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maggie_may58

05:21PM | 06/24/01
Member Since: 05/06/01
7 lifetime posts
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I'm renting a nice home with two of the ugliest double doors in the front of the house that I've ever seen. The landlord isn't interested in fixing up the property, and I do plan to stay here another 2-3 years, so I'd like suggestions on how to make the doors look nicer without the cost of completely replacing them. The doors have apparently got holes in them from previous tenants, and to cover these holes someone has placed UGLY, 3-D plastic molding over the middle of the doors to hide the holes. These moldings are cracked, broken and yellowed. Any suggestions? Should I try to find new moldings for these doors? Or give up and start saving my mad money for doors that I'll have to leave behind when I finally can buy my own home? Thanks in advance for ANY ideas. I'm desperate, and poor. :^D

rpxlpx

11:53AM | 06/25/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Are the doors made of wood? If so, you could remove the beat-up plastic, sand rough spots smooth, fill the holes with wood filler, and paint.

maggie_may58

02:31PM | 06/25/01
Member Since: 05/06/01
7 lifetime posts
Nope, sorry, I forget to mention that the doors are steel, or some similar type of metal. I'm wondering if, at this point, I couldn't just take off the nasty moldings, paint the doors (they really need it, badly) and maybe find somewhere that SELLS the silly plastic moldings. I'd settle for having moldings on the doors, if they're new, and not decrepit-looking. *L*

rpxlpx

08:44AM | 06/26/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Depending how big the holes are, you might still be able to fill with a filler product, then sand and paint. (possibly, a fiberglass filler) Use paint that's made for metal, etc., not wood.
Even though the appearance is currently an irritation, sounds like you've got time to work with it.

collie201

06:23PM | 07/20/01
Member Since: 07/05/01
6 lifetime posts
I found a beautiful door at a discount home center which sells surplus buildling materials. Mine cost $250 but they had beautiful front doors from $119 to $200. Each day when I sit in the living room or on the porch and look at the beautiful door, I love it so much! For 2 or 3 years of hating the ugly things, it's definetly worth it to replace them with something new you love ! Try the yellow pages to find a surplus home center. Even well-known home center storesh have beautiful doors for $149ish each. Go for it!
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