Awesome DIY Doorway with a Transom Window (How to Move & Trim Out a Doorway in an Existing Wall)

How we changed the doorway in our son's bedroom and added a transom window

Sharing all the tips & tricks we learned for changing an angled doorway & adding a new DIY doorway with a transom window. Including how to create a door & trim out a door in an existing doorway wall with before & after pictures!

How to Create a DIY Doorway with a Transom Window

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Sharing all the tips & tricks we learned for changing an angled doorway & adding a new DIY doorway with a transom window.  Including how to create a door & trim out a door in an existing doorway wall with before & after pictures! #diydoorway #farmhose #transomwindow https://lehmanlane.net

Jason & I had a lot of should we, shouldn’t we conversations about whether or not to move the angled doorway in our boys farmhouse hallway. 

Knowing the walls were plaster was the major thing holding us back.

Plaster can be such a mess!

Angled Doorway Before

The angled doorway of our oldest’s bedroom made a really small awkward entrance to the bathroom door as well as make the farmhouse hallway really tiny.

Changing the Doorway

DIY Doorway Demo – Taking Down the Old Plaster Walls

So we changed & moved the original plaster doorway. 

Changing the Doorway

We got rid of the strange angle and stole some of the square feet from his closet. 

Only a few square feet…people seem to get really upset to lose any closet space… there is still plenty of room to hang clothes in his new DIY closet.

Adding the DIY doorway was really messy!!! 

But…. totally worth it. 

The hallway flows so much better now!

New Hallway Footprint After Moving the Existing Door & Adding a New DIY Doorway

In the picture below you can see how the footprint of the hallway changed with the difference of paint on the wood floors. 

Changing the Doorway

We also started adding bead board to our hallway ceiling and Bennett’s bedroom.

Here’s what the farmhouse hallway looks like now that we moved the existing door.

Farmhouse Hallway - changing the Doorway

Adding Drywall to the DIY Doorway

Back to the bedroom…

We re-dry-walled the hallway and around the bedroom DIY doorway.

Changing the Doorway

Adding a DIY Doorway Header & Transom Window Above the Door

Next we added the header, the door and we also added a transom window up above the door to help brighten up our hallway.

Changing a doorway

I love how the new door turned out, especially the transom window. 

The transom window adds some pretty natural light even when his windows shades are down.

How we changed the doorway in our son's bedroom and added a transom window

And…It is so fun to see if his light is still on when I am in the farmhouse hallway!

Changing the Floors Under the New DIY Doorway

The other thing we did was pull up the wall to wall carpet that was in the room to reveal the original farmhouse hardwood floors.

Pulling up Carpet

We will be adding new wide pine wood floors like we did in Tucker’s room or our master bedroom so the whole second floor of our farmhouse will match!

I wish we could have refinished the original floors but they were in terrible shape & unfortunately tested positive for lead paint.

Pulling up the Carpet

After adding the new wide pine floors (DIY HERE) & DIY bead board ceiling (DIY HERE) to the farmhouse hallway & boys bedrooms the new DIY doorway with a transom window looks fantastic!

4 DIY House Projects to GiveYour Home More Farmhouse Character - Changing the Doorway and Adding a Transom Window

I hope this answers some of your questions about adding a DIY doorway with a transom window & inspires you to add a new DIY doorway to your home!

by Tara Lehman

Boys Bedroom REVEAL – We have since finished Ben’s bedroom, check out the full transformation here*

Come check out navy boys bedroom reveal. We completed gutted the room and added new ceiling, new floors, paint, built in desk and a new doorway.

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We changed our boys bedroom doorway & DIYed a transom window to give our small hallway & boys bedroom more farmhouse character & flow better #farmhouse #doorway #diydoor #transomwindow #hallwayideas #upstairshallwayideas #hallway https://lehmanlane.net

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Comments

  1. Wow; you have done A LOT OF WORK; and it looks great!! Can’t wait to see your painted floor and the beadboard. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much Carol! Sometimes I am nervous about putting ugly pictures up but if I didn’t there would be no way to show what we have been up to:). Have a great week and take care, Tara

    1. Hi Susan! So good to hear from you! Yes, we definitely can’t wait to finish his boys room:). I hope you had a great weekend and take care, Tara

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