One of the easiest ways to spark up your bedroom décor without painting the walls or replacing your furniture is to dress up your closet doors. Why have plain white doors when there are so many DIY ways to add color, pattern, or function without spending a bundle?
Whether you want to have some fun in the kids’ room or add a bit of whimsy to your own bedroom, you’re sure to find inspiration in one of the nine ideas shown here. Make sure to remove the doors from the hinges and lay them flat before starting any of the painting projects—you’ll find it much easier to work that way.
01 of 09
If you’ve found a wallpaper that you love but you don’t want to cover your full bedroom walls with pattern, hang the paper on your closet doors instead. Today’s wallpaper is a far cry from the difficult-to-hang, impossible-to-remove paper you might remember from your childhood. Most wallpaper these days is self-adhesive and easy to strip if you move or tire of the design. And with so many great wallpapers on the market, you’re sure to find one that adds just the touch your bedroom needs.
02 of 09
Give your closet artistic flair with a stenciled design. You can go as simple or as elaborate as you’d like—there are stencils available in every motif imaginable. Dress up a child’s room with whimsical woodland creatures or sports images, or add a touch of exotic elegance to a master bedroom with bamboo in metallic paint, as shown here.
Craft stores, paint stores, and online retailers all sell an impressive array of stencils. Before starting, use graph paper to plan your stenciled design, experimenting until you have the most pleasing layout.
03 of 09
The fantastic mural on the closet doors shown here is the work of artist Fred Gonsowski in his own home. If you have similar artistic ability, you’ll probably feel comfortable working freehand on a design of your own creation. If not, look for inspiration in pictures and photographs, and when you find the perfect image for your bedroom, use a grid to enlarge the image and create the outline on your closet door prior to painting. If that is a bit more effort than you’d like, feel free to paint a simple scene, or just have fun with geometric shapes, dots, stars, squiggles, or stripes.
04 of 09
Do you have a teenager with calculation-intensive homework like algebra, geometry, physics, or chemistry? How about a child who likes to draw, write poetry, or just doodle? If so, give him or her a working surface similar to one found in a classroom by covering all or a portion of the closet doors with dry-erase paint. This glossy, white latex paint dries to a hard finish that turns the doors into a whiteboard. Use dry-erase pens for drawing or writing, then simply wipe the marks away with a paper towel or rag to erase mistakes or clean the board.
This project is best for upper-elementary or older kids—the younger set might accidentally use permanent markers instead of dry-erase pens, thus ruining the finish.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Here’s a project great for the younger kids' bedroom: Turn the closet doors into a chalkboard. It’s easy with chalkboard paint, which isn’t limited to black anymore—you can find a wide range of bright colors. Simply paint it on, let it dry for a few days, rub the entire surface with chalk, and then erase. Now the surface is ready for your budding Picasso’s scribbles and alphabet practice sessions.
You can cover the entire surface of the doors, or just use the chalkboard paint in the door’s centers as shown here—you can get all the details at Design Build Love.
06 of 09
Give your closet doors some dimensional interest with little more than paint and canvas stretchers or frames. This project works on single-door closets or folding doors, not sliders.
First, paint the door with a base color of your choosing. (Using a glossy paint makes it easier to clean the doors.) Next, paint your frames, using the same color as the base (as shown here), or go bolder with a contrasting color, a rainbow of frames, or alternating hues. Then, attach the frames to the door using adhesive strips—but before adhering the frames, lay the pattern out on the door to be sure it’s positioned to your liking.
You can get all the details at Curbly.
07 of 09
Who said that closet doors have to be solid wood, or even be a door at all? If you want something soft, textural, and as easy to change as your mood, hang a curtain instead. The trick is to hang the curtain rod inside the closet, up above the door so that from the outside, the top of the curtain is hidden. Be sure you measure before getting started—you need a rod that is at least a couple inches wider than your closet door and curtains long enough to reach the ground once mounted.
Now you have a closet door that requires no swing room to open. Just slide the curtains to the side, or part in the middle if you are using two panels.
08 of 09
Decoupage is a great way to make use of fabric scraps, scrapbooking paper, gift wrap, old maps or botanical prints, or any other lightweight, flat material that can be glued to your door. You can cover the entire door, create an interesting centerpiece and surround it with painted molding, decoupage just one door of a pair of sliders (as in the room here), or decoupage an open design that lets the door’s original surface show through.
Before getting started, remove the door from the hinges and lay it flat. Arrange your paper or fabric scraps until you like the design, and then use a decoupage adhesive like Mod Podge to adhere the design to the door. Give the finished design several top coats of Mod Podge to create a wipeable, shiny, and smooth surface.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Decorating your closet doors with wall decals is probably the easiest way of all to give them a bit of color and décor power. This technique is especially good in a child’s room, where you’ll probably want to change the theme as your child gets older. Wall decals are self-adhesive and peel away easily without leaving any marks or residue. They also come in a nearly limitless range of designs, sizes, and colors, so you can go as simple (like the butterfly decals seen here), or as elaborate as you’d like.