For the longest time our third bedroom was the ugliest room in the house.
Upon moving into our new home, this room somehow became THAT room. You know what room I am talking about. The room that everything gets thrown into when it doesn’t really have a home. The I Will Get To It Later Room, when you know that later might not ever happen.
For almost 3 years this room looked like something out of a reality TV hoarders show. I am not sure what happened, or why, but I finally got fed up with this room being impossible to even walk into. So I embarked on a multi-week long hardcore DEEP cleaning and organizing of this room, turning it into my home office and craft room.
Being my little ugly ducking and diamond in the rough, I am now fanatically obsessed with making this room amazing. The closet in the office I have affectionately dubbed the Cosplay Closet, since it now houses all of my cosplay, costuming, and crafting goods, and it is getting a thorough ass whooping of a cleanse as well.
With the office and cosplay closet in order (still lots to do, but at least it is squeaky clean and organized now!), I decided to do something about the fugly sliding doors on the closet. There was nothing really wrong with the doors per se, they were just butt ugly, and worn around the edges.
Ugly sliding closet doors. Dents, scrapes and dings all over, and gaudy gold hardware. YUCK!!
Since I couldn’t justify replacing the doors, I looked into alternatives. I finally decided on wallpapering, painting, and adding chic cast iron hardware from Hobby Lobby! We also replaced the door tracks, since the old ones were sticking, causing the doors to pop off if you yanked on them just right… annoying!
Removing the gaudy gold door hardware.
Embossed, textured and pre-pasted wallpaper from Lowes… only $13 for this small roll (enough to cover 3 doors).
The doors wallpapered and waiting to dry before painting!
Total Project Cost Breakdown:
One Roll of Pre-Pasted Paintable Embossed Wallpaper from Lowes – $13
Quart of Paint from Lowes – $12
New Sliding Door Track and Hardware – $12
Two Cast Iron Door Knobs from Hobby Lobby – $12
So altogether, the project ran just under $50…. Waaaaay cheaper than buying new doors! And they look freaking fantastic! They really bring a nice element to the room. I am impatient to paint the office so everything flows color-wise. But that whole pesky money thing!!!
A couple of tips if you are planning on embarking on a similar project:
- Opt for pre-pasted wallpaper if you can. It saves time, and possible errors, especially if you are new to wallpapering. Plus it is so easy to just dunk the strips in water and hang.
- Wait till the wallpaper is COMPLETELY dry before trying to trim edges. I was impatient and tried cutting wet paper, and got a couple nasty tears that I had to patch. (Bad Gingi! Bad!) Once the wallpaper is completely dry, it is super easy to cut and trim.
- Plan on painting at least 3 coats of paint after the wallpaper is dry. The embossed paper is hard to fully cover, and you do not want to fill in all those lovely edges and designs! So be patient and go over it with 2-3 thin coats over a day or two.