I was pretty busy last weekend giving my closet a cosmetic face lift. She was starting to look a little tired in her old age, but now looks as good as new:
This project was not planned. I was in fact in Lowes (where else would I be!?!) looking for some trim for a DIY mirror project (more on that soon) when I came across some 1/4 thick trim. It made me think of several pins I’d come across on Pinterest. Without even as much as measurements, I bought 15 pieces of the 1/4 trim and took it home.
I had originally got several quotes to replace these doors, but since they were custom-made to begin with (because of their 5 ft non standard height) new doors were going to set me back close to $400. YIKES! Definitely not happening.
So… five hours and some paint later, the project was complete! Here’s how it all went down:
1. Cut lengths of the trim to match the length of your door. Using wood glue and some brad nails, secure these vertical strips in place.
2. Measure the distance between the two length-wise piece. This is the measurement you’ll need for the horizontal pieces.
3. Decide how many square/rectangle “panels” you want on each door. If you’re really smart, you would do some math here. I was too lazy and just eyeballed where I wanted them to go.
4. Complete the above steps for all doors:
5. Use wood filler or some caulk to fill in any spaces that you may have.
6. Sand down the caulked areas if necessary. Paint with two coats of primer (I used Benjamin Moore Fresh Start primer). Let dry for 24 hours. Then paint with a semi-gloss white paint.
7. Attach some fancy new hardware. You’ll most likely need to buy longer screws that what is supplied with the hardware. I used these screws:
8. If you are not good at installing door hardware, make yourself a template using painters tape. Put the tape on the hardware and punch through the holes with a pencil – instant template!
9. Drill from the outside of the door to prevent the wood from splintering.
10. Sit back and enjoy your new closet doors!
P.S: This is what my other closet doors still look like:
I guess I need to get to work on those too!
*UPDATE* If you enjoyed this post, check out how I converted my bedroom closet bi-folds to french doors!