Before and After: Boring Bi-Fold Closet Doors Get a Custom, Colorful Redo for Only $50

published Jan 18, 2024
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When Sarah Blumer (@saynihay) was designing her colorful Pittsburgh home, she knew she wanted to lean into color, pattern, and whimsy. One easy way to do that was to take the bland, bi-fold closet doors in the nursery — a room that should be full of color, pattern, and whimsy — and completely transform them with paint and a little abstract design! Check out what she did:

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Pink paint rescues brown closet doors.

Since Sarah had a lot of bright colors left over from previous projects, she decided to use bright pink to make a feature out of the closet doors. “I hate bifold closet doors significantly less when they’re this cute,” Sarah writes on her Instagram.

She also shared on IG that the wavy paint design that softens the hard 90-degree angles was inspired by designer Sophie Colle. “Both the mural on the wall and the painted closet doors are simple but impactful DIYs,” Sarah says.

Paint projects transformed the nursery for about $50.

As suggested above, Sarah’s paint projects didn’t stop at the closet. For about $50, Sarah also painted a fun mural for her daughter’s bedroom. “I was scrolling Pinterest for mural inspiration for my daughter’s room when I came across Martcellia Liunic’s work,” Sarah describes. “Her paintings are so happy and fun, and I wanted to add some characters inspired by her work to my daughter’s room.”

As for the result? “It’s such a cheerful space!” Sarah says. ” It makes it extra sweet and special that my kid named all of the characters on the wall after members of the family.”

Painting the nursery took Sarah two weeks to complete, and she had a lot of fun doing it. Her favorite part of the room is the natural light that oozes through the windows, which likely accentuates the mural’s colors. On the other hand, Sarah’s daughter, Zadie, loves the pink chair, where she craftily convinces her parents to read her five to 10 books every night. 

If you love the colors featured in Sarah’s daughter’s room, you must see the rest of her home. Visit the full house tour on Apartment Therapy to see more. 

This post originally appeared on Cubby. See it there: Before and After: Two Boring Bi-Fold Closet Doors Get Custom, Colorful Redos For $50