Our broken bi-fold doors in our large upstairs closet had to go! We gave our bi-fold closet door a makeover. Sharing all the tips & tricks of this closet door makeover & how we changed our bi-fold door to a hinged door in 1 day.
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DIY Bi-Fold Closet Door Makeover- Bi-Fold to Hinged Door
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Instructions for How to Change Bi-Fold Doors to Hinged Doors
The closet also had some broken freestanding shelves in it that we used to store our linens, toiletries, and suitcases.
Taking out the Broken Bi-Fold Doors, Trim & Baseboard
The first thing we did was take off the broken bi-fold doors and disassemble the shelves.
The trim around the old doors and baseboard had to go too.
We also pulled up the dirty carpet and laid down these beautiful unfinished wide pine floors to match the ones we added to our master bedroom.
How to Make a Frame for the New Doorway
Next Jason framed out a new doorway so the old bi-fold doors would fit.
He added a 2 by 4 to the middle of the doorway to have a place to screw the hinges to.
He also lowered the header so the doors would cover the space completely & not leave any weird gaps or openings above or below our new closet doors.
Adding More Storage with Shelves to the Inside of the Closet
Jason also added 2 long shelves to the top and the bottom of the closet to store more clothes and have a spot to put his shoes.
He really doesn’t like putting his clothes away so I have a feeling he plans to just throw all his clothes on these shelves so he doesn’t have to 🙂
We also added a metal hanging bar from our previous master closet to hang Jason’s clothes on.
Priming & Painting the Inside of the Closet White
We primed and painted the inside of the closet white.
I am not sure Jason will ever have enough clothes to fill his closet 🙂
Cutting the Closet Doors Lengthwise to Fir the New Closet Doorway
Jason zipped off about an 1/8 inch off of each to door to allow the hinges to fit so they could close properly.
After sanding down the many layers of paint we brought the new closet doors back in to see how they would fit.
Painting the Closet Doors & Adding the New Hinges
After putting 3 layers of paint on the doors Jason added the hinges and we screwed them to the door frames.
The doors fit great and I love the handles and hinges we added to our bi-fold closet door makeover.
If you want to read more about how we refinished our farmhouse stairs you can check that out HERE.
I am pretty excited to have this hallway and bi-fold closet door makeover done. I know we will always have some project we want to do in our old farmhouse but it feels great to check this project off the list!
If you have broken or just ugly & old bi-fold doors at home, I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to give them a Closet Door makeover.
by Tara Lehman
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