We moved into our house, the first time, in January 2002. There are places in our house that I have always not loved and have thought I would fix over time. Fast forward 14 years, have we really owned this house that long, and we finally got to this project, DIY Bi-Fold to French Doors. This project was really not too difficult and didn’t cost very much money either. My favorite kind of project for sure. Right now you may be asking, why did I dislike the doors so much. My answer is this, I just did. I have an issue with bi-fold doors, especially small doors, like this pantry. Does that make me weird? I’m guessing yes, but I’m really nice, so it evens out.
This pantry is in our hallway, which is also very close to my room. This pantry is where we keep the cat food. Bi-Fold doors, at least this set, make quite a lot of noise when they are opened and closed. Who cares, right? Well, me because if our cats aren’t fed by 7am, they will break into the pantry and try to feed themselves, waking me up with the doors. Kind of annoying on a Saturday morning when I’m trying to sleep in a little bit. The other problem with these bi-fold doors is that when they were open, it was so hard to get to the whole closet and things would fall down into the door between the door and the wall.
To start with, remove the door from the track and remove all of the hardware that is on the door. Then, remove the track and hardware from the door frame.
The items below will come in handy if your doors are in bad shape and the pictures of the hardware for the new door. You will need hinges and a magnet closure.
If I had not had to have my husband’s help with the doors, I would have painted everything before we put the doors back on, but I needed his help, so I did the painting afterwards. I took a whole bunch of pictures and somehow I didn’t get one of the hinges being put on the doors. Probably because I was holding the doors in place. However, I will tell you, put the hinges on the inside of the door and then attach them to the door frame. These doors are lightweight, so we only needed two hinges per door, but if the door is heavy, use three hinges.
Next, attach the magnetic closure to the top of the closet, right in the middle of the frame. Make sure to place it where you want the doors to close to.
Attach the door side of the magnet closure to the corners of the doors.
Next is the cosmetic part of the door. As I hinted at above, the doors were not in very great shape, but I wanted to reuse them and not buy new doors. We used the inside of the bi-fold doors for the outside of the French doors. There was something crazy sticky on the door that we just couldn’t get off. I decided to use my HomeRight Heat Gun to heat up the area and scrape the glue off. It worked really quickly and did a fantastic job. I’m so happy I had it on hand. This particular heat gun has a heat range of between 120* to 1000* F. There are lots of uses for this heat gun, so you will see it in use again.
The bottom of the doors had this splintering on the edge as well. I used my sander and sanded the splintered parts of the door and the part of the door where the glue was to smooth it out as best as I could.
I also filled in the holes and splintered part with wood filler. I allowed the filler to dry, sanded over the holes, repeated the filler and sanded again. Then I painted the doors and frames white, to match the other doors in my house.
After the paint dried, I decided to put a couple of chalkboards on the inside of the doors, but not your normal chalkboards. I wanted to paint them right on the doors instead of having boards that would smack against the doors every time you open and close them. I used this Americana Chalkboard paint and Americana Red paint for the chalkboards.
I taped off the spots where I wanted the chalkboards to go. I painted the chalkboards and then outlined them in red paint. Finally, I used my Silhouette and cut out the words ‘Groceries’ and ‘Menu’ and the days of the week for the menu board. I used a sponge brush for the chalkboard paint. A tip for the brush, between coats, put it in a plastic baggie and seal it as much as possible. Then you don’t have to rinse the brush between coats.
Then, the doors are finished! Whoo Hoo! We actually did this to two Bi-Fold doors and have one more to go. I changed the knobs too, because my goal is to have all of the knobs the same kind and color. The total cost for this project was about $12 because I already had the paint and wood filler. So awesome!
Anyone want to donate some door knobs? I need 4 more. Do you have something in your house you would like to change with not too much money? Tell me about it in the comments.
I received the heat gun from HomeRight and the Chalkboard paint from Americana to use on this and other projects from the companies.