Closet Door Makeover – Wallpaper and Paint Old Doors For An Instant Upgrade!

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

TOTAL: $49

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.

Do you have any easy room upgrade hacks? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.


Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com


Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

47 thoughts on “Closet Door Makeover – Wallpaper and Paint Old Doors For An Instant Upgrade!

  • 15 December, 2016 at 5:24 am
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    That looks amazing!!

  • 15 December, 2016 at 6:56 am
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    This is really great idea !!! Wello done 🙂

  • 15 December, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    Hahaha I used to have one of those rooms too! I was so happy when we redid it. What a great feeling. You guys did an amazing job! I love the look of the door. So creative. 🙂

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:49 am
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      Yeah, it is AMAZING how a yucky room can just pull you down emotionally… it feels SO GOOD to have the room tidy and clean!!!

  • 15 December, 2016 at 8:14 am
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    The final result is stunning, great idea!

  • 15 December, 2016 at 11:34 am
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    Would have never thought of putting wallpaper on a door. Great idea. Love the way it turned out. You rock!

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:50 am
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      It took me for freaking ever to decide what to do with these damn doors, believe me, haha… glad it turned out okay!

  • 15 December, 2016 at 11:37 am
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    Wow, what an amazing idea, looks so good!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:51 am
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      I think so tooooooo!!! Thanks for stopping by dearie! <3

  • 15 December, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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    Haha. I laughed when I read this post because my husband and I are in the middle of “the great closet door debate” We’re re-doing our basement which needs 2 doors and ironically our upstairs broke too. Crazy that to replace doors at even a big box store it’s roughly 300 each. That’s almost 1000 bucks for closet doors that are still ugly. Love how you did this for $50. Maybe I can get Tom on board!!!

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:52 am
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      Yeah, I was NOT prepared with how monstrously expensive doors can be! I couldnt even find them USED for a decent price!! So I got all craftsy instead! 😉

  • 15 December, 2016 at 9:22 pm
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    Oh I love this idea, I never would have thought to do it myself! I am definitely taking inspiration from this post anyway, thank you for sharing and well done on your lovely blog!! x

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  • 16 December, 2016 at 12:42 am
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    My gosh Gingi, you are creative, I love this idea… what a great way for me to fix up the closet in my office. I am loving my home office, I just have a few more small projects but now I want to do the closet, yours turned out amazing… wow xox

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:52 am
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      Ohhhh, Launna you HAVE TO share photos with me if you end up using this technique!!!

  • 16 December, 2016 at 12:50 am
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    What an awesome upgrade! That looks so elegant now! And the price is definitely right too!

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:53 am
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      Right?!??!?! I am absolutely in love with how this came out!

  • 16 December, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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    I would love to have a craft room! How exciting. Wow! Making a few easy improvements to your closet door went a long way! I love the wallpaper and the Antique looking Cast Iron Door Knobs

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:54 am
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      Yeah, this room is kind of like my personal library / office / craft room… its like a WOman cave!! haha!

  • 16 December, 2016 at 7:10 pm
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    Wow, that’s a pretty dramatic before and after! I would have never thought to wallpaper a door. Nice!

    • 17 December, 2016 at 4:54 am
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      Yeah, I just wish I had taken photos of the doors hanging in the before shot!

  • 18 December, 2016 at 3:12 am
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    You two are geniuses. This looks incredible!

  • 19 December, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    Wow, sounds like it’s really great and clever idea, I’ll keep in my mind it, thanks for sharing, dear 🙂

    • 20 December, 2016 at 1:52 am
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      Thanks for stopping by sweetie, I am glad you like it!

  • 2 January, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    Wow that makes such a difference! That looks amazing. Could you please come over to our place and fix it? 😛

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