Back in February, we redid the office and I was SO excited because we found the closet doors for in here! Before that, we had a set of drapes covering the closet that didn’t really fit and looked kind of sad. I felt like these doors were a missed opportunity, but there they sat.
Until this week! I decided to add trim and some decals to pull in the doors with the wallpaper on the other walls. The best part is that I was able to add decorative trim. It is super thin, but works- even on the sliding closet doors! Want to see how to do this project?!
how to add trim to sliding closet doors
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
- Peony Wall Decals
- Screen Trim (I got 5 pieces)
- Painter’s Tape
- Construction Adhesive
- Caulk Gun
- Miter Saw
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Laser Level
Start by gathering your supplies. For this project, I used the smallest trim I could find at the store since there is such a small gap between the sliding doors. I used screen molding and it was only $2 per 8′ length! Just make sure the trim is straight when you buy it so its easy to work with.
I decided to make a large rectangle on each door. I measured in 2.5″ on the door and then cut the trim to size.
Next, test fit the trim on the door. To do that, I used a laser level and then taped up the pieces in the perfect spot. I did this to verify that the trim had been cut correctly. Once it was in place, I traced one edge of the trim with pencil. Then I pulled off one piece of trim, added liquid nails to the back, and taped it back on. I repeated this step until both doors were done.
For this project, actual nail gun nails are too long (since the trim is so thin). Using construction adhesive means you don’t have to mess with nail holes too. Leave the trim taped on for at least 1 hour so the glue can set.
And now, once the glue is dry, pull off the tape and caulk the edges for a clean finish.
Finally, it’s time to add on the peony decals. I got mine from Rocky Mountain Decals and they are such beautiful quality! Nice and thick and easy to adhere. Plus the actual design of the peonies is really gorgeous!
To put the decals on the door, I first cut around the peonies and leaves so each piece would be separate. Then, I taped them up with painter’s tape until I liked the design. Once I was happy, I pulled off a section of the backing. I used a squeegee to adhere the decal smoothly onto the wall. I worked on each peony for a small bit at a time so I could get them up without any air bubble.
I finished by giving the trim a coat of white paint. Usually I’d do this earlier, but I ran out of time and didn’t want the decals to get wet paint on them when I was applying them. Finishing with paint worked for me, but its better to do it after the trim is installed.
This closet is in my office and so I figured that I could go all out and have some fun in here! This look would be really fun in a little girl’s room too. I think that life is too short for boring closet doors 😉
The trim alone added a bunch of charm, but the peonies are really the cherry on top! They’re such a fun look and if I ever get sick of them, I can easily take them off 🙌🏻
When I first put up the closet doors, a few readers suggested trim. I thought that there was no way I could add trim since there’s such a small space for it on the back door. But this work nicely! The door works nicely and looks even better! Do you have any boring closet doors in your life?
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