Labor Day weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little project to work on. And the most recent project here put Mr. Heatherland and I through a relationship-test called: “How long does it take to install a closet door?”
Where do I begin? Well, our spare bedroom has been without a closet door for the last year or so. I have consistently forgotten to buy a closet door for it because I never remember we need one until someone stays over- and even then it’s only for a hot minute before I forget again.
About two weeks ago I finally decided to rectify this. Since our spare bedroom is tiny, and we all know that light reflection is a small space’s BFF, I opted for frosted glass closet doors. If our room was bigger, I would have copied this idea, which I love, those sliding closet doors:
Instead, I found a simple, smaller version, which I ordered under-budget and it came in ahead of schedule, but then…
DIY Went Wrong
- The doors were about 1″ too long, so Mr. Heatherland cut them to size. But the circular saw was not cooperating, and when he switched to the jigsaw the first door ended up less than perfect.
- Even though I ordered White, but the color was more like Almond. So I had to paint them.
- When I started painting them, the paint beaded up because they were coated with a paper that was moisture resistant (and un-sandable), so I had to prime them with two coats of KILZ, then with two coats of our trim color.
- I didn’t carefully read the instructions and attached the top rollers incorrectly and had to switch them after a failed installation attempt.
- I overtightened three (3!) screws and snapped the tops off them, forcing me to undo everything and re-screw much more gently.
- The existing closet frame was so horribly out of level that even though the rollers were adjustable for out of square frames, we were still 1/2″ off and had to pull down the track and shim it to level-ish.
- We made an executive decision to make a large wood trim piece to cover the track and the cut marks from shortening the door- and that also needed to be primed and painted.
After my patience had been tested to the limit, we were done (almost). So much for my “Quick 30 Minute Project”, this took all day and I am so happy we have a frosted glass closet door- Finally!
Teamwork makes the dream work! The next and final step is installing long, chrome bar pulls that coordinate with the other design elements in our house. But that should be easy, peasy, right?