Week 5 of the One Room Challenge is here and once again, we took a little bit of a detour. After three trips to IKEA, we still do not have all the components for Barry’s closet, but we did makeover the old sliding closet doors. This was a super affordable makeover and I am in love with how they turned out! Despite the fact Barry still has no functioning closet and another trip to IKEA is in our future, I am calling this week a win! If you missed week one, week two, week three, or week four, check those out first. By some miracle, I started this week off with literally no plan and still managed to whip out this closet door makeover. Are you ready to see it?
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To refresh your memory, this is what we started with. The closet doors are hollow core and used to be brown but several years back I painted them black. Better, but nothing exciting.
Honestly, this makeover was not on my to do list at all. We originally thought we would be making custom bi-fold doors for the closet, because shocker, the closet door opening is a non-standard size. But when the closet configuration changed, we realized we could simply re-use the doors we had and spruce them up. Let me walk you through how we did it, because I know you are going to want to try this!
Sliding Closet Door Makeover Supplies
Step 1 – Pick up some thin plywood. Sliding closet doors have limited space between them so the material needs to be very thin. And don’t worry if you don’t have a truck, you can just strap it to the roof of your car. Yes, we actually did that and let me tell you, we picked the windiest day to do this! I swear I almost had a heart attack on the ride home.
Step 2 – Cut the plywood. I knew I wanted a chevron pattern when both doors were next to each other. So we started by cutting the plywood down to the size of each door. Because this plywood is so thin, it is also a bit challenging to cut. So we cut both pieces at the same time by clamping them them together on top of one another. We used our circular saw for this because our table saw setup isn’t big enough. Naturally, we used our go to folding table workstations and workout weights…..at least they are getting used for something, haha!
Step 3 – Cut it again into strips. Like I said, I knew I wanted a chevron pattern and the way to achieve that was to cut strips at an angle. I am not going to lie, the setup we used to cut these is a little janky, but it totally worked. We clamped a long piece of wood left over from the bunk beds to one table and used it as a guide. This is a little hard to illustrate with just a picture, but you can see the video in my Instagram stories closet door highlight.
We used a 45 degree angle that we started with the speed square and continued on to cut 5 inch pieces. Once the first angle is cut, all you have to do is line it up with the guide and cut. I should also mention, we again cut both sheets of plywood simultaneously, with on piece face up, and one face down (this type of plywood has a front and a back). By laying one face up and one face down and cutting them at once, the pieces would line up to make my chevron pattern.
As we cut the strips, I numbered the back of each piece and laid it out on one of the closet doors to make sure this was going to work out how I hoped.
After all the pieces were cut, I stacked them up with the last pieces on bottom, this way I could pull two at a time and they were in the correct order for assembly.
Step 4 – Attach the strips to the sliding closet doors. Initially I thought I could just glue these with wood glue, but that didn’t seem like enough. So I also used the nail gun on each corner of each strip. Since these doors are hollow core like the pizza table door, I could only nail on the edges. And once again, I used ALL of our workout weights which I am thinking should just be called DIY weights at this point, haha! I spaced the strips on the closet doors with the edge of a ruler.
I applied a liberal amount of wood glue to each strip and spread it with a dollar store paint brush to cover the whole piece. In total, I used two bottles of wood glue. You can watch this whole process in my Instagram Stories.
While you could do this with a construction adhesive, I wanted a glue that gave me a bit more time to position each piece to my liking. I think the downfall to that is I needed the weights to hold everything down while the glue set. Just make sure you don’t have any glue leaks before you let them set.
Step 5 – Let the glue dry. I glued all the pieces to the closet doors over two days and let the last portion set for almost 24 hours before we installed them.
Step 6 – Install and enjoy. We chose to put up a new track because the old one was fairly beat up. The track set came with new rollers, so we swapped those out as well. I think the new rollers also provide a little extra room to allow the doors to slide a little better. Full disclosure, I still have to fill in all the nail holes and I am debating painting the doors. It was my original plan to paint them but I kind of like the wood color…..to be continued.
I also need to decide on some hardware, but that’s a problem for next week 🙂
This sliding closet door makeover was less than $50! Now I am just disappointed I didn’t do this sooner! Since we have two more bedrooms with the same closet doors, I would wager this project will be duplicated 😉
Next week I will only be sharing updates on Instagram so I can knock out a bunch of finishing work I still have to do. So pop by and say hi and check out all the behind the scenes. I will be back for week seven and of course the final reveal on November 18th 🙂
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