Cherry-Tree Patterned Closet Doors

Turn basic closet doors into works of art by adding a large custom design.

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The cherry-tree pattern is transferred onto a piece of luan, then cut out, stained and fasten to the closet doors.

Materials and Tools:

fabric with cherry tree print or any big pattern
one sheet of 1/4” luan
two hollow-core 1-3/8” luan doors
white pickling stain
dark-brown wood stain
3” paintbrush
door clips/wheels for closet track
wood glue
Brad nail gun and 1” Brad nails
utility knife
jig saw with woodcutting blade
drill with Phillips bit
air compressor


1. Lay the fabric on top of the 1/4” luan.

Scoring the pattern onto the luan.

2. With a utility knife, carefully trace the pattern onto the fabric. Make sure to press hard enough to score the luan underneath.

3. Remove the fabric from the luan and verify that the pattern from the fabric is scored on the luan.

4. Use the jig saw and cut along the lines/score marks on the luan, cutting out the entire pattern.

Lay pattern on the door.

5. Stain the cut-out pattern, make the edges a little bit darker for more of a contrast.

6. Stain the closet doors with the pickling stain. Use the pickling stain as you would any other stain — brush it on and wipe it off with a clean rag. Make sure you have an even coat. The pickling stain will give it a distressed look.

7. Lay the cherry-tree pattern on top of the closet doors.

Fastening pattern to the doors.

8. Use a nail gun to mount the pattern on the closet doors.

9. Apply a clear coat to the luan and the closet doors.

10. Attach the hardware to the top of the closet doors.

11. Hang your doors in the closet track.

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