We are currently trying to make our house a little nicer, lots of stuff going on, but one thing that has us stumped is a solution to covering the ugly steel door frames for our inside doors... we love the wood architrave look, but don't want to rip out all the door frames and replace them... is there any way of fixing architraves to the frames?
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From what I have seen steel frames can either be flush fitted or have an architrave of around 38 x 12.
Assuming that there are no light switches you can screw into the steel frame or use an adhesive. You will have to work around any skirting board and if it is not a flush mounted frame rebate carefully so you get a nice fit. Fill in any screw holes and gaps, sand and paint.
If you want to go for a stained or varnished look your better off changing the frame out and doing it properly. I am looking at doing it 10 times at home and changing the skirting boards over and making new doors as the old frames are either weathered, worn or out of square and have the added joy of light switches being frame mounted as well.
I see you have already received some helpful advice from Brad which is fantastic. Would you like to upload an image of the frame so members can see what you are working with? How many of these frames would you need to convert?
As Brad mentioned the process becomes harder if you wish to have a finished timber look as fixing holes need to be disguised and joins are less forgiving. I have however seen some fantastic transformations using painted timber architraves.
Great to finally join in the discussion on Workshop after being a member for some time. And fantastic to see you receive some prompt and detailled answers to your question.
Please let us know if you require further assistance. We are looking forward to seeing what you can do with your door frames, and other projects you decide to tackle around the house and garden.
Good morning everyone, thanks for the advice. We are just wanting to paint them white, so staining is no problem.
I have attached a few photos. Some places are harder than other as they are flush against a wall or another door frame.
Thanks again everyone, this has been a problem that's been bugging me for months.
There is a range of Porta mouldings which can be used individually or in a combination to give a similar look to the image I posted previously. If you liked the look of a Colonial moulding it can be fixed to the face of the metal frame and an infill strip of something like Clear Pine Tri-quad Moulding 12 x 12mm 3.0m Porta used to blend it to the wall. It generally would be a case of taking some measurements of the metal frames profile and seeing what works with it.
Did you want just the metal covered or were you looking for a wide architrave look? Consideration will also need to be made as to how this is going to flow into your existing skirting boards.
Thanks for the reply again. I loved the look of your doors, and funnily enough we have just started installing colonial skirting boards, so it's rather fitting. You've been so helpful, thank you very much. I'm going to have a look at those items straight away. Thank you.