Sharing all the tips & tricks of this easy closet door makeover & how we changed our bi-fold door to a hinged door in 1 day on a budget!
Our broken bi-fold doors in our large upstairs closet had to go! We gave our bi-fold closet door a makeover along with adding some DIY built in shelves & a hanging bar.
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DIY Bi-Fold Closet Door Makeover – Turning a Bi-Fold Closet Door to Hinged Closet Door
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Step by Step Instructions for How to Change Bi-Fold Closet Doors to Hinged Closet Door Makeover
Bi Fold Closet Door Makeover Before
Our bi-fold closet doors were broken & almost impossible to open & close.
This hallway closet also had no hanging bars or built in shelves making storage really difficult.
Step ONE – Demo Taking out the Broken Bi-Fold Doors, Trim & Baseboard
The first thing we did was take off the broken bi-fold doors & 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.
Step TWO – How to Make a Frame for the New Doorway of our Closet Door Makeover
Jason framed out a new doorway so the old bi-fold doors would fit in our new closet door makeover.
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.
Step THREE – Adding More Storage with Built in 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 & have a spot to put his shoes.
We also added a metal hanging bar from our previous master closet to hang Jason’s clothes on.
Step FOUR – Priming & Painting the Inside of the Closet White
We primed and painted the inside of the closet white to brighten up everything for this closet door makeover.
Our new closet door makeover adds so much storage that I am not sure Jason will EVER have enough clothes to fill his closet!
Step FIVE – Cutting the Closet Doors Lengthwise to Fit the New Closet Doorway
Before rehanging our new hinged closet doors, 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.
Step SIX – 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.
Closet Door Makeover After
The doors fit great and I love the handles and hinges we added to our bi-fold closet door makeover.
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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Wow, that’s a beautiful transformation!
Thank you Carolann!
Tara I love what you did! Beautiful hallway. What is the name of the color in the hallway?
Thanks so much for stopping by Baronica! The color we used is Sherwin Williams Kestral White
You and your husband did a fabulous job. We have bi-folding doors that alway getting of the track. I hate that about them. We need to try doing to our doors what you did here. In love the way they look. Excellent job!
Good luck changing out your bi-fold doors Ivory! It really makes a big difference!
This is a lovely project. Question- for the center 2×4 how did you secure it to the floor?
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out how we made over our closet door makeover Susan. We secured the 2 by 4 with screws in the front and back of the 2×4 angled into the floor. The front screw is then covered by the piece of trim on top of the 2×4.
Beautiful! Do you have link to the door handles? Thank you!
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out how we changed our bi-fold closet doors Noel! Unfortunately, I do not have a link to the handles. I think they were purchased at Home Depot!