Cottage Design DIY Home Decor

Turn Your Plain Closet Doors into a Style Statement

June 3, 2015

I stumbled across a fantastic way to add beauty and glamour to plain closet doors while reading the One Kings Lane blog, and I am looking for unique and stylish DIY ideas to use to decorate my daughter’s new apartment. One Kings Lane is a fantastic site where you can purchase discounted, quality furniture and accessories (nope –  not a spokesperson, I just really like their products).  I just discovered their amazing blog. check it out here. I am adapting their DIY to fit in with rental and apartment living by using removable adhesive. You need to start out with flat closet doors, preferably hollow-core.

Here’s what you will need:



One quart semigloss paint
Finish nails (or removable adhesive strips for renters)
Paintable caulk
Painters tape
Faux plaster ceiling medallion (sized to fit your door)
(found this one on for less than $15)
Dummy doorknob(s) (one per medallion)

The medallions used are 14 inches in diameter, but you can use any size. Paint your door first. Measure to find the center of your door(s).  Secure the medallion to the door using two finish nails, one at the top and one at the bottom.

If you are renting, I recommend using the removable adhesive instead of finish nails. When you have to restore your doors to their original state you will have much less patch work to do.


Next, apply a bead of caulk around the medallion.  You can smooth out the caulk by wetting your finger and running it along the caulk.


Paint your medallion to match your door.

Install the dummy knobs and…..




This is truly one of the best DIYs I’ve seen in quite some time.

For detailed instructions, head on over to the One Kings Lane Blog here.

Thank you to Megan Pflug over at One Kings Lane for this amazing DIY Closet Door treatment. Photos by Manuel Rodriguez.


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  • Reply Junkchiccottage June 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Good Morning Gay,
    What a great idea. I am heading over to their blog now. I have old vintage glass knobs on my closet doors so adding these medallions would look great. Thanks for sharing this idea. Have a great rest of the week.

  • Reply Greg Marshall August 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Such a chic and sophisticated design! I love the shade of green – it gives the closet a modern vintage appeal. This looks fairly easy to make. Thank you for sharing this inspiring idea!

    Greg Marshall @ Crawford Door of WNY Inc.

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