Hey ya’ll! Justin and I got home last night from a long weekend trip to Tennessee. My whole family drove down to Gatlinburg and rented a cabin in the Smoky Mountains to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Before meeting up with my family, Justin and I left a day early and stopped in Nashville. It was my first time in Tennessee and it was so much fun!
I’ve been dying to get this post up for a while, and was planning to last night, but after a weekend filled with fun and moonshine, and then a 10-hour ride home, all I could bring myself to do was to curl up in a ball and sleep. I may or may not have been in bed at 9:00…
But here I am now, to finally share my beadboard closet door makeover! If you follow me on Instagram you might remember that I shared a few videos in my story about updating my bifold closet doors. It was quite the saga. One of those projects that just kind of goes on, and on, and on…
But I’m happy to say that it is finally, officially finished! And I couldn’t wait any longer to share this project!
As you can see, I started out with some janky old bifold doors on the closet of our master bedroom. They’re a little wobbly on the tracks, and a little uneven, but overall they got the job done. Just ugly to look at. Since new doors weren’t in the budget I decided to give them a cosmetic upgrade.
(Don’t you love the green carpet in our room? The rest of our room is done, but I have yet to tear out the carpet from this corner and the stairs.)
I really wanted to do a planked barn door look, but it was going to be too hard and slightly out of my price range.
Then I remembered that I had almost an entire roll of beadboard wallpaper leftover from another project. I searched Pinterest for some inspiration and totally wanted to replicate the look of these beadboard closet doors from Beneath My Heart, however, logistically I couldn’t find the right pieces I needed for the trim.
Of course, I realized this after having already covered the doors completely with the wallpaper. So I debated and thought and searched and walked around Lowe’s for a couple of hours. Eventually, I came up with a plan and then got to work…
Aren’t they magical!? Eventually we want to trim out the door openings as well, but this has already made a HUGE difference in our bedroom.
This closet door makeover would have been super easy and quick if I had gone into it with a plan ahead of time… (are you seeing a trend here?) So, because I am just so nice, I’ll save you a few steps (and lots of frustration) and just tell you what I should have done instead 🙂
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How to update bifold closet doors with beadboard wallpaper
- Tape measure
- Paintable beadboard wallpaper
- Construction adhesive
- White paint
- Paint brush and a mini roller
- Handles (unless you want to use the old ones!)
What to do:
Start with clean doors. I didn’t sand or anything since the doors were already smooth, and they didn’t have a shiny finish.
Determine your design and measurements. I wanted my “panels” to span both bifold doors to give the illusion of one normal door. Mark your measurements right on the door with pencil.
Cut your wallpaper to the correct size, and then apply following the package instructions. The one I used was pre-pasted, but I’m not sure if they make it anymore. I did find a similar one by Martha Stewart that is not pre-pasted. I believe they sell it at Home Depot, or you can search for it online.
Cut your trim pieces to the appropriate size and with the correct angles. Make sure all your pieces fit together correctly, and then attach the trim to the doors so that it outlines the beadboard “panels.” The trim I used was extremely lightweight, so I was able to attach it using construction adhesive and skipped the nails.
Once everything is dry, you’re ready to paint! For mine, I first primed the doors, wallpaper, and trim. Then I painted it all with two coats of white paint. I used the same white as I used on the trim in this room (and my whole house).
Finally, attach your handles. I found these amazing handles at Hobby Lobby for half off! They were originally $4.99 a piece but I got all four handles for less than $10!
I totally love how these doors turned out, and how much they brighten up this corner of the bedroom! Are they perfect? Nope. Are they functional and way prettier than what I had before? Most definitely. And best of all, this makeover was a great, inexpensive way to update my closet doors without spending the money on brand new doors.