These are the closet doors from my younger daughter’s bedroom in our previous house. They once were plain, boring, builder-grade standard slidig doors. On top of that, the were covered with lots of stickers by my daughter when she was young. Now in her teens, she wanted to redo her whole room including those ugly doors. Because this post is about them, we will focus on only the doors for now. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of the doors in all their ‘covered with stickers’ glory. As usual I was so excited to start on the project that I forgot to take the pictures.
This is when I had taken off most of the stickers, but was still in the process of cleaning them all up, which was no easy task. I used mineral spirits to get all the sticker residue off. Then I gave the doors a good scrub with all purpose cleaner.
This shot was taken of the same spot after cleaning. Look what a big difference a little elbow grease can make!
After a coat of primer and white paint, the doors were already looking a lot better.
All measured up and taped with 1/4″ tape. This process was the most time consuming, but it was so worth it. Somehow working with geometric shapes is so therapeutic for me and I enjoyed doing all the measuring and taping.
After taping, I did one more coat of the same white paint to seal the tape edges, so that paint would not seep under the tape and the paint lines would be crisp and clean. Three colors were required to make this pattern. Let’s call them A, B, and C. As you can see in the photo above, I marked one diamond shape to be painted with color ‘A’ with the masking tape. ‘B’ is painted in the other diamond, and ‘C’ is the color white, which had already been painted. I took off the masking tape while the paint was still somewhat wet. After the tape was taken off I gave the doors 24 hours for the paint to cure and then sealed it with 2 coats of polyurethane.
They didn’t even seem like the same doors anymore! And the most satisfying part is that my daughter just loved them. We moved to a different house a year after I re-did her room, including these doors. I had no idea of the move when I was working on her room, but the people who just bought the house really loved all the projects I had done throughout it.
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