the DIY files: two-tone closet doors

Do you have any of these closet doors in your house? You know, the sort of flimsy sliding kind? Well I do. And they happen to be in our master bedroom.

They aren’t a total eyesore, but they definitely aren’t pretty either. Oh, and want a glimpse into some real life at the sweetest digs casa? Here is our bedroom in all it’s unmade bed and strewn laundry glory. it real.

Well, I was ready to do something about these doors. I thought about just painting them out a solid colour, but then the idea for a pattern came to mind. I hummed and hawed about doing something intricate or colourful, but then realized that a simple rectangular box in each door in grey and white (so that it would blend with the walls) would be the way to go.

First step was to wash down the doors to remove any residue or dust. I didn’t need to sand since these doors aren’t wood, but if you have wooden closet doors you would want to use a medium and then fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface for paint (like these ). To wash down the doors I just used some basic soap and water. /p>

Then I needed to measure out where I wanted the rectangular boxes to go. I started by measuring out the box and putting X’s where the corners would meet. I marked 3 inches in from the outer edges for each door. See that faint pencil mark in the photo below?

Next up I grabbed my (the kind with the edge-lock paint line protector) and taped out the boxes. I cut the edges of the tape at the corners to make sure they were nice and crisp. Since I wanted to paint the inside and outside of where the tape is (and then take off the tape to reveal a white box), I needed to make sure the corners were perfect.

Source: thesweetestdigs.com

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I sanded the frames and end panels down

To bare wood with 100 grit and then 150 grit using an oscillating sander. The doors I had stripped at a local antique repair shop. I had to do some cleanup scraping and sanding on the doors.
I then applied the stain and wiped it off with soft paper towels (lots of them). The finish was 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic clear satin water base acrylic finish with a light hand sand (220) between coats.
I set up a large table in the family room for finishing the doors. I put a sheet of vapor barrier plastic on the floor and on the table.

BA Salvage/Recycler Sites (1 of 2)

Bay Area Salvage/Recycle (Home Improvement) Resources
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Berkeley Architectural Salvage: 1167 65th St, Berkeley, (510) 655-2270.
Doors, windows, hardware, moldings, columns, gingerbread, corbels,
lighting, plumbing, marble, granite. M-Sat 10-5 p.m.
Beyond Waste: 607 W. Sierra, Cotati: (707) 792-2555.
Manufactures and sells flooring made from old-growth Douglas fir rafters, custom makes floonng or paneling, carries entire sets of home
windows in casement including Victorian double-hung windows

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Bay Area Salvage/Recycle (Home Improvement) Resources
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Berkeley Architectural Salvage: 1167 65th St, Berkeley, (510) 655-2270.
Doors, windows, hardware, moldings, columns, gingerbread, corbels,
lighting, plumbing, marble, granite. M-Sat 10-5 p.m.
Beyond Waste: 607 W. Sierra, Cotati: (707) 792-2555.
Manufactures and sells flooring made from old-growth Douglas fir rafters, custom makes floonng or paneling, carries entire sets of home
windows in casement including Victorian double-hung windows


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  • Avatar lizmokin I removed my sliding closet doors while decorating the nursery...?
    Mar 01, 2010 by lizmokin | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)

    Upon taking out the rail it slid on at the bottom noticed the carpet stopped between the "room" edge and the closet interior leaving about a 3 inch gap that the railing previously covered that is just wood. The < …et it fit. what would be the best way to remedy this? I'm thinking I have to get a new railing and just reinstall it along the bottom, it would look weird but I can't have a 3" by like 5' gap along the floor. any ideas?

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      If you have a router, you could route an 1/8" round over on both sides to make it blend in with the carpet top a little better.

      Stain or paint the wood to match the other trim in the room.