Closet Door Renewal
• 40 feet of Door Casing
(5 8-foot pieces)
• Paint brush
• Wood Glue
• Measuring tape
What you'll need:
Giving your shabby doors a facelift is easy with a few simple steps and a Dremel tool. In this project we removed one of the closet doors altogether to make room for our desk area. You can follow these steps to do one or more doors!
Now that your doors have been prepped you can paint them your desired end color. Here we painted our brown doors white so we used two coats.
Tip: To mount the flush-cutting wheel, remove the lock bolt and outer washer. Remember that the tool is reverse threaded so you will need to turn your wrench clockwise to remove these two pieces. Place the flush cutting wheel against the inner washer on the spindle shaft, reinstall the outer washer and lock bolt, using the wrench to tighten. Use a fresh cutting wheel for best results.
While you are waiting for your paint to dry, you can get started cutting your casing. Here, we decided to apply casing as a border around each door panel. We also added casing inside of the border to make the doors more decorative. Play with different designs before gluing anything down.
If your doors are standard height as ours were, we miter cut 4 lengths of 80 3/4" pieces to border the height of our doors. We also miter cut 4 lengths of 18" pieces for the horizontal top and bottom borders of our doors.
Making miter cuts can seem daunting at first but they are quick and easy with the Dremel Saw-Max. Fit your Dremel Saw-Max tool with a SM600 Wood and Plastic Flush Cutting Wheel. Once you have measured the length of cut you will need, mark your cut. Now, slide the guide back just slightly, leaving 1/8" of space between your intended cut and the guide to account for the offset of the blade. Clamp the guide down and make your cut.
Once your doors are dry, lay your cut pieces together on your doors to ensure a proper fit. Don't secure them just yet.
Once you have made your border, it is time to get creative with your inner panel design. We found it easy to visualize the final look by placing the miter pieces around the border and marking where we would want our inner panels to fall.
We decided to divide our doors into three sections each by adding two straight-cut pieces of casing laid horizontally. We measured the interior of our frame to be 14" wide. For 2 door panels we cut 4 pieces of 14". The Miter Guide can help make straight cuts as well.
First, measure and mark your desired cut line on the piece of casing. Position the straight edge of the guide over the wood in the location of the cut. Clamp the cutting guide to the workpiece, slide the guide back just slightly, leaving 1/8" of space between your intended cut and the guide to account for the offset of the blade. You can use the same Wood and Plastic Flush Cutting blade as you did in the last step to complete your cut.
Now that your doors are dry and your casing cut to size, adhere the casing to your door.
Start by adhering the long, vertical border casing first. Once you have completed your border, adhere your straight-cut inner pieces.
Your glue can take up to 6 hours to dry- refer to instructions on the bottle. Once the glue is dry, you can now mount your closet door into place and enjoy!
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