Moroccan Archway Doors

Moroccan Archway Doors

Make a bold statement with this colorful Moroccan-inspired doorway.

5 col

Difficulty: Difficult

(2) 2' × 5'7" pieces of cabinet-grade plywood, pre-painted the desired color (Note: This plywood has an optional precut arch on one side.)
(16) 1" × 19" pieces of molding plywood trim, cut at a 45-degree angle and pre-painted the desired color
Pneumatic pin nail gun
¼" finishing nails
Drill driver
(2) decorative iron pulls, spray painted gold
1½" wood screws
½" wood screws, spray painted gold
(4) 3" × 7.6cm double-action spring hinges
Gold upholstery tacks
Circular sander with sanding flaps
Putty knife
Squeeze clamp


1. Use a circular sander, hammer and/or putty knife to distress and “antique” the pre-painted 2' × 5'7" pieces of cabinet-grade plywood. Use the squeeze clamp to clamp the door panel to the table so it stays in place

2. Shape four 1" × 19" molding plywood pieces into a diamond – this is why it’s important to have them cut at 45-degree angles so they will fit together. The diamond does not have to be perfect – you can certainly eyeball it. However, the bottom point of the diamond should be about 1½" from the flat edge of the plywood

3. Once you’ve shaped the diamond, apply wood glue on the unpainted side of the four pieces of molding, one by one, and return each piece to its original spot in the diamond

4. Secure the diamond with the pneumatic pin nail gun and ¼" finishing nails. Insert a nail every 2"–3"

5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to create another diamond directly above the existing one. The tips should barely touch


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6. Decorate the diamonds with some gold upholstery tacks. Use the hammer to tap the tacks into the diamond moldings. Spread them about 2" apart

7. Turn the plywood over to the unpainted side and measure 7" from the edges – this is where the hinges will be placed

8. Place the 3" × 7.6cm double-action spring hinge 7" from the bottom edge, and use 1½" wood screws and drill driver to secure onto the door panel as shown. Repeat on the top hinge (place 7" from the top edge). Make sure the hinge’s middle lays flat on the table when fastening it to the door panel

9. Once both hinges are secure, flip the door panel to the painted side

10. Place one of the decorative iron pulls where you want the door handle to go. You can eyeball this, but make sure that the handle placement is the same on the counter door panel

11. Secure the iron pulls onto the door panel with the ½" wood screws and the drill driver

12. Repeat all steps to complete the second door

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