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10+ Easy and DIYable Closet Door Ideas

by on Feb 19, 2016

Bi-fold, sliding, swing. No, they’re not classes of ballroom dances; they’re  closet door types. Whatever kind of closet doors you have, or whatever you call them, we have a makeover for them. Read on for our favorite closet door ideas, be inspired and go from slab to fab in no time.  

bi-fold closet door - before makeover

1. When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn’t able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.

The trick? She used super low-cost canvas stretcher bars from the art supply store (30¢ a foot) and attached them with 3M adhesive strips ($3.99). Since the stretcher bars already come with mitered corners, building the frames is super simple, with no tools or sawdust required. Click here to read more about the project.

DIY closet door improvement idea

2. Some tape and a couple of cans of spray glass frost might be the perfect way to redo mirrored closet doors. (For more ideas, visit this page.)

spray frosted closet doors

3. Susan used damask wallpaper to give her closet doors a serious punch of color. Click here to see the ‘before’.

A yellow door with a white frame on a pink wall.

4. Speaking of wallpaper, these sliding doors were made over using wallpaper that looked like bead board and some framing strips. Click here to read more about the project and to see a ‘before’.

sliding closet doors

5. This is one of the most creative closet door ideas. The Pin Junkie ended up using fusible web and spray adhesive–to adhere fabric to her sliding closet doors–because she ran out of the fusible web after doing the first door, onto which she IRONED ON the fabric. Click here to read how to do it yourself. 

Curtains being used as a door instead of an actual door.

6. This next makeover, although subtle, is just enough to make a BIG difference. Kara was not diggin’ her brass-trimmed sliding doors, so a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint was utilized to take care of the situation. Click here to read about the entire process and to see a ‘before’ pic.

A washbasin visible through a glass gate in a room.


7. You might not have considered painting sliding doors with chalkboard paint, but after looking at this installation, you just might want to do it yourself. Click here to read more about the project and to see a ‘before’.

A room having a bed and two black almirah.

8. Nobody said you have to go crazy to give your closets doors new life. Sometimes, just a coat of paint will do! This project comes to us from Manhattan Nest.

Two pictures show a dirty, damaged door next to a clean, white door.

9. Abby used casing to give her bi-fold doors a fabulous makeover. Read more here.

A door with panels that had been painted white.

10. Our final idea isn’t the easiest project, but it certainly is one of the most unique. Look carefully and you’ll see that this trompe l’oeil is actually camouflaging (I believe) four sets of bi-fold doors. Click here to see more unique ideas.

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  1. I love the idea of using chalkboard paint. That would be fun, to leave messages, on my husband’s door. Hopefully, he would like it just as much as I would.