By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Mirror, mirror on the door … That doesn't sound right, but actually, it's a stylish way to make a dramatic change in a room with a closet. Instead of boring flat door panels you can take advantage of the reflective quality of mirrors and enhance the room while at the same time make the space appear larger and provide a convenient way to check appearances.
A carpenter will charge $704 to remove the old door panels and hardware and install a new high end 5-foot-wide sliding bypass mirror closet door and operating hardware. If you have some carpentry experience, you can do the job for $600, the cost of the unit, and save 15 percent. It's a job you can do in a few hours and requires only a few tools: tape measure, Phillips screwdriver and a drill with bits. The job involves these steps: removing the old door and its hardware, installing the new roller hardware at the top of the door opening and on the floor, and then inserting the door panels between the tracks. Usually some minor adjustments are needed to the roller hardware that holds the door in the overhead tracks to compensate for a door frame that is not perfectly square.
While you can replace the doors of a closet without removing what's inside, you'll find it's easier to work on the hardware by removing anything on the floor near it so you can move around it.
You'll find a wide selection of styles - some framed in wood, others in a range of finishes including white, pearl, gray and brass - sold at home, bathroom and design centers.