Customize Your Closet Doors With Trim!

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) So, our new bedroom has a bit of a problem. It’s a fine room. It’s just, well, boring. It doesn’t have giant picturesque windows or beams in the ceiling or a fireplace or well, much of anything that can give a room some personality. It’s kind of just four walls and a few small windows that are weirdly high in the style of a midcentury modern house. That being said, I’ve made it my mission to add things into the room that give it some more personality, and I thought that customizing the double closet doors would be a great way to do that. I love all the trimmed closets and doors in Parisian apartments that make the room look so chic and expensive. So I thought it would be fun to add some trim details to our closet and bring a little of that vibe to the space.

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) Since we had metal doors on the closets, I had to first swap them out with flat front wooden doors the same size so I could build the trim on top of the doors. I couldn’t find a link to the doors I bought, but I got them from Lowes so I would try your local home improvement place or door store if you need flat front doors. Each door will probably be installed a little differently, so just follow the directions for the doors you get.

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) Once those were in, I used a tape about the same width as my trim pieces to decide what type of trim pattern I wanted to do. Since this is my first go at adding trim to doors like this and the trim I picked is already a pattern, I thought I would keep the design fairly simple. Once I had the tape estimate where I wanted it, I used a miter power saw to cut all the pieces to the right length. You can cut and fit trim pieces together at a 45 degree angle, but since I had the patterned trim with the squares, it seemed better to cut the ends off straight instead since it didn’t seem like the pattern would line up as well on an angle. Trim wood can be pretty easy to cut by hand as well (especially the pieces that are made of softer wood like mine were). So you can also just use a hand saw and a miter box if you don’t have a power saw. For this design I ended up using about 2 8′ trim strips per door panel.

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) Once I had the pieces cut, I used masking tape to hold each piece in place so I could make sure they all fit and so I could center the design. Once I was happy with it, I removed the tape on one piece at a time, used wood glue on the back of each strip, and nailed the trim in place with very small nails. It takes a bit of time to do all that. But remember…you’re making your doors awesome, so quit whining and get back to work!

SIDE NOTE: Make sure to check and see if your doors fully open once you tape your trim pieces in place. It may sound like a no-brainer, buuuuut I totally forgot to do that, nailed and glued the whole door set in place, and then couldn’t open the doors the whole way because the trim was in the way. D’oh! I had to rip off all the trim pieces, switch the door hardware the opposite way so the bad side was on the back, make a few cuts, and redo the whole thing on the other side. No fun at all!!!

Once the glue has dried, you can fill any gaps where the trim pieces come together with wood filler and lightly sand those parts smooth. I really wouldn’t skip this step if you can. It helps make the separate pieces all look like one unit. If you get really fancy, you can even fill gaps between the crease where the trim hits the door front (kind of like you would with trim around doors or windows and the wall).

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) Once your wood is looking good, pull the doors off and use a semi-gloss paint to paint the doors (I chose Beach Blanket by Valspar). Then put your doors back on when dry. I would suggest using painter’s tape over the hardware where the doors come together when you paint so the metal doesn’t stick together once you close the doors.

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)Drill a hole and install a door pull if there isn’t one already on your doors, and your closet is back in business!

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty! (click through for tutorial) I. Love. These. DOORS! They add SO much to the room and look so custom compared to the basic doors that were there before. The trim looks sophisticated, but the color adds a pop of fun that modernizes a classic idea. The first few days of waking up to the new minty doors made me so happy. So even though it was a bit tedious of a project (especially with my big, stupid mistake), it was totally worth it, and I’m so happy with how they turned out. Looks like a good start to de-borifying our room if you ask me! xo. Laura

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Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • One of the greatest blog posts I have ever seen .. I can clearly see your hardwork and creativity behind this.

    This for sharing this post.

  • Wow love this, you choose the best colors to design this. Keep updating us 🙂

  • Wow its beautiful amazing idea it’s really beautiful doors designs. Thank you for sharing

  • Can I pay you to make some for me? Lol! I LOVE them but I don’t have the time to do it myself.

  • This is a wonderful post, Given so much information in it, These type of post keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more … good luck.

  • Thanks for your article! I have read through some similar topics! However, your post has given me a very special impression, unlike other posts. I hope you continue to have valuable articles like this or more to share with everyone!

  • I was wondering about swapping up the doors as well. Did you purchase them with the track hardware already on them? Do you have a source for the doors?

  • Is this in the new house? I kept thinking that while reading this.

    Anyway, I was all “cute project, I’ll never do it” and then bam! MY CLOSET DOORS ARE HIDEOUS. I can do this!! So once the weather clears out (it’s spring here), I’m going for it. Thank you so much for the idea!!

  • I am hoping you can elaborate more on swapping out the doors. What finding and installing the new wooden doors a hassle at all?
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  • Well, I couldn’t find the ones that I used online, so I didn’t link them, but they were just basic flat front doors from Lowes so I think any home improvement store or place that sells doors should have them. The instructions on mine were confusing, but once we got it figured out it was easy to do the second set. I guess it depends on what doors you get how easy they are to install! I’m sure some are easier than others depending on how clear the instructions are and how they fit together

    Laura 🙂

  • Yep, you’re exactly right! Just make sure you can fully open the doors fully and you can do whatever design you want!

    Laura 🙂

  • Well, I couldn’t find the ones that I used online, so I didn’t link them, but they were just basic flat front doors from Lowes so I think any home improvement store or place that sells doors should have them. The instructions on mine were confusing, but once we got it figured out it was easy to do the second set. I guess it depends on what doors you get how easy they are to install!

    Laura 🙂

  • So…freaking…COOL! Why can’t I think of these creative things on my own? LOL

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  • I’m with Eve (above) with questions about those doors–do you think folding doors are difficult to install? I have mirrored sliding doors that really need to go away, and I’d love to do something like this instead.

  • Hey gals, your site isn’t working right on mobile. It pulls in pictures to the wrong posts, for instance under this post there is a picture of the Oreos and the blue floor, mixed in with pictures of the doors. Thought I’d let Ya know, don’t even know if you’ll see this, but it’s a glitch, and it has happened a couple of times when I’ve looked at your site on my phone.

    Ok hope that is helpful and not annoying:) Have a lovely eve!

  • Wow! I absolutely love these doors. I am currently renting an apartment right now, so I don’t think I can do a project this permanent but I’m saving this post for when I’m finally a homeowner. I just love love love the color and the trim! What a great job for your first project adding trim to doors. It looks super professional.

  • Wow those doors really add something special to that space! Love the doorknobs.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

  • New doors are amazing! love mint color…
    I think my bedroom needs some mint color ; )

  • I absolutely love how the style turned out, but I’m really dying over the door and floor color combo! Very Parisian chic, indeed!

    I love, too, how you all have such different styles that all work together well here. I saw that first image, and thought, “I bet this is a Laura post.” 🙂

    -Molly
    http://www.modcircus.com/

  • This looks sooo cool! Love the color and those pulls, too!

  • These doors turned out beautiful! You did an amazing job! I’m seriously so impressed with how much work you’ve gotten done in that house already!

  • Laura, it’s always been evident throughout your DIYs that you are SO ADEPT at using power tools! I did not understand your SIDE NOTE comment “…and then couldn’t open the doors the whole way because the trim was in the way.” Did you apply the decorative strips too close to the edges of the closet door that they collided with the closet door frame/trim?

  • Wow, this looks fantastic! I’d don’t know if I’d have the patience to do that, but I love it!

  • Oh wow! What a great idea. They look like expensive custom made doors…I would never think it was a DIY project!

  • I am hoping you can elaborate more on swapping out the doors. What finding and installing the new wooden doors a hassle at all?

  • I seriously adore what you did with the doors! Also, that bag is so cute! Where is it from?

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  • Fantastic! What a difference it makes!! Loving all the updates from all your new houses!! <3

  • Super cute and chic. It looks so much better and more custom.

    Keri
    www.thestylestudiobykb.com

  • I would tape them back on before nailing the glued pieces in place or you have have someone hold it in place while nailing too 🙂

    Laura

  • I created a custom stain color by mixing a few colors together. We’ll do a post on that at some point too!

    Laura

  • I love this diy! Nice job! Looking at your progress shots, I might this on a work table (or the floor) so I could work flat. I wonder about the glued pieces sliding down the doors before they are nailed in. Thoughts?

  • It’s amazing what a difference those little touches make! Looks great 🙂

    Laura

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  • These look so much better! I especially love the colour.

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  • I’ve been planning a similar makeover for a closet in my house, so this tutorial couldn’t have come at a better time! Also, I’m pretty sure “But remember…you’re making your doors awesome, so quit whining and get back to work!” is my new motto…customized per project, of course 🙂

  • The color looks amazing! Also against the clean white walls and the dark stained flooring. Did you install the flooring or did it come with the house? I’m on the lookout for a dark stain like that!

  • If I didn’t have my dream closet doors before, I do now. Those look amazing! I love the trim pattern and the color. I love your style too! I can’t wait to see you’re whole house and I can’t wait to try something like this in my future place 🙂

  • Wow, Laura!! Those are beautiful. You are so creative. Your projects are always so fun and useful.

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