Super Cheap Closet Doors - DIY
Okay, so back to my light bulbs going off in my head. We needed to make four closet doors and I really didn't want to spend more than 100.00.... I know, call me Mrs. Cheap over here! So I had an idea to have the laminate paneling as the door and then add the 14 frame & slashes to it. Paint it all in your choice of color ( I decided on white ) and you have your gorgeous closet doors that literally take under 30 minutes to build and a few hours to paint!
So stick with me in this easy DIY to find out exactly what we used, how we used it and the exact cost per door. I promise, you wont be sad you stayed.
When measuring your doorways, be SURE to measure the top and bottom of the doorway. If you're in a very old home, sometimes the home has slanted, uneven or not square doorways. It's a pain to work with, but you don't want to put all this hard work in and not have your door fit. We live in an old 1950's home, so most of our doorways are no longer square and we had to sand parts of our door down to fit, hence why one of our doors has a gap. I swear, this house is sinking!
Don't mind Glen, he isn't the best photographer - but he sure can build! Here he's just measuring the width between the side panels. Make sure you have a exact dimensions, because you want this to perfectly fit on top of your panel board once it's all screwed together.
Glen takes his square but you can use any straight edged object and draw on the cuts. This is a very very beginner hack & it doesn't work on most angles, but on these doors it works great.
Once you've drawn on all your exact cuts, go cut them, pocket hole them and screw! Your frame is complete!
See picture - add silicon to the back of your frame and then screw the laminated piece to the frame.
The back of the paneling is really ugly, so you want to make sure you paint the front & back of the door.
Prior to screwing the frame on, put your wood glue/silicon all over the frame & attach. Screw the paneling onto the frame and you're done! Now you have a door that you can hang onto your existing closet door way. Pick your choice of paint and roll/brush it on. This is the most time consuming part of the project.
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Jenny on Jul 19, 2020
Thank you for posting this. I think they look great. Back in the 80s we had an extension and no money left over to rebuild the kitchen. I used old carcasses but made all the cabinet doors myself from tongue and groove wood made into panels then framed with soft wood. 18 of the little beggers. My husband, bless him, moaned about them until in 2003 we bought a new kitchen. They looked very similar to your doors and I was proud of my handywork. Shame he's not around any more so I could show him. Thanks anyway.