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Before & After: Mirrored Closet Door Makeover

by Grace Bonney

Old sliding closet doors can often be a design nightmare. In mid-century homes, they’re made of 70s-style laminate or faux-wood and in later homes, shiny mirrored doors (with fake chrome trim) are common. I’ve been known to rip them out myself and replace them with hanging curtains, or paint the doors to try to camouflage them, but they never look quite right to me. But when I saw this makeover from Roxanne at The Honeycomb Home, I realized I was going about it all wrong. Instead of camouflaging them, I should have been finding a stylish way to accentuate them.

Roxanne’s daughter’s room had sliding mirrored doors that they both disliked. The doors stood out from the darker walls like a sore thumb and, while they were practical for saving space and bouncing light back into the room, they didn’t fit the overall look look they both wanted. So instead of tearing them out, Roxanne took inspiration from a photo she saw online and decided to design her own overlay to dress up the doors and turn them from a distraction into a key element of the room’s design. I absolutely adore the final look and it’s such an inspiration to anyone who is dealing with sliding doors that need a little love. Click through to read about Roxanne’s process! xo, grace

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The closet doors, before & after!
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The room before, with darker walls and traditional mirrored sliding glass closet doors.
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Inspired by these doors (from Gardiner and Larson Homes) , Roxanne decided to recreate the look on her own.
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Roxanne created a template online using My Overlays and had these mailed to her to attach to the mirror.
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Rozanne used one of our hardware store favs, Goop Glue (no relation to Ms. Paltrow), to attach the overlays to the mirrored doors.
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The final result is a bright, open space (I love the lighter wall color) and doors that feel like an elegant design detail.
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The full wall view, after.

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