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How to Paint Faux Trim on Closet Doors

Do you have any of these closet doors in your house? You know, the sort of flimsy sliding kind? Well I do. And they happen to be in our master bedroom. I couldn't handle looking at these ugly things anymore, so I decided to paint the sliding closet doors with a faux trim effect.
First step was to wash down the doors to remove any residue or dust. I didn't need to sand since these doors aren't wood, but if you have wooden closet doors you would want to use a medium and then fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface for paint (like these 3M Advanced Abrasives). To wash down the doors I just used some basic soap and water. If they had been glossy or had some other finish, a de-glosser might have been necessary.
Then I needed to measure out where I wanted the rectangular boxes to go. I started by measuring out the box and putting X's where the corners would meet. I marked 3 inches in from the outer edges for each door. See that faint pencil mark in the photo below?
Next up I grabbed my ScotchBlue Painter's Tape (the kind with the edge-lock paint line protector) and taped out the boxes. I cut the edges of the tape at the corners to make sure they were nice and crisp. Since I wanted to paint the inside and outside of where the tape is (and then take off the tape to reveal a white box), I needed to make sure the corners were perfect.
And then it was paint time. I used my leftover pot of paint from the walls (Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore), my mini-roller, a paint mask, and got to work. This was an older can of paint (before the low-VOC paints were so easily available), so I made sure to fully open the windows and wear a mask to ensure I didn't inhale the paint fumes. You can find various kinds of masks to use when painting, sanding, or even cleaning from the 3M TEKK Protection series.
To see the final step and my "how to" VIDEO head here -->> http://thesweetestdigs.com/2012/09/10/the-diy-files-two-tone-closet-doors/
The pattern totally looks like molding and makes the doors look way much more upscale.
They just sort of blend in with the room now and actually make the space feel a bit bigger. Such an easy and quick (half-day) project, with great results. Even if you don't happen to have sliding closet doors like these, you could use the same technique and pattern on any other kind of door or even a piece of furniture to give it that two-toned/molding look.

To see more: http://thesweetestdigs.com/2012/09/10/the-diy-files-two-tone-closet-doors/

  • Nadine
    Nadine Houston, TX
    on Oct 20, 2015

    This is a fantastic idea. The doors look so much better!

  • Toni @ Small Home Soul
    Toni @ Small Home Soul Martinez, CA
    on Oct 20, 2015

    I need to do this on my old boring closet doors before we rehang them.

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 20, 2015

    What a gorgeous update! Absolutely love!

  • Michelle Hamill
    Michelle Hamill Missouri City, MO
    on Oct 20, 2015

    wow, they look awesome!

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren Levelland, TX
    on Oct 20, 2015

    Looks so much nicer, who would have thought it would make such a difference! Great job!

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