When we moved into our house one of the first projects we wanted to tackle was removing the metal closet doors. They are unsightly and rarely stay in their tracks. Initially we went to Home Depot and were shocked to discover that floor to ceiling closet doors are no longer mass produced. We asked the clerk what he would recommend and he said custom doors.
I inquired online about custom doors and quickly realized they were beyond our budget. After some brainstorming with friends we decided we would shorten the height of the closet by adding drywall. The ready made doors are about $35 for the hall closets so this seemed like a good option.
- add a 2X4 in the top part of the closet and a 2×4 to the appropriate width below (measure the door you want!)
- add drywall on all sides of the 2×4
- Sand the spackle
- Add the track for the door
We thought we were all set to go when we realized the door we bought was not white. Oops! In the store it appeared white but it is really a manilla color. After we figured out which trim is used in the house (old paint cans are awesome!) we decided we could move forward. Something about painting up to 4 doors total with a paint brush seemed less than awesome and not efficient.
Figuring out the steps for the door was a long process but now that we know all we need to do I know the other three doors will be a cinch!
This project not only improves the look of the house it improves our enjoyment of the house. No more doors falling out of their tracks and we can look on them fondly knowing we did a lot of hard work! Now to look for cool knobs 🙂