Exterior Paneled Door Surface
We added pine boards, in panels, to the exterior side of the door frame. To achieve a clean, modern look, we secured the pine board panels in the back. We first drilled pilot holes through the door frame. Then we added some wood glue to each pine board, before using 1-1/4″ screws to secure them to the door frame.
It can be helpful to use some bar clamps to help keep the pine board panels in place while the glue sets. For the interior side of the door, we decided to go with plywood. These panels were glued onto the door frame and further secured with our brad nailer and brad nails.
If you’re going to add hinges to your DIY paneled door, then I highly recommend purchasing a door hinge kit. It worked beautifully with our router. You may also need a door lock installation kit to create that perfect cut-out for your locksets. On the exterior side, we caulked those horizontal gaps to prevent any moisture from getting into the hollow middle section of the door.
We decided to keep the door finish simple and stained both sides. I always use my personal creation of Natural and Early American stains to achieve the perfect brown shade. We made sure to apply a clear wood sealer to protect the exterior door surface from moisture. If you love this stain combo then check out how we used it in the following DIY projects:
Interior Vs. Exterior Door Designs
Both door designs couldn’t have turned out any more beautiful! The brown stain is serving up all the warmth this space needed and we couldn’t be happier! Originally I wanted the interior side painted SW Dorian Gray to match our main home’s interior doors. However, staining one side and then having to tape it up to paint the other side was too time-consuming. That’s when we made the decision to stain both sides instead. Some parts of the interior door wouldn’t stain because we’d used spackling paste to fill in some gaps. A happy accident I have zero regrets about because it created a whole new design!
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I hope we’ve inspired you to try out this door build and remember to be kind to yourselves. Projects don’t always go as planned and design changes aren’t necessarily bad either. Embrace your happy accidents. Until next time friends!