges on each hinge. These are small washers that slightly raise the door.


The fixing is carried out traditionally with small points with head of man, of which you will make penetrate the end in the molding with a nail puncher. It's a bit long, but you can later disassemble your sticks. You can also use a glue putty, easy to use thanks to a cannula tip ... However, this type of glue, very resistant, does not allow disassembly. On a painted, especially lacquered door, it is essential to slightly scratch the surface to be glued beforehand.

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