Sometimes you paint a room, move the closet door to another room while you paint around it, a dog chases a cat and runs into said closet door, knocks it to the floor, and a project is born! No? That’s never happened to you?! Hmmm…maybe that’s not usually how projects are born! But it’s exactly how this one started! One day I decided to paint our daughter’s room. It was bright gold/yellow (see pic below) from when she was a baby and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. It was just so blaring-ly loud every time I went in there, we needed a change. So, I painted it, but I had to take the closet door off to paint around it since it doesn’t have any trim. See? I leaned the door up in the dining room and had this eerie feeling that something bad might happen to it, but I did it anyway. It was in a high traffic area, but apparently I didn’t really care at the time. Well, my brother had his puppy over for the first time during all of this and I’m pretty sure he had never seen a cat before because when he saw the cat, he immediately took off after it. A chase ensued through the living room and into the dining room where Mr. Puppy slid around the table and right into the closet door! The crash to the floor seemed to happen in slow motion! But I knew exactly what had happened when I heard it. I picked the door up off the floor and saw that the door had fallen on the handle and being a hollow core door, the handle just smashed right up inside of the door creating a nice little hole! It wasn’t really what I was hoping for that day, but it actually was exactly what I needed! My brother offered to buy us a new door, but I told him to wait on it…I had an idea! I had been wanting to update our doors for a while now. We painted them all white a couple years ago which did wonders for the look of our house. But they still majorly lacked personality. And since doors can get expensive really fast, a DIY project was more our speed if we ever wanted to give them that personality they so badly needed. This was the perfect opportunity to try it out since this door was going to be trash if we did nothing with it anyway. Here’s what the door (and room) looked like before. …and with the hole… Just plain white. Super boring. The doors matched the floors (which have also been redone) before we painted them white. You can just imagine how orange our house was when we bought it! Anyway, since the hole in the door was right where the handle was, it made our style decision easy for us. We went with a two-panel look that gives it so much more personality, but still fits into our 1950s home. The process was relatively easy. Here is what the door looked like once the paneling was on. We positioned the middle board right over the hole, so you’d never know it was there. It covered it perfectly. It was a little trickier being a bifold door, but we left it all hinged together and it worked out just fine. I won’t go into detail here about how we did it all, but if you’re interested in the process, you can see how we’ve paneled similar doors HERE. I feel like we’ve really gotten in a groove of building these, which is why it was so easy for us to put this one together. And the end result is SO worth it! I went with Urbane Bronze (by Sherwin Williams) instead of white. I just thought it would be the perfect contrast to the room, and I think I was right! I love the dark gray, don’t you?! We decided that since this project went so well and that it really added so much personality on such a small budget, we’re going to do this treatment to all of our interior doors. The room doors will get the same look, but will stay white…and the closet doors will all be gray. I think with how small our home is, dark gray doors throughout the whole house might get overwhelming! I’m working on a room door right now, so I’ll show you how that turned out soon. I’m darn excited about all of this, to be honest. I think it’s just what our house needed to give it a little more style. And the fact that it doesn’t cost much money is a huge bonus!