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6 Simple & Easy DIY Closet Door Transformations

Closet Door DIY - Mirred Closet

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There’s the big stuff—renovations, major appliances, new suites of furniture—any of which can make an obvious impact in your home. But don’t overlook the little features as well, like cabinet pulls, light switches, and unexpectedly, closet doors.

I mean, simply having closet doors shut has to look better than the evil that lurks behind, but with so many easy and inexpensive makeover ideas out there (most of these cost less than $35), why not take a couple minutes to explore how other DIYers have transformed their closet doors?

Mirrored closet doors, so popular during the 70s and 80s, are the bane of renters everywhere. These doors may make your room look bigger, but they will never make it look better. That is, unless you add geometric frost to the glass for a whole ‘nother vibe altogether.

Closet Door DIY - Paint Pattern

A coat of paint will do wonders, but a simple pattern created with blue painter’s tape is something else, indeed.

Closet Door DIY - Trim

Janet lives in a tiny NYC apartment but still managed to create serious architectural detail with an inexpensive, temporary solution: 3M adhesive strips and canvas stretcher bars.

Closet Door DIY - Bamboo Mats

Kandiego moved into a new home with solid wood doors in horrible condition. To cover the holes, scratches, and paint splatters, she simply tacked up inexpensive bamboo table runners from the discount store. Imagine what other thin, inexpensive materials could be easily attached.

Closet Door DIY - Board and Batten

Abby gave her dull wood doors a permanent upgrade by attaching wood casing (trim) to her bifold doors and applying a fresh coat of paint. The result? Faux five-panel doors for about $30 each. This super simple project yields an amazing difference.


You can disguise the closet completely—and put it to good use—by turning it into a surface for art with chalkboard paint. Go for it!