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Our DIY Doors {toy shed renovation}

Things have been a little crazy around her lately but in between my grandparents wedding vow ceremony and our trip to Lake Winnipesaukee, we built a pair of DIY doors for our toy shed renovation. Nothing extravagant but they do the trick. We used “T11”  pressure treated wood (thicker pressured treated wood) to construct the doors.

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You can see how thick the wood is. They are very heavy doors! We had this wood left over from a previous project so that is what we used but you can use any wood that is suitable for outdoors. Simply measure the length and width of your door area and cut to size.

We cut 1 x10 pieces of pressure treated wood to add a trim detail. My dad would have been fine with a boring old piece of wood hanging as a door but I convinced him we needed to add a little trim for aesthetics reasons.

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We screwed the trim pieces to the base of the door. You will notice that we are screwing from the front to the back. These screws will show but because we are painting the door a dark color (to match the house) the screws will not be visible. If you do not want the screws to be shown from the front, you will need to screw from the back. This shed is out of sight so it didn’t really matter if the screws were visible to us.

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We used dual thread screws that were 1 1/4″ in length. Be sure to use screws that are weather proof and made for outdoors.

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We screwed our trim around the outside edge of the door. The trim was almost 6″ wide.

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We added a piece across the middle as well to give the door a little character.

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We added our hinges before painting the trim 🙁 . I know, not smart but we needed to get the doors hung and I didn’t have time to get them painted first so I will have to tape off the hinges once I paint.

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In my previous post, I shared how we removed all of the old rotted wood and rotted hinges. Before we hung the new doors, we added a new piece of pressure treated wood trim to each side of the door jam where we ripped out the rotted wood.

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We used a level to ensure that it was straight. We screwed the door hinges to the new wood trim. This toy shed sits directly under our covered porch so it will be nice to finally have this entire space finished.

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We used shims (wood blocks) to mount the doors and ensure they were straight. It took both of us, including the shims, to get these doors hung. Because the doors are so large and heavy, the wood blocks help keep the door stationary and the second person can adjust easier as needed. Remove the wood blocks once your doors are screwed to wall.

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Our DIY doors for our toy shed renovation are hung and working like a charm! The total cost was the purchase of new hinges and a door pull. I will be sharing the final product, the painted doors, with you soon.

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2 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see the finished product. What a cute picture you and your Dad took, though, posed together in front of the saw horses with your tools. I think you should frame that pic and hang it in the toy shed for posterity!

  2. You & your Dad make a great team!

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