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

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

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

    visiting from the DIY showoff project parade.

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

    Dropping by from BNOTP.

    Hidden Laundry

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


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

  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.


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

  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!

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

  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

  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.

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

  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

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

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

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

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

  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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