14 Ways to Beautify Your Closet Doors

My jaw dropped when I first saw this gorgeous and simple closet door update on the One Kings Lane blog. I love projects like this one that look expensive and complicated, but are actually easy to execute and are super affordable.


I’ve done a ton of closet door updates in my day. Here are my very favorite ones from my site and from around the web. What I love the most about these projects is they are simple and inexpensive and not a huge commitment, so you can get fun and funky with your choices and who cares if you’re ready for a change at some point?

I added very thin molding to this door in our old loft. I love the double square pattern and the bright pop of color!

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You can’t go wrong chinoiserie panels in my book, but these hot pink beauties are extra special! PS here’s a great place to buy (more) affordable hand painted panels.
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In my first story for Domino, I added 30 pieces of mirror to these painted IKEA Pax armoires, dentil trim moulding and gold pulls. I think the mirror inside helps amp things up, too!
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Here’s another wallpaper idea – this one’s from House Beautiful. I love the bold pattern. Wouldn’t something like this be great in a kids room? It’s a great way to add wallpaper without breaking the bank. You’d only need one roll to do a closet door like this one.
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Another great idea for a kids space – simply paint the closet doors with chalkboard paint. Make sure to use a foam brush or roller so there are no brush marks!
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Here’s another paneling + yellow paint idea, but this one was made with canvas stretchers hung with my very favorite picture hanging strips! Easy and rental-friendly!!
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I decoupaged some pretty floral fabric on inexpensive, flat bi-fold closet doors and I made a folding screen, but obviously the same idea works when using them as closet doors. This can be a really inexpensive way to get the wallpapered look. And – bonus! – the finish is wipeable! Great for a play room!
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I love the idea of adding nail head to a flat door for pattern and texture, the way Ashley Hicks did here.

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A layer of leather underneath the nail heads would be even more amazing!

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And here’s another favorite. This one would be a ton of work to DIY, but it’s such a luxe look!

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I’ve done some experimenting with glass to look like antique mirror (here’s my favorite version of that project). I love how the antiqued mirror looks on closet doors! These are gorgeous.
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I love the pattern and hardware used on these doors from Driven By Decor! The squared off pattern is so Palm Springs!

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This project uses O’Verlays and grasscloth wallpaper. Another renter-friendly approach!

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I added wooden rounds from the hardware store and chunky moulding to our studio closet doors. I still love them and the glossy Gentlemen’s Gray color.

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And if you’re not up for a lot of work, just paint your closet doors black and switch out the hardware. I pulled these off of an old Draper chest. I love how they look in our guest bedroom.
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I’d love to see some of your closet door projects! What am I missing here?
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23 thoughts on “14 Ways to Beautify Your Closet Doors

  1. You have made my day lady! I fear we will have to move from our adorable townhouse in Los Feliz closer to my job on the westside of LA. Rentals are boring and lack charm but the commute is hard on me and the baby. You've given me new inspiration to DIY the rental into a happy, charming space for us. You are a force! Love all your ideas.

  2. I've been dying to makeover my bifold doors, so I'm super stoked about these tips. I've got these horrible slats that I'd love to put some mirrors in since we don't have a lot of natural light, but I'm not really sure how!

  3. We sadly have only kneewall closets in out cape cod master bedroom. I have searched for ideas to make them useable for years, any advice?

  4. Fantastic round up! As a non-designer, but DIY out of necessity I find your posts on details so helpful! Always look forward to your posts. :)

  5. Wow! Really creative! Gotta try some of these when we move to our new house. thanks xx


  6. Love the redo using medallions and would like to try it on my closet doors. Trouble is, I need super small medallions, like 4-6". Looked around online but didn't find anything small enough. Any ideas?

  7. I was so excited to see this post, because we moved into a new house last Fall, and the mirrored closet doors in the front entry are hideous. I've been mulling over what to do with them. Do you have any recommendations for painting directly into mirrors? I'm not sure about the adhesion, but the doors would be really hard to take down and spray paint or wallpaper/decoupage without ruining the drywall (it is framed around the very top of the closet panels. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated!!!

  8. Heyo,
    I realize this post is old but I was referencing it for a project I’m undertaking and noticed that the link to the affordable painted panels is broken. Do you have the name of the site? Thanks!

  9. My father-in-law suggested I do this to the doors in my house rather than purchasing all new doors. I did it on 15 doors and loved the way it turned out. I used your post for some inspiration and guidance on style. Mine are all white and it just really made a difference in the overall look! Thanks for all your die’s!

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