Why Pineapple Hill?

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home to let the community know of their safe return home and to invite friends to visit and share their hospitality.

Likewise, we hope Pineapple Hill Designs boutique will make you feel “Welcome”! We know how important it is to find something special for that certain someone or just the right accessory to complete a room. We believe everyday is a day to celebrate, and we have just the thing to help you create something special out of the ordinary.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Speaking of Doors

Easy Door Makeovers

Are your doors a bore? Transform an interior door with these easy-do ideas using paint, wallpaper, and decorative moldings. See what you can do from Country Home's Shop girl, Leslie Segrete.

photo courtesy Country Home

  • Cost: $50 
  • Time: one day, including drying time 
  • Supplies: hollow- core door, decorative molding and appliqué pieces, hammer, finish nails with small head, nail set, wood glue, paintable wood filler, primer, paint, paintbrush, wallpaper and wallpaper paste, miter box with saw, and safety glasses 
 Pick a style, any style. If it’s wallpaper you want, select that first. It will inspire your choice of decorative moldings. If your existing doors are too dingy to redo, get to the home center and buy a new, unfinished hollow-core door ($30 from The Home Depot).


  1. Gather supplies (see list, above). Prime and paint the door and moldings, allowing them to dry between coats. 
  2. Mark your design on the door with pencil. Cut wallpaper pieces to size and adhere; smooth and let dry. 
  3. Cut all the pieces of trim using a miter box and handsaw. Arrange them on the door before attaching, making sure to get a nice fit at the corners. Apply wood glue to the back of the trim and attach to the door using a hammer and finish nails. Tip: Use wood filler to help join gaps at the corners. Once it’s painted you won’t see the imperfections. 
  4. After the pieces are attached, use a nail set to sink the nail heads below the surface of the molding. Fill the nail holes with wood filler; let dry. Touch up holes with paint and hang door. 
  5.  Dress up with vintage or salvaged knobs and hardware. 
Outwater Plastics Industries, Inc. —Don’t be fooled by the name. This mega-catalog is chock-full of moldings and so much more. 
Shop girl is like a kid in a candy store every time a new catalog arrives in the mail. outwater.com 
Van Dyke’s Restorers—Oodles of embossed wooden appliqués and gingerbread pieces like the ones we used (above left and page 87).
 Plus, furniture kits and tools. vandykes.com 
Dykes Lumber Company—The variety of moldings at Dykes will have you making over every room in your house.


Sally said...


michelle said...

Those doors are so fun and fabulous. Love them!

stacey said...

What a great idea.

monstermash said...

Those doors are wonderful.

Nana said...

I love it!!

sewpink said...

Very Pretty!

dreamit said...

Super ideas!