THE NO BUDGET CLOSET DOORS!

HELLO beautiful people!  It’s finally been warming up and raining A LOT this year! It feels like more rain than any other year since we’ve moved to idaho. This doesn’t bother me though😬!  I love rain and enjoy it quite a bit😍😊.  Thankfully this wave of warm weather allowed me to make some new closet doors.

What about you? How’s the weather been where you live?  Is it raining as well?

OKAY! Closet Doors! First off I will admit I went to home depot to purchase doors.  I was thinking to buy just plain panels and maybe dress them up a bit. However I didn’t find any that fit my budget and they didn’t have plain ones.

When I say budget let’s not forget Tony ( hubby) didn’t want doors to start off with. His idea of a closet is an open concept where clothes are visible and easier for him to access. So in other words I guess I should say there was NO budget at all! 😆LOL!

Don’t get me wrong I love to have ease of access to anything but, who ever said they love their ugly closet to be 100% visible all the time! 😫NOT ME!

I knew somewhere in the back of my head I would need to make closet doors! HOW? I wasn’t sure yet!

It wasn’t until I came across these 2×2’s that I had an idea.  The idea was to build a frame for each door panel and I could either cut plywood to fill in the centers or use fabric to fill the centers. This sounded easy enough to do by myself too. I say this because I knew Tony wouldn’t be helping much with this project at all. He helped a bunch with the dresser which made him behind at work so I knew he had a lot of catching up to do. He also agreed to let me make them if I did it on my own. HAHA😂 BOY OH BOY. Let’s just say, this was a challenge from the start!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CLOSET DOOR PLANS!

If you can get passed this point than your past the hardest part! I swear this took me a whole day to figure out!  ( fyi – I suck with numbers)

Since I wanted to make bi-fold doors I knew it would be harder than sliding doors. You need to take into consideration the door hinges and just space needed for them to fold. Apparently I couldn’t find a good example online of how to size my panels correctly, which was a bit frustrating. My biggest question to start off was… HOW MUCH SPACE SHOULD I LEAVE BETWEEN EACH PANEL?  I ended up calling my dad. He’s built a few houses in his lifetime I figured he would know a thing or two. His answer was 1/4″ of an inch. BINGO! I was on a roll again!

Here’s what I came up with. The finished dimensions for each door needed to be 78″ height and 17″ width. ( I would make a total of 4 doors to go in my closet opening)

How to customize your own –

Okay here’s how I did it! Take the width of your closet door opening and divide in into 4. Then subtract 1/2″ from the width of each panel and 3/4″ of an inch from the bottom.    ( the reason I say 3/4 from the bottom is because I did 1/2″ inch shorter than my closet door opening an it was still too big)

( okay okay… so this would give you 1/4″ inch of room between each panel ( 1/2″ divided in two is 1/4″ ) and making them 3/4″ shorter will give enough room at the top and bottom of your closet doors to slide open and shut)

PRETTY EASY RIGHT?!!

Each panel consists of 4 pieces referred to as top lay and bottom layer. They are attached together to create one panel. The reason for two layers is so you can secure the panels together with screws from the top. (this method allows more screws and seemed sturdier)

I  made a video assembling the pieces together ( scroll to the bottom to watch the video) .

WHAT KIND OF WOOD CAN YOU USE?

Even though I picked 2″x2″s to work with we ended up splitting them in half to create top and bottom layers for our panels.  This requires a table saw which I’m sure isn’t something everyone owns. In fact I rarely ever use ours! This was the only thing Tony agreed to help me with. YAY! So glad he did because I’m deathly afraid of our table saw.  That thing does not like me! HAHA😂! We have a past!

Solution for a NO TABLE SAW situation would be to use 1″x 2″s from home depot. They’re already thin enough and would make the perfect thickness once layered to create a solid panel. Which makes me wonder why I didn’t use these in the first place. 🙈LOL! ( I secretly wanted Tony to be a part of this project 😆shhhh don’t tell him)

WHAT IF YOU HAVE NO CUTTING TOOLS AT ALL?

–>> MAKE IT WITH JUST A DRILL!

Okay so I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again! 😬

Home depot can actually cut your wood to size. ( I’m not sure they have a table saw to split it though so it would only work with 1″x2″s)

If you bring your plans and just have a bunch of dimensions you can save yourself a ton of time getting all your pieces cut this way.

Than just load it up in your car and when you come home all that’s left to do is assembling all the pieces.  Just make sure you have your dimensions right. You don’t want to waste all that money on wood you can’t use.

(also make sure and get a few extra pieces because sometimes the wood can split or have knots)

TOTAL COST: $45

WOWWZERS!! YEP!! That’s all it cost me for all 4 closet door panels!  ( this doesn’t include the bi-fold door hardware, which was another about $40. )

TIME NEEDED:

Not going to lie this is a time consuming project. Although this probably had a lot to do with me figuring things out. 😑LOL!

Cutting and assembling the panels was done within a few hours. Not long at all. Then adding and staining the fabric was another about 3-4 hours. I spread this project out into a few days.

Could this be done over the weekend? YES TOTALLY!

Supplies:

  • 9x 2×2’s or 18 1″x2″s. ( get a few extras just in case) Not all closet doors are the same size please buy wood accordingly.

( make sure and pick out the straightest wood. Also plan to make the doors as soon as you buy the wood as it may warp if you let it sit a while.. mine started warping after 4 days and idaho is not very humid at all)

  • wood stain ( optional )
  • burlap, any fabric or, thin plywood ( I used 5 1/2 yards of burlap)
  • stapler
  • screws ( drill)
  • acrylic paint to stain burlap ( also optional)
  • closet door hinges
  • bi-fold door hardware (I bought mine at homedepot. It also comes with wooden closet door knobs)

Okay here’s a quick snippet showing how the panel looks close up with the top and bottom layers. ( before secured with screws)

TO STAIN OR NOT TO STAIN?

This is the wood stain I decided to use and JEEESH this stuff STEIIINKS!! Like real bad😫!  First off let me say, the reason I decided to stain my wood is because I wanted an even look under the burlap.  I was afraid that since some of the wood looked darker than the other pieces it might be visible under the burlap. Now that I think about it I honestly regret using this stuff. I should of just used diluted acrylic paint.  It’s been 2 weeks airing out in our car port and it still stinks.  It’s definitely fading but, somehow I have a feeling it’ll always stink a little.

I should mention that I didn’t apply clear coat over the stain at all. Not sure if this would make a difference in smell at all.

When applying my stain I didn’t let it sit long at all.  I pretty much wiped it off as soon as I applied it.

Here’s what the panels looked like once stained.

Why I stained my burlap!

Before starting on these closet doors I was super inspired by rattan! If you’ve never heard of it it’s very similar to cane webbing! When I looked into purchasing some rattan or cane webbing I found it ranged around $7 a sq foot!  Pretty pricey and again not in my budget!  That’s when I decided burlap was the way to go because it was the perfect texture and only about $3 a yard.  I decided to stain it because it was too light in color and more yellow then cane webbing.  I wanted it to mimic natural wood.  I used some acrylic paint that I mixed with water and brushed the mixture on.  ( folkart coffee latte and titanium white) Once the water was added the mixture was pretty diluted. Don’t forget to do paint swatches before painting all your burlap. Also keep in mind it will be a few shades darker once it dries. That’s why my mixture looks super light and milky.

I know my paint mixture looked super light and milky and it seamed like it wouldn’t make much of a difference to the burlap but it does! Trust me! I went through a lot of swatch tests before I ended up with this milky stain mixture.  Here’s a snippet showing the difference in color.

( burlap at the top right of the photo is stained vs the small piece of burlap on the left bottom isn’t stained)

Attaching burlap to your panels!

This is pretty straight forward.  I cut the burlap big enough to wrap around each panel and ironed it before attaching. Then I used my stapler to secure first the top then the bottom of the burlap to my closet panel (tighten while stapling). Following that I moved onto the sides of my panel. It works best if you staple one whole side of your burlap to the panel than move onto the other side and stretch tightly while attaching the second side.

To finish off my corners I simply pulled the fabric back neatly and stapled. ( video shows more in depth – scroll down for video)

Installing your doors!

Finally installing the doors.  I attached some of these non-mortise hinges.  I was told they’re made specifically for closet doors.

To attach them I simply lay the doors next to one another and used the screws provided to attach them.

Tony also made me these super cute door handles that I special ordered from him! 😋LOL!

Aren’t they sssso cute!! I love how simple they look.

Installing the hardware + Video!

So I’m not going to lie the hardware installation was the most intimating part for me.  I was pleasantly surprised because It’s a lot easier then it seems.  Since I was so carried away figuring it out I totally forgot to take photos.  I however make a video of it.  If installing hardware for your closet doors is something you want to learn this video might be helpful.

Okay finally here’s what my closet looks looked like before!

Here’s the AFTER!!!

Also shown in these photos are my new candle holders😍😁! A few weeks ago I really wanted some black candle holders.  Hobby lobby had cute ones but, I decided to make my my own.  I got some metal at home depot and Tony helped me shape into a candle holder. It was super easy to make and took under 15 minutes to finish. The solid one is made from concrete. 😀

I love how the burlap stands out against white walls.

OMG that sheer finish burlap gives these closet doors! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!  Just the look I was going for.

That’s it for these DIY closet doors!  I hope you’re inspired to make your own.  You can also add this burlap effect to furniture, and walls 😬!

Happy Crafting!

I’ll see you next time!

xo,

Lily-