Updating Flat Closet Doors

4 Materials
2 Days

I love a quick DIY update and these closet doors were the perfect candidate for one. I was working on the guest room update for a design challenge that gave me six weeks to complete a space.Towards the end of the six-week challenge, I was trying to choose between painting the doors blue or grey when I came across an IG image with a headboard trimmed out in molding which I fell in love with and decided was perfect for the doors! A little visual interest was exactly what the doors needed.
The other thing I was looking for was AFFORDABLE as I had budgeted carefully for the space and the coffers were running low. The doors were in good shape just a bit meh.
Materials Used:-Wood moulding (we used 2-inch strips from Home Depot)-Miter saw-Wood glue-Pneumatic nailer-Spackle-Paint-Chaulk We found these inexpensive wood strips (below) at Home Depot for around $1.00 per foot.
I had grandiose plans to lay out a very intricate design when my husband reminded me of my limited geometry skills. Point taken. Since I was short on both time and math skills I decided on a simple design. We got started gluing the strips to the doors and added a few pneumatic nails to help hold them in place while the glue dried.
Once the moulding was up I filled in along the edges with spackle in order to assure a clean line when painted. It drives me crazy to see those little lines where the paint separates from the wood piece in moulding.
The final step was using high-quality paint. I am a fan of Sherwin- Williams Emerald Interior paint and primer in one. The color I used is called Gray Matter SW 7066. It took three coats.
We added brass hardware which are actually appliance pulls.I mentioned it was quick and easy. The paint was leftover from another project but even if I had included a quart of paint total cost would have been less than $80.00 and took a weekend. It's the little details that make all the difference!
Easy right?!?!
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  • Debi
    on Jan 31, 2021

    They look beautiful, but just wondering, if they are bi-fold doors, aren't they hard to open with the handles in the center of the two, instead of the handles in the center of each bi-fold? Also would love to do this to my plain older doors, but they are sliding doors and not enough room sadly.

  • Sable
    on Jan 31, 2021

    If they are sliders, how would the back door slide without the panels getting in the way. Your FIRST picture shown looked like sliders. Your END picture not so much 🤔🤔🤔

  • Sharon Shields
    Sharon Shields
    3 hours ago

    I'm wanting to change my walls! I have to ask you about that wall in the background. Is that a wallpaper or is that painted?

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  • Kim Thompson
    Kim Thompson
    on Jan 31, 2021

    Beautiful! I am in the process of doing something similar to my doors.

  • Jan
    on Feb 4, 2021

    I love it ! You did a great job and I am putting that in my "what I am going to do next" file ! ❤

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