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  1. I can’t figure out what trim you used. Can you please let me know? Love the look of the finished door. I’m wanting to do this upgrade on our mobile home doors. Thank you.

  2. Hi. One of our bedroom doors came apart on us, and I wanted to know how to fix it. Can they be repaired with small nails?

    1. Hi Larry,

      You may be able to use small nails on the perimeter but most interior mobile home doors are hollow and made of paper baffles and with a thin veneer laid on both sides so glue is usually your best bet. PS: Interior doors can sometimes be bought for less than $50 at our local mobile home supply store – you may want to check at your local store.

      Best of luck!

  3. I have an older mobile home. The interior doors are “peeling” I believe the stuff is called thermo foil but I’m not sure. it looks like wood grain contact paper. Its awful. Wondering how to go about getting this stuff off so I can paint the doors??? thoughts?

    1. Hi Shannon!

      That paper stuff is a pain!

      I rarely say this but I think in a competition between effort and cost, buying new interior doors is probably the easiest thing you can do when it comes to dealing with mobile home interior doors with peeling paper or film. I really hate to say that cause I truly believe in the reduce, reuse, recycle (cheap) way of life but most of those doors are hollow and the thin veneer with the paper film glued to it just doesn’t provide much to do anything with. If you could tear or sand the paper off you’ll likely be dealing with a particle chipboard type wood and that can’t be sanded smooth. The only real remedy would be gluing a new veneer or a heavy wallpaper to it and that’s harder than it sounds.

      For around $30 you can buy a new interior door at Lowe’s – you’ll easily find the right width but the height will probably be too long. Just cut it off at the bottom and add the strip from the piece you cut off to the new end and call it a day. For around $50 you can buy actual manufactured home sized interior doors and install them quickly and easily with no sawing needed…lol

      Enough thin veneer or paintable wallpaper to cover both sides of a door is probably gonna cost about $30 per door (at least it did when I went looking for a way to update our bedroom doors) so buying new doors is only a tad more expensive and a lot easier.

      If the doors are solid wood, by all means keep them and tear that foil stuff of them and sand them smooth – it will look great!

      Best of luck! Thank you so much for contacting me!

      1. having dealt with tenants for years, it seems the bottoms always get bashed up. i put a wide trim strip across the bottom and the top. I also have done repairs with sheetrock mud. A home i am working on now, has a fist hole in the door. Can you imagine how nice one of those quilted picture/memory boards will look on that door? :) … Other thought… if you could get it somewhat smooth, you may be able to just paper the entire door and put trim on the edges… i love this door upgrade, and got damaged wainscoting panels for cheap… that’s me…. and am using it to improve and fix a six panel door. Then when i saw this was done with wallpaper… i’m on it … love the finished look.

      2. Hi Crystal…thank you for sharing! What kind of paint was used? Water based?

      3. I have 6 panel doors with the pe peeling paper finish. If I can get the paper off, can I stain the door? The door has a wood grain surface under the paper, but does appear to be some sort of particle board. Doors are solid, just a problem with the finish.

      4. Hi Sue,

        You could probably paint it but I doubt a stain would work due to the thin material and whatever they soak it in during production. I’d test it on a small inner area and see what happens – maybe you could use a gel stain?

        Let me know how it goes?

  4. I’m speechless at what an amazing difference this makes!! I am definitely putting this on my “one day I’m doing this” list. Thank you for sharing this…I came upon it via Pinterest :)

    1. That’s a great point Sienna! There are a lot of great glues on the market these days! I think most of us that are over 30 can’t quite grasp that today’s glues are actually good enough to use alone (for certain projects).

      Thanks so much!

    2. i’m a fan of the new gorilla wood glue. the other gorilla glue expands. you might be able to cheat and use two sided tape? i would do a quick caulk around and that would help hold it.

  5. Hey there! I was just perusing Pinterest and suddenly I saw a pin with a picture of my pantry door (that sponge painting is pretty recognizable, yuck!)! I’m so glad that you were able to use my Imgur post to create this! I feel like a star, lol!

    For the person that was wondering, I did just use a regular door knob for this. I had to rout out a spot for the latch on the door because the latch for our old knob wasn’t countersunk into the door at all, it just sat flush. I can take a few more pics and send them to you if you’d like!

    1. Hi Casie!

      Thank you so much for sharing your project on Imgur so people like me can share it! I love your doors and will be doing my own exactly like yours – you inspired me!

      If you have any more great projects please let me know! I’m always looking for new ideas to make my manufactured home beautiful! Thank you!

  6. Did you just use a standard door handle from a hardware store? Or did you have to order a custom one? Im having a terrible time finding handles that fit correctly.

    1. Hi Fallon!

      You should be able to find an interior door knob specifically for mobile homes. We installed new interior doors and just used the cheap ones at Lowes but we did have to adapt a bit by carving out additional space for the bar thing. I Googled searched and found some mobile home interior door knobs for $9.99 at Home Dept. Here’s the link:

      Good luck!

  7. What a difference! I often forget how simple changes can make such a big difference. I just bought some paintable beadboard wallpaper and I am going to try this on my kitchen cabinet doors. I have never done anything with trim before so I am kind of scared of the project. Mistakes can be covered with wood putty and paint so I really need to just jump in and do it.

      1. We are in the process of redoing all the doors finally in our 91 double wide I looked at all the options and I like this one the best and it’s fairly simple to do . Cutting luan strips 3 1/2 wide and attaching all around the outside edge for a farm house door. I am priming & painting white & spray painting all the hardware dark grey almost black