Closet Makeover Phase 2: Paint & Hardware |

Thank you guys so much for all the love on Phase 1 of my Closet Makeover, your support has been truly touching. I’m excited to share my next steps with you today!

Intermediate Level Post |

Painting is only as good as your prep, so beforehand I went over each of the doors with DAP Plastic Wood to fill the tiny gaps in between the miter cuts. I’ve used other wood fillers/putties (previously talked about here) and I have to say this stuff is the best. DAP goes on much smoother, minimizing the amount of coats you’ll need to use per project. It’s even stainable! After letting it dry for an hour I went over it with 100 grit sandpaper.

For the hardware I selected these 3 inch pulls. Since the moulding was placed right next to the old drill holes, it was a bit awkward to grasp them. I decided to drill new holes an inch inward from the original ones. Then I filled the old holes with wood filler, This required two coats.

Closet Makeover Hardware Installation |

Next I sprayed down all the brackets and handles with Rustoleum gold spray paint. I can’t get enough of this stuff, it’s the same paint I used on the wheels of my bar cart as well as my diamond mobile. It gives excellent coverage with just one coat where other brands often require 2-3.

Rustoleum Metallic Gold on hardware |

After all that was done I went on to painting the doors. I was feeling pretty torn between a dark grey and coral so I purchased sample sizes of each. Since the room is so small and by comparison the closet is so large, the coral was incredibly startling. So I decided to go the in the other direction with dark grey. I went with Behr’s Creek Bend. I’m absolutely in love with the color. It’s dark enough to give off the sophisticated feel I was aiming for, but not so dark that the details of the doors get lost.

Closet Makeover |

Before After Closet Makeover |

Materials Used in Phase 2:

100 grit sandpaper ($3.97), DAP Plastic Wood ($4.48), plastic joint knife ($1), Kel-bond Primer ($7.99), 1 quart of Behr Creek Bend in Semigloss ($14.99), Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint ($5.79), & 4 Door Handles ($2.79 each).

Total Costs on Phase 2 Excluding Tools: $48.38

Time Spent on Phase 2:

1.5 hours all together priming and painting doors and hardware, 30 minutes with wood filler and sanding, 10 minutes drilling holes, 1.5 hours shopping for supplies.

Check back tomorrow for another fun transformation!

  • EA Searles

    Awesome transformation. The mitered wood pieces simply sit on top of existing doors correct? I noticed in one pic the interior of the framing pieces on the door looks as if it was sanded.

    • They do sit on top of the existing doors. A few of the pieces sat a little higher than others because they were caulked on rather than nailed in. I did a light sanding where the mitered pieces met so there was a smoother transition.

  • Wow! What a huge transformation. I love how you added the panel inserts :)

  • Sunshine

    It is hard to believe that it is the same wardrobe. I like your style. You’ve given me some great ideas. Thanks!

  • Remi

    How long did you let it dry in between each coat e.g. spray painting handles, painting the doors? And how long until the closet was ready to be used? I plan to follow your steps for painting an armoire. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Jackie

    There are a lot of good DIYs on the Internet. There are few that knock my socks off. My socks are now in the next county! What an incredible make-over. LOVE IT!

  • Aditee Mané

    Love this! How did you affix the frames to the wardrobe? Glue them down or nail them in? Sorry, I am new here – frames might even be the technical word, but you know what I mean :)

    • Hi Aditee, I chose to adhere them using caulk which has held up nicely. If you take on a similar project I’d love to see your results!

  • Tooba Farooq

    Wow …. i like this transformation 😍

  • George L. Rivera

    Nicely done.