Monday, 10 October 2011

Updating Basic Sliding Doors

Our home is a standard Henley builder's house, so there is very little architectural interest.  Upstairs next to the bathroom is a very basic and boring little linen cupboard with basic, plain sliding doors.




There's nothing wrong with them - they are just boring.  To add some interest, I cut strips of timber the same width as the doors and glued them on.  I had to use 4mm thick timber as the doors would not slide behind each other if I used thick moulding.


This looked good but it was still a little plain.  I have seen some pretty vinyl bird decals and I thought one of these might add some interest, but I couldn't find one I liked and then I remembered seeing Cottage Hill's pretty bird pie safe and I thought I could use the same idea on my linen cupboard.


So with a picture of a bird on a branch as my guide, I free hand painted a tree branch using Jo Sonia's burnt umber acrylic paint.  I only painted inside one section of the door as I wanted this to be a small feature.


Then I used mod podge to add two birds from The Graphics Fairy and some pink blossom clip art.  I chose to use the red robin graphic as the first ever follower I had on this blog (other than my mum) was Robynne from Robynne's Nest.  This way whenever I see it I think of all the friendships and inspiration that comes from reading blogs.


So my linen cupboard has gone from this

to this

At first I was worried that the birds were a bit much, but now I really like it.

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20 comments:

  1. I love it! It would make me happy every time I walked by.

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  2. Kylie you have turned a boring old cupboard into something stunning. Great job. Sandy x

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  3. What a great idea. It looks so sweet and whimsical.

    visiting from the DIY showoff project parade.

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  4. The doors look much better. The birds and tree was a fun touch.

    Dropping by from BNOTP.

    Allison
    Atticmag
    Hidden Laundry

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  5. Kylie, your closet doors look beautiful now! I love the birds and branch you painted.

    xoxo
    Amanda

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  6. It looks fantastic - something I'll definitely keep in mind for future projects!

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  7. Love it! Looks great!

    I'm glad you get me. If I didn't get excited about house related stuff I would never get excited at all :( ... At the moment (past 2 years) that is.

    B

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  8. Dropping by from the Graphics Fairy. Great result, has an oriental feel I think.

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  9. I just saw your post on Debbiedoo's newbie party! What a cute accent!! You did a great job! I am a newbie, as well and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me too. Many blessings to you!

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  10. Very cute and original idea. looks pretty easy too!

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  11. Wow that is so good,I have a wardrobe with doors like that and they really are plain and uninteresting. You have given me inspiration to have a try. Thanks Kylie and thank you for visiting me,I'm glad my teacup brought back memories for you,mugs will never replace teacups in my book. xx have a nice day and I am a new follower. xx

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  12. WOW, what a fantastic idea. My Mom would adore this as she loves birds and nature. She put these mirror tiles up instead. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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  13. Your doors look fantastic with the new molding and your beautiful, artistic touch.
    I'm your newest follower...
    ~ Wendi ~

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  14. What a great project to update boring door. The birds make the door they are not too much. Will be you newest follower. Laura Cottage and Broome

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  15. gorgeous!
    you are very clever.
    cheryl xox.

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  16. That made the doors more interesting and fun! Great job. Thanks for dropping by and joining BC Good Life Wednesdays linky party.

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  17. Ooh, so pretty. Makes a big difference:) God bless x

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  18. I love the new look!! It is just right, making the perfect subtle statement. :) Great job!

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  19. What a big difference it made to the door! It's simple, but that's much better than the previous look of the door. Have you thought of adding a door hardware on it? A black hardware would be a nice touch. What do you think? -A & B Siding & Roofing

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