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DIY Mirrored French Closet Doors

How we created a vintage style, glamorous solution for our bifold French closet doors on our master bedroom’s his and her closets.

It’s been way too long since we shared a master bedroom update, but when you’re trying to complete a room makeover during the Christmas season, it’s a lot of, “Ooh! Shiny things! Look, distractions!” I LOVE how our French closet doors turned out!

So okay… quick recap.

Once upon a time there was a master bedroom that needed a little bit of love with some bifold closet doors that really needed jazzing up.

UPDATE: See our final Master Bedroom reveal here!

bedroom before with his and her closets

Paint (and also Christmas decorations back in December 2017) made things better but Robert and I saw even more potential.

bedroom with his and her closets with folding closet doors

So Paint Job #2 happened and it was 1000% worth it…

bedroom before with his and her closets

Because it turns out that even though black paint seems scary in theory, it friggin’ rocks. Which brings us to the tale of the closet doors.

We were so done with the simple hollow core closet doors that we originally painted dark charcoal because there was an opportunity there that this room was completely missing.

closet before

And that something was mirrored French closet doors! Ahhhhh! They’re so good!

Mirrored French Closet Doors - antique inspired bifold doors

DIY Mirrored French Closet Doors

Supplies

We used the same glass insert French bifold doors that we installed in our laundry room a couple of years ago. But since we didn’t want our clothes visible from the outside, and we wanted these doors to reflect some light into this small-ish bedroom, we used our antique mirror film trick again.

If you’re sick of seeing this stuff on our projects, I’m sorry but also not sorry. Because it has been the perfect solution for incorporating a little texture while adding light into dark spaces.

Mirrored French Closet Doors - vintage inspired bifold closet doors

Steps

1. Like we always do when painting interior doors, we brushed the glass (using our French door painting trick) with masking liquid. 

2. Once the masking liquid was dry after several hours, I applied Kilz 2 All-Purpose primer. 

3. Then, once the primer was dry, I painted on a coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White semigloss on the folding closet doors like the rest of the trim in our house. (1 coat did the trick this time around.)

Even though we have dark charcoal doors almost everywhere else, we felt like a creamy white would add balance to the black walls that we painted with Kilz Complete Coat Rebel in satin.

Once the paint was dry, we scored the edges of the dried masking liquid on the glass and peeled it away. Like we do on all of our French doors:

masking liquid on french doors

4. Then, we added these glass knobs with antique brass backplates as our solution to add a little vintage style.

Mirrored French Closet Doors - antique inspired folding closet doors

5. To hide our clothes in the closet behind the glass, we added the mirror film next. The mirror film isn’t all that functional in terms of having a clear reflection, but we didn’t want it to be.

It’s just enough to bounce light from the two windows in this room so that we have perfectly balanced lighting to make the room feel cozy, but not closed in.

  • I measured the glass panes and cut the mirror film just slightly larger than I needed. 
  • Then, I used the spray bottle to spritz a little water on one glass pane and on the sticky back of the mirror film.
  • I pressed the wet mirror film to the wet glass pane and smoothed out any air bubbles with an old credit card.
  • Using a sharp Xacto knife, I trimmed any edges of the mirror film to fit the glass pane. 
  • Squeeze out any remaining air bubbles in the film and let dry. 

That’s it!

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We still have a few finishing touches in this room that I’ll share after Christmas, but I’m SO excited at how well it has all come together.

Update: See our final primary bedroom reveal here!

And let me tell ya, with this black paint on the walls, I sleep so much better now. It feels like a cocoon in here at night.

Mirrored French Closet Doors - French antique inspired bifold closet doors

What do you think? Love? They’re way more glamorous and vintage-y than the bifold closet doors that were here before, that’s for sure.

The inside of the closets haven’t improved much yet, but we’ll get there. Add that one to the list of projects for the year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I turn a bifold door into swinging French doors?

Absolutely! See how to change a bifold door into two skinny swinging French doors here.

What can I use instead of bifold closet doors?

You can try hanging a curtain in a fabric that compliments the room, use folding screens or a room divider. If you’re willing to invest more, try installing French doors, a sliding barn door or pocket door, if you have enough wall space beside the doorway for one. If you want to completely disguise your closet, you can even install a bookcase door.

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36 Comments

  1. Love the way your bedroom is looking. We did the French doors for our bedroom. We hung floor length mirrors behind the doors and we have mirrored French doors. We love them, occasionally we take the mirrors off to clean between the doors and mirrors.

  2. Lauren, you definitely have the WOW factor! I would never have thought of black for the wall, but you have nailed it and the French doors rock! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Our entire house is light colored except our dark charcoal colored bedroom—that combined with room darkening curtains makes it feel luxuriously cozy! Now if we could ever get a chance to sleep in…..

  4. I love those closet doors! I may try something similar in the new master we are building on. The way it’s being built and where, very little natural light will come through and I’ve been trying to think of a way to reflect what little light there will be.

  5. Lauren~
    Oh my goodness, girl. Those doors are AMAZING, just like every single thing you touch. Every. Single. Thing. I love the inspiration you give to us all. Thank you for always including us in the reveal. You are the BEST!!!!

    Christmas hugs!!
    Deb 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. You’re a brave soul having black walls, but they look great with the trimwork and bits of lighter furniture. I love the antique door knobs with the back plates – i have those too!
    I was thinking of buying antique mirrored glass for a kitchen cupboard I want to put in my remodeled kitchen. It came out of a hardware store, so right now it has lovely orange plywood paneled doors. i’ll need to do some price comparisons with the mirrored glass v. glass with the film. But I’m glad to know the film is available! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration Lauren!

  7. So gorgeous! Love the black walls with the door treatment! I would like to try the film treatment on the french doors that divide our bathroom/closet area from the bedroom in our master. However, the doors are visible from both sides, so I’m not sure it would work. Can you tell/show me what the back side of the film looks like on your doors? Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Carrie! The other side of the film just looks like a solid mirror without the antiquing. It’s completely opaque on both sides. I hope that helps! Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

  8. You’ve done it again, Lauren! Your room is gorgeous—I love every single little detail. Thank you for taking the time to share your talents with us and letting us peek into your beautiful home. I always come away inspired. Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

  9. What a gorgeous makeover! Love the black walls and those doors…omg! I haven’t started on mine yet but when I do I’ll know where to turn! This is just stunning!

  10. Love everything you have done. I am a huge fan of the antique mirror film! You have used it successfully once again! I’m itching to try it somewhere. I also love the dark wall. Can’t wait to see the final, final room! Merry Christmas. Also, love your group on Facebook. So much fun to help and be helped with design issues!

  11. Greetings Lauren; You have done an amazing transformation!! Thank you for inviting us into your lives and home. I love the inspiration you have given me. Warm Regards. Donna

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