Asked on Jul 22, 2012

Mirrored Closet Doors--YUCK

DianaCPat Keadle GouglerDee


We live in a house that was built in 1917--nothing fancy, just a nice little farmhouse style home. Previous owners added a closet to our upstairs bedroom (thanks for than) and installed good quality mirrored closet doors. Hurray for quality and no thanks to the seventies flashback. Just don't have the bucks to replace them right now, but my husband says short of that, I can do anything I want to them. Okay, he has hidden the sledge hammers. Are there any specific techniques or products to paint them? Ideally, I would paint them the same color as the room.
11 answers
  • 3po3
    on Jul 23, 2012

    Rebecca here talks about painting a mirror with chalkboard paint, so they can be painted: She might be able to give you some tips. Seems like if you really hate the mirrors, there is no harm in trying to paint over them. Maybe ask for the best product at a Sherwin-Williams store. I always find their staff very knowledgeable and helpful.

  • Perhaps putting embossed wall paper on the mirrors and paint. This will give you a more fancy look. You can also use hot glue and attach moldings to the glass front before the paper to give you a more real door type of look. Just use low profile wood trim so it will slide behind the other door. I am not big on painting the glass, although you can, reason being once the mirror is hidden, people will end up treating them more like wood doors and perhaps cause the glass to break. With a paper coating it will hold the glass together at least should one of the mirrors become cracked or shattered.

  • Lori J
    on Jul 23, 2012

    I think I may try listing them for swap on our local radio program. There may be folks out there who actually want them.

  • Connie Z
    on Jul 23, 2012

    large mirrors are always welcome in living rooms and dining rooms, frame them out with a great moulding or vintage/salvaged wood! Replace the doors with beautiful fabric curtains that are the same or compliment your window treatments. I did this for a closet door that I removed in a too-tiny bathroom and love it. What style is your bedroom? I can think of so many fabrics/prints that would look terrific in an old farmhouse. The fabric treatment is light and airy and takes away from the harshness of too many solid surfaces in small rooms.

  • Lori J
    on Jul 23, 2012

    I just want them gone, but hubby says they can't go unless we can put in wooden doors.

  • Connie Z
    on Jul 23, 2012

    could you scavenge some vintage doors somewhere around? like french doors? or maybe just the wood frames of french doors over the mirror?

  • Lori J
    on Jul 23, 2012

    These are sliding doors, so cannot add to the thickness in any way. I would be happier with a curtain. I don't want to offend anyone out there that thinks they are a fashion must, but I think they are uglier than sin.

  • Angela A
    on Jul 27, 2012

    I know not funny to you Lori J, but lol to your last comment....I like your idea of the swap, maybe you will find someone who can swap with you!

  • Dee
    on Sep 23, 2015

    fabric fabric fabric . . . take the doors off, lay them on the floor and cover with fabric, or wallpaper. Something that accents your decor. I had ugly folding vinyl closet doors in my room and removed them, put a narrow shelf just above the frame around the closet opening, held on each side with nice brackets, and hung a very light curtain across. You can add a panel on each end to swag if you like, and I keep a few special mementos on the shelf above . . . an antique doll, a couple vintage family pics, a vase or three . . .

  • Pat Keadle Gougler
    on Oct 21, 2015

    chalkboard paint the mirror part.

  • DianaC
    on Aug 23, 2016

    There's lots of ideas on Pinterest for mirrored closet door makeovers. I'm going to tape and frost some of the mirror on mine. Here's a link to the one I'm going to try.

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