Threshold Replacement – Do it Yourself

Old ThresholdWhen we bought our fixer upper over the summer I knew the threshold was going to need to be replaced. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the house and it looked gross! There was also a 3/4 inch gap between the bottom of the door and the top of the threshold so it was getting really drafty now that winter was setting in.
Threshold RemovalThe first thing I did was remove the old threshold. Here you can see how gross it was underneath, not to mention the old termite damage on the door trim. I cleaned up all manner of things including dirt, rust, old tile grout chunks, dog hair and even lentils. Seriously – lentils! I have no idea how those got in there!
New ThresholdWe chose an aluminum and oak threshold for the replacement. It fit perfectly so it didn’t need to be trimmed.
Cutting Door Trim 1I was going to have to cut the door trim however. First I made a cardboard template by tracing the side profile of the new  threshold. I used this to mark my cut line on both sides of the door.
Sawing Door TrimI used a coping saw to cut the door trim.
Chisel Door TrimA chisel helped get the last bits of wood out.
Threshold in PlaceWith the new threshold in place I noted a problem! There was a large gap between where the tile ended and where I wanted the new threshold to be placed.
Quarter RoundI went back to the hardware store and bought a length of oak quarter round trim. I cut it to length and glued it to the new threshold.
Rubber Band ClampsI tried different clamps to hold it in place while it dried, but they all slipped off the round surface. Rubber bands to the rescue!
Wipe on PolyAfter the glue dried I used a wipe on polyurethane to help protect the wood.
Poly FinishLooking good!
Masking OffWhile the polyurethane was drying I cleaned up the rust from underneath the old threshold and masked it off.
Spray PaintingI sprayed it with Rust-Oleum primer for rusty metal.
New Threshold InstallTime to install the new threshold! I cut a piece of scrap wood to use with a rubber mallet to help me tap it into place.
Drilling HolesI drilled holes and used 2 1/2″ screws to hold everything in place.
Finishing New Threshold I finished by screwing the top piece of the threshold in place.
Threshold FittingI still have to work on the old door trim, but that’s a project for another day!
Brand New ThresholdWhat a difference! I also bought a new doormat to put on the tile since rainy season is approaching. Now the first thing you see when you come in my house is a shiny new threshold!

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