Our linen closet had the last flat-panel door left in the house. And when it was time to update the linen closet for the One Room Challenge this fall, the boring door clearly needed a change.
The problem is that the door is an odd size. At 18 inches wide and 79 inches tall, there are very few options to match the existing 6-panel doors in our house. And all of those options would require cutting down to size. Since we don’t have the proper power tools on hand for that type of job, the costs add up quickly.
At some point many years ago, I heard the idea of using picture frames to add molding to walls. (It was probably back when I had the time to binge-watch HGTV). So why not use that trick to spruce up our old door? If it works, great. If not, we could budget for a new door in the near future.
The biggest problem is that tutorials for adding picture frames for molding are nearly impossible to find. It seems that everyone just buys picture molding at a big box store and cuts it to fit. Honestly, I had no interest in doing that.
Of course, using picture molding would be more precise. But it requires using a miter box or power saw. I’ve never had success using a miter box. Our hand saws keep getting stuck in the grooves, or the wood doesn’t stay put inside. We could rent or buy a miter saw, but let’s just say I’m not quite ready for power tools that big.
I was determined to at least give picture frames a try.
So I went on the search for inexpensive picture frames to add to molding the door. Goodwill isn’t as cheap as it used to be, and it could be impossible to find matching frames by thrifting. Frames from most chain stores would get expensive too quickly. Then I remembered my favorite place for inexpensive home decor…Ikea.
Ikea’s 12 x 16 Fiskbo frames are the perfect option for this project at only $3.50 a piece. The back of the frame has just enough structure to look interesting, while the flat front is easy to mount to the door. With just a few careful measurements and a little bit of patience, our old, ugly, flat-panel door has a fresh new look!
Breakdown of the costs:
- Frames: 3.50 *3 = $10.50
- Caulk: 1 tube $2.50
- Paint: on-hand = $0
- Liquid Nails: $4.00
- Total cost = :$17.00
How to Use Ikea Fiskbo Picture Frames to Add Molding to Your Doors
Materials & Supplies
- Ikea Fiskbo Frames
- Measuring Tape
- Hand and stick level
- Painter’s Tape
- Paintable & Sandable Caulk
- Liquid Nails &/or Super Glue
- Using a pair of pliers, gently pull the picture tabs straight out from the frame to remove them. Be careful not to scratch the frame.
- Determine the placement of the frames on your door. (I decided to make my frames level at the very top and bottom with the panels on the adjacent door.) Be cautious to avoid placing the frames too close to the door knob.
- Tape off the top of where each frame will go, making sure the tape is level.
- Use a pencil to mark the center of the door on each piece of tape. Also mark the center of the top of the frame while you’re at it.
- Tape the frames up on the door with painter’s tape, aligning the marks on the painter’s tape and the top of the frame. Double check that the frames are level on the top. Use the stick level to make sure the frames line up vertically with each other.
- Optional: Mark the corners of the frames on the door to provide a better guide for placement for the next steps.
- Take the frames down and apply glue to the front, flat side, of the frame. Quickly place the frames on the door, double checking that they are aligned and level. Hold each frame in place long enough for the glue to set. Tape the frames up until the glue is completely dry.
- After the glue is dry, apply the caulk around the frames. Apply caulk at each point where the frame meets the door, and at the channel in the frame where the picture would be inserted. . I applied caulk around the inside and outside of the frame, where it meets the door, and in the middle of the frame where the pictures would normally rest.
- Once the caulk is set, lightly sand it down, being careful not to strip the caulk off the door. Paint the door in the color of your choice and enjoy your newly transformed door!
Would you ever use picture frames to add molding to your house?
Do you havea favorite Ikea hack?
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