How to Fix Hole in Closet Door


Most closet doors in mid century to modern homes are hollow. They are made of a lighter weight manufacturer wood or vinyl product. The reason the doors are hollow is to make them easy to install and care for. If a hollow closet door gets a hole in it, it can be repaired in a few steps. Most doors have a texture, which can be difficult to duplicate but if the hole is in an inconspicuous place, it will be easier to hide.

Things You'll Need

  • Insulating Foam
  • Knife (optional)
  • Plastic or Metal Putty Knives
  • Spackle
  • 220 and 320 Grit Sandpaper
  • Paint

How to Fix Hole in Closet Door

  • Fill the hole with expanding insulation foam. Allow the foam to come out of the hole. Let the foam dry completely.

  • Cut or scrape off the excess foam so it is just a little bit recessed from the door leaving a small dent rather than an open hole.

  • Fill the now shallow hole with spackle and let it dry.

  • Sand the spackled area so it is level with the rest of the door.

  • After the area is sanded and the hole still is not level, repeat steps 3 and 4.

  • Lightly wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove the residue from sanding and allow it to dry completely.

  • Paint the area to match the rest of the door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you know the material of the door and buy the correct kind of spackle. Ask a sales person at your local hardware store for recommendations.

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