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6-paneled interior doors: Paint or replace?

2 years ago
last modified: 2 years ago

We just bought a house that's in decent shape but hasn't been updated since 1987. And our remodel costs continue to grow. So we're trying to find ways to cut down costs. So the biggest dilemma is if we should paint these old-school six-paneled interior doors and update the hardware, or if it's worth replacing them. The doors are nothing worth keeping - they're just hollow-core doors that are painted, and we don't love the six-panels. See pictures included (it looks like wood, but it's actually painted a yellow-ish color). We would much prefer 2- or 3- panel Shaker doors (like this two-panel or this three-panel). We're already painting all of the walls, updating trim, and replacing all of our floors with hardwood throughout...

But after buying solid core doors ($300-350 a pop) x 11, and with labor and hardware, we're looking at $4500 or so. My husband isn't super handy and doesn't feel comfortable installing doors himself (otherwise, clearly my first option).

Thoughts on if replacing doors is worth the cost, or if we should just paint them and deal with the doors? Curious for advice on if this is worth it. Thanks so much!

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