Bye Bye Louvered Doors! Hello Paneled!!


Since we were tackling the rest of the dining room, we went ahead and fixed something that has bothered us from the day we moved in.  These lovely bi fold louvered doors (that the hubs promptly pulled slats out of as soon as we decided to tackle this)...  They served their purpose.  They hid our washer & dryer & all that goes with that, but they were the el cheapo special, poorly installed & crazy hard to keep clean.  With just a few simple steps, some power tools & paint you too can rid your self of these as well!


  1. With a Jig Saw, cut through the louvers in each panel.  The louvers will then fall out leaving you with something that looks like image number 2.
  2. Don't worry about these slots, they will all be covered up.
  3. Select a panel moulding & cut to size for each panel.  Line up your moulding so that the edge covers the previous slat openings.  (We used our nailgun to attach the moulding.)
  4. Flip the door around & attach flat panels cut to size within each of your new panels.  We used 8 pieces of particle board.
  5. Prime, Paint (we used a High Gloss Black for added drama) & Reinstall!
We added some old Anthro knobs we had lying around from a previous project to dress up the look a bit more...



& wouldn't you know, the same knobs are in House of Fifty's latest issue!

Mayme Baker
So loving our new accent doors & also loving the fact that the dining room is 99% DONE!!!


Ready for another sneak peek?!? It may just be my favorite project ever.  More on that this week!


Hope you all are having a fabulous Monday!

xo- K


23 comments:

  1. Ooh so curious about the next project...wood in the fireplace??
    The doors are genius too!

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  2. Wow, Kristin! What a huge change. So glamorous-I love that you used high gloss and the knobs are fantastic. Do I spy a log filled fireplace? I did one several months ago and loved loved loved it, but sadly had to pull it out about a week later. We were seeing some very unwelcome guests. :( Maybe you'll have some good pointers for me to consider! You dining room is absolutely stunning!

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  3. Shut the front door!!! So amazing girl...although, I don't expect anything less from you ;-) They look amazing, awesome job!! :)

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  4. Absolutely AMAZING!!! I can't get over the transformation! Truly, truly floored...

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  5. so happy for your 99%...ready for the big reveal!!('course, i can just walk over.....)

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  6. Wow! What a difference! It looks absolutely amazing. LOVE the gloss black!

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  7. Holy wowzer!!! What a great idea to cut out the slats! They look stunning in black and those fab knobs take it to a whole new level. I'm wondering if your newest project is the fireplace logs??

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  8. As always Kristin - I love everything you do - your talent, projects and style. This closet door transformation is just fabulous. What a major difference on the style scale.

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  9. Those doors look gorgeous. What a great idea!!

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  10. Okay this is AMAZING! What a transformation and what a great way to think outside the box! I also adore the black it makes the space feel so glam! Great Job!! =)

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  11. Beautifully done. Really fantastic idea for those old and ugly louvered doors we all need to get rid of.

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  12. So pretty! Love your new photo, too!

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  13. What a HUGE improvement! I don't know how you guys knock out so many projects so quickly! So inspiring.

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  14. Beautiful!! I love the black with those knobs - just fantastic!

    Amy

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  15. What a great transformation. The paint and hardware work beautifully for a rich finish.

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  16. LOVE this post! Our house was full of bifold louvered closet doors when we moved in and I've replaced most of them with full doors but there's not enough room for full doors in my daughters' rooms. This is a great, budget friendly solution!!!

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  17. cannot believe how much of a difference this made to the doors! looks amazing!

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  18. Your old door basically looked like a cabinet for your clothes, not really a door. But your new black, paneled door looks really pretty! And the color you've chosen gives you a distinct advantage in a sense that it’s going to be relatively easy to clean.

    Regards,
    Marla

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  19. These doors are so beautiful! We don't have any louvered doors in our house but I'm seriously considering buying some just so I can have the after look :) We have an open doorway that I'm considering this stuff for and I would copy your after look all the way, it's just perfect!

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  20. What a great idea! We have those louvered doors in our bedroom for the closets. Hate them. I think we'll follow your lead (and tutorial) and redo them! Thanks so much for the idea. :-)

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I always love feedback on what my lovely readers { like you } are thinking. Feel free to ask any questions or you can always email me at thehuntedinterior@gmail.com

K

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