how to update mirrored closet doors

How To Update Mirrored Closet Doors

  1. Start with a Clean Slate: Before taking any measurements, make sure to clear out any items obstructing access to the closet. This will give you an unobstructed view of the space and allow for more accurate measurements.
  2. Height and Width: Begin by measuring the height and width of your existing closet opening. Use a tape measure and record these dimensions in inches or centimeters, whichever is most convenient for you. Take multiple measurements at different points along the height and width to account for any irregularities in the walls or floor.
  3. Depth: Next, determine the depth of your closet by measuring from the back wall to the front edge where your current doors are installed. This measurement will help ensure that your new mirrored doors don’t interfere with any shelving or hanging rods inside.
  4. Consider Overlapping Doors: If you plan on installing sliding mirrored doors that overlap when closed, make sure to account for this in your measurements. Measure each individual door’s width separately, as well as how much overlap you desire when they are closed.
  5. Check Levelness: Lastly, check if your closet opening is level by using a carpenter’s level tool or a smartphone app with leveling capabilities. If there are any significant discrepancies in levelness, it may be necessary to address them before installing new doors.

This ensures that the new doors adhere securely and provide a flawless finish. In this section, I’ll guide you through the necessary steps to get your surface ready for an effortless installation.

  1. Clearing the Space: Before starting any work, remove all items from inside and around the closet area. This includes clothing, shoes, accessories, and any other belongings that might hinder your progress or get damaged during the process. Clearing out the space will give you ample room to work comfortably and avoid any unnecessary accidents.
  2. Removing Existing Hardware: Next, carefully remove any existing hardware such as knobs, handles, or tracks from your current mirrored doors. Keep these components in a safe place if they are still in good condition and can be reused later.
  3. Cleaning and Sanding: To ensure proper adhesion of new materials on your closet doors’ surface, thoroughly clean them with a mild detergent solution or glass cleaner. Remove dirt, dust, grease marks, or any other residue that may have accumulated over time. Once cleaned, lightly sand the entire surface using fine-grit sandpaper to create a rough texture for better paint or adhesive adherence.
  4. Filling Holes and Repairing Damages: Inspect your mirrored closet doors for any holes or damages that need repair before updating their appearance. If you notice small holes or cracks on the surface, use wood filler or putty specifically designed for mirrors to fill in these imperfections smoothly. Allow sufficient drying time as per product instructions before moving forward.

 Installing The New Mirrored Closet Doors

  1. Measure Twice, Install Once: Before diving into the installation, take accurate measurements of your closet opening. This will ensure that you purchase mirrored doors that fit perfectly. Remember to measure both the height and width of the opening, as well as any additional clearance required for tracks or hardware.
  2. Prepare the Space: Clear out any obstructions from the area surrounding your closet opening. Remove any existing molding or trim that may interfere with the installation process. Ensure that there are no nails or screws sticking out from previous installations.
  3. Assemble Necessary Tools and Materials: Gather all the tools and materials you’ll need for installation. This may include a drill, screwdriver, level, measuring tape, screws, anchors (if necessary), and of course, your new mirrored doors.
  4. Attach Tracks or Hardware: Depending on your specific door design, you may need to attach tracks or hardware to guide and support your mirrored doors. Follow manufacturer instructions carefully while ensuring they are level and securely fastened.
  5. Hang Your Mirrored Doors: Begin by hanging one door at a time onto its corresponding track or hardware system. Lift each door into place by inserting its rollers into the track and sliding it along until it reaches its desired position.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed your new mirrored closet doors. Now take a step back and admire the transformation they bring to your space. Enjoy the added functionality and aesthetic appeal they provide to your closet area.