Removing wallpaper on a mirrored sliding closet door

D Corwin
by D Corwin
Has anyone attempted to put removable wallpaper on their mirrored sliding closet doors for an update? Anyone have any other suggestions (other than spray frost portions or place "frosted" window film on them)? So sick of these things -- but I have a 12 foot opening and doors are floor to ceiling in a space that would now allow anything other than sliding doors. There has to be something!! Thanks!
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  • CrowEyes CrowEyes on Jun 03, 2016
    Perhaps mask and paint a tight repeated design over the entire area (small mirror areas still showing)?
  • Nnettat Nnettat on Jun 03, 2016
    How artistic are you? There are glass paints which can give them a stained glass effect. "Gallery Glass Paints" (Can be found at most any craft store.) Just figure out your design, prep, and paint. I've done it on windows, and in particularly old flower vases to use as candle vases. Some of the work can be done horizontally on plastic. Then peel off of the plastic when set and apply to your mirror. I've done mine in small sections and put the sections together on the window. (A pin will pop any bubbles which might get under your art during applying.) I used water sprayed on the window in order to move the section around to till 'just right.' Different brushes will give different effects/textures such as a round stencil brush pounced on the window will give a textured effect. Colors can be swirled. And the best part is that this paint is not permanent. One window where I wanted a new design and the paint had been there for years! was not real easy but spraying (soaking) a section with water allowed me to pull up a piece so that I could get water behind the rest and scrapped it off. (Used a wide plastic putty knife.) Maintenance: Just some glass cleaner on a cloth to dust it. Downsides: Can fade in direct sun and will dissolve in water. When ever I wanted to change designs on a vase, I just soaked it in water and it all comes off. Ready to go for the next design! I'm sure there is somewhere on the internet where you can get more info on the paint to see if it is for you.
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    • Nnettat Nnettat on Jun 08, 2016
      Wow! Sounds like the 'removable' wallpaper is a good choice! I have not seen this type. Only thing similar that I have seen was something for a back splash in the kitchen. (Faux subway tile.) I've never seen ones which resemble normal wallpaper. Well, now I will have to check this out.... though I doubt if I will use some any time soon. Once I get through this mess here, wallpaper could be a dirty word. Good Luck! Would love to see how it turns out. Pin an image on Pinterest!
  • Emily Emily on Jun 03, 2016
    I used grass cloth wallpaper on a wall of mirrored closet doors. The paste needed to be applied more generously. Great look
    • D Corwin D Corwin on Jun 03, 2016
      @Emily Do you know if you will be able to remove it at a later date without damaging the mirror, should you elect to do so? I have to worry about resale when I retire in 4 years so hate to permanently alter the existing doorss
  • Francesca Francesca on Jun 03, 2016
    I think removable wallpaper is a great idea, as long as it can hold up to wear and tear. When you want to remove it,you can peel it off, probably having to wet it first, then probably scraping with a plastic scraper and gently rubbing with a sponge. Then usual glass/ mirror clean up or maybe wiping with alcohol first.
    • D Corwin D Corwin on Jun 03, 2016
      @Francesca I have not tried the removable paper yet, but there are many options now with a light vinyl surface that are supposed to come off without scraping, etc. -- I think I will see if I can find a small roll on clearance somewhere (regardless of pattern) and test the area that sits behind the bedroom door. If it fails at least you won't notice it ... Thanks!
  • Francesca Francesca on Jun 03, 2016
    Yes,I was thinking of the vinyl ones. Target had some,as well as online of course. I do think though,that they might leave an under paper on the surface after peeling off the top. Anyway, I like your idea and think I'm going to try it! Good luck!
    • D Corwin D Corwin on Jun 03, 2016
      @Thank You Francesca -- let me know how it goes! I will likely get to mine project within the next month ...
  • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Jun 04, 2016
    How about cheap fabric or curtains on a wire top and bottom. It would be easy to install and remove. Then if you got fed up with it it would be easy to remove. There would be little or no work involved in that. Good luck.
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    • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Jun 05, 2016
      I have been wracking my brain for a solution. Maybe wide double sided tape. It would be so esy to remove the glue when you want to remove them. So if you glue the fabric at top and bottom of each panel. Hopefully this might help you.
  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 04, 2016
    I did this for my daughter bedroom with wall-to-wall mirrored doors. The limited reflection bothered her as a toddler. We picked her favorite Disney characters (at the time Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore, etc) and I found a cute wallpaper that was washable and pre-pasted. It went up in a few hours and we removed it with no hassle a few years later when her then favorite was The Little Mermaid. I love the adaptability, especially with applying to mirrors because it does stay up but is easily removable if you tire of the pattern.
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    • Barbara Barbara on Jun 05, 2016
      @D Corwin Glad to offer a suggestion!
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 04, 2016
    Can you switch the hardware and reverse them?
    • D Corwin D Corwin on Jun 05, 2016
      @Johnchip When you say reverse them, I assume you mean so that the back side becomes the front? If so, no, there are metal center supports on the doors as they are 94" tall.
  • AndradeTea AndradeTea on Jun 04, 2016
    This idea was shared by thehoneycombhome blogger on hometalk a while back: -- I loved the transformation. Could this idea work for your project?
    • D Corwin D Corwin on Jun 05, 2016
      @Thank You AndradeTea I did look into this, but its too expensive for my situation with 94" tall door panels that cover almost 12 feet of opening.
  • Jigger9901 Jigger9901 on Jun 04, 2016
    I've just installed track blinds/room dividers in my sister's spare room, as replacements to 1970's mirrored doors. She liked mine so much and at the price, they were a perfect solution. Ikea 'Kvartal' range is the one we used.
    • D Corwin D Corwin on Jun 05, 2016
      @Jigger9901 Thanks for the suggestion; I will look at this application to see if it might work for my situation -- my house is on the traditional side so it might appear too modern - need to see what options might be available for the panels
  • Teresa Teresa on Jun 16, 2016
    I have two thoughts one is acetone and goo off will remove the paper you soak a small spot with acetone and let it sit and you will find it comes off the glass any residue use the goo off. Next How about the page I am sending is the stained glass sheets and frosted pattern sheets. I love these I have used them in a front window for years to not have curtains it works well in a small house you can also add plastic trim with silicon to frame the mirror after you add the film. It could change a challenge into a masterpiece. hope it helps Teresa
  • Nnettat Nnettat on Jun 18, 2016
    Take a look at I don't know your budget... but they have a whole section "Decor & Art." There is some which can start on the wall and continue over some of the doors. They're interesting.