We found a simple easy inexpensive way to cover closet door mirrors! If you have older sliding closet doors that are mirrored on the front and would like a quick easy updated look check out the simple DIY we came up with! As we had some paper and spray glue already we didn’t have to buy a thing to cover our mirror. But the only cost is for those two items. This paper we used was purchased at the Dollar Store! I debated between this and plain brown Kraft paper. I chose the printed Kraft paper but any roll paper will work including heavy wrapping paper. Because you’re dealing with large pieces of paper that are glued this job really needs two people to do it. Check out our full DIY Decor Category for lots more creative inexpensive ideas!
- Kraft Paper (or any other roll paper of choice including wrapping paper!)
- Exacto knife
- Spray adhesive (You want the type that is temporarily repositionable. We used 3M General which allowed us to spray, let it sit for 30 seconds and THEN place it on the surface. This allowed us to reposition it if needed which we did.)
- 48″ ruler
- Self Stick Door Pulls (optional)
We moved to a new home recently. The room that was to be my craft room had sliding closet doors that were mirrored. I decided to cover them and came up with an idea that was inexpensive and stylish.
The only items you need are the paper to cover your mirror, some spray adhesive and then a ruler and craft knife!
1st step is to measure your mirrors. You will cut your paper larger than the mirrors by a few inches.
HOW NOT TO SPRAY THE PAPER: Because we were dealing with very long pieces of paper it’s best to have 2 people do this. After we measured and cut our paper (making sure to have a few inches over, we first tried laying the paper on the sidewalk outside and spraying the back with the adhesive. This posed a couple of problems. one, it was windy. and two trying to lift the long piece of paper up and maneuver it inside the house was problematic and its VERY EASY for it to stick to itself in which case its ruined.
WHAT WORKS BEST is to fold the paper with the print side in and have one person hold it up. DO THIS OUTSIDE. The spray adhesive is smelly and messy.
One person will hold the paper and the other will spray. We used a large dowel to keep the paper from moving around as it was windy outside.
SPRAYING THE PAPER: While one person holds the paper up another LIGHTLY sprays the back with adhesive. Make sure the person holding the paper is downwind. Once one half was sprayed it was swapped around and the other side lighty sprayed making sure to get the bottom section that is rolled under. MAKE SURE TO DO THIS PROCESS QUICKLY. Our glue needed to dry for 30 seconds in order to be repositionable. It took us that long to get it back inside the house.
Both people need to carefully help bring the sticky back paper inside.
Keep the paper folded as it was for spraying.
We did one side then the other, with one person holding the sprayed paper out while the other carefully placed it onto the mirror starting at the top corner. Go slow and carefully. If you misplace the paper you should be able to slowly peel it up and replace it.
One side of the paper will be placed exactly on the edge of the mirror to fit. The other side will overhang and need to be trimmed. Slowly smooth the paper with your hands as you go.
But off the main extra if needed.
Creasing the paper in place use a craft knife to trim to fit.
Do the same for the bottom.
Cut carefully to fit.
Carefully crease onto the side that has the overhang.
We went a bit too fast and a piece of the paper stuck to itself and tore a little trying to get it off. However, you could barely see it when flattened so I kept it. Ü
You really have to look to see the tear.
And this is the final result! Again, you can chose any type of paper you wish!
We decided to add a self stick door pull for ease in opening and found these nifty self stick type.
Because the paper was glued on we had to cut out around where the pull would go so it would hold. First we placed the pull where we wanted it then traced it lightly with a pencil.
Next we cut out the hole we trace, keeping inside the line a bit.
Remove the piece you cut.
Pull the back off the sticky tape on the holder.
Push the holder onto the door firmly.
Before and after.