Bi-fold Closet Doors Makeover

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Do your closet doors need a makeover?

Closet doors can really drag a room down, but they are important for covering over the craziness that usually inhabits one’s closet.

For years, the closet doors in our master bedroom remained non-existent and the closets were one of the worst eye sores in the house, at least in my opinion.

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The biggest problem was that my husband and I could. not. come to an agreement on what to do. I really wanted to be elegant and feel more like an armoire than some cheapo closet doors.

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He was concerned that two doors opening up like an armoire wouldn’t be able to swing wide enough with our nightstands. As it turned out, we moved our bed under the chandelier and there is plenty of room to open the doors.

But, you know me, the furniture will be rearranged soon enough, so I am glad he stood his ground. He is definitely the practical one in the marriage.

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled 7 Custom Closet Door Ideas and you gave SUCH great feedback. We ended up settling on a “four door” set up, which actually means two bifold doors and dressed them up a bit.

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I love the look of lockers all in a row, so taking my inspiration from them, decided to place the knobs (from my card catalog nightstand) in two sets to create the illusion of smaller side by side doors.

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Here’s the run down on just how we did it. . .


  • 2 Bi-fold Closet Doors per closet– we found 3 of ours on Craigslist and had to trim them down and buy hardware. NOTE- you have about 1/2 ” on either side with a bi-fold that you can trim down before you hit the hollow core. Also, deduct 1/2″ from your closet opening measurements in order to accommodate the trim work you will add on the front of the doors.
  • Trim- You may need to custom cut your trim, but you will want strips of wood that are 1 1/2″ wide and 3/4″ deep.
  • Finish Nailer and nails
  • Spackle
  • Red Putty
  • Sandpaper- 220 grit
  • Primer
  • Caulk
  • Paint- I’m using Rescue Restore Paint in Paris Flea Market and I needed 3 quarts for the whole project
  • Finishing Waxif using chalk or milk paint. I used clear.
  • One more piece of trim- to cover the hardware at the very top and paint to match your wall color. We used scrap pieces of MDF cut to size.
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  • Once you have your correct bifold doors and hardware, you need to cut the right amount of trim.
  • Nail the trim to the front of the doors with your finish nailer. (The crossbars are positioned 33” from the floor.)
  • Install hardware and doors. (The knobs at 36″ from the floor.)
  • Then, add the trim piece above the doors to cover the exposed hardware.
  • Fill the nail holes with spackle first, then with red putty and sand when dry. This will give your doors a really smooth finish where the nail holes are.
  • Prime your doors and let dry.
  • Now caulk all the seams and let the caulk dry overnight.
  • Finish with one or two coats of paint (I used two) and once dry, seal with a finishing wax, as needed.
  • Finally, paint the top trim piece to match your wall color.
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  1. Pat
    February 19, 2019 / 5:54 PM

    These bi~fold closet doors are so~o~o elegant!
    I love the detail and the trim!
    Thank you for inspiring even the most utilitarian items of our homes to obtain a Timeless Classic appeal.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 26, 2019 / 11:30 PM

      Oh Pat, I’m so pleased that you love them, I can tell we are kindred spirits! xoxo

  2. Gail Williams
    July 17, 2019 / 6:25 PM

    Isn’t it so frustrating when you want to get a job done but cannot decide on what direction to go but you did it! I loo00ve the end result. Your bedroom looks so dreamy, thank you for sharing. I’m so glad I found your blog and youtube channel – it nourishes my soul. Much appreciation from New Zealand.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 31, 2019 / 10:05 PM

      Awww, Gail, you just made my day! Bless you.

  3. Debbie
    March 20, 2020 / 5:01 AM

    I was fortunate enough to find your vlog on you tube and immediately subscribed…I agree with Gail, your inspiration nourishes my soul as well…thank you for sharing your home and life with us..God bless

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 1, 2020 / 3:05 AM

      Aww, you are the sweetest. Thank you for being a breath of fresh air on YouTube.

  4. Ava
    May 2, 2020 / 3:27 PM

    Did you have any trouble with the pivot points at the top and bottom of the door bending from the weight? We did a similar project to customize our bifold door and it leans now from the weight. Trying to find a solution. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

  5. Amanda
    June 27, 2020 / 12:05 PM

    These are beautiful doors. I was wondering how high up your middle slat is and how tall your doors are? Trying to get an idea of the proportions of the top panel to the lower panel. Thanks.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 22, 2020 / 9:11 PM

      Amanda, The crossbars are at 33” and the knobs at 36″!

    • Jennifer
      March 2, 2021 / 6:36 AM

      Hi! I am currently doing 2 sets of these doors and am running into an issue with the knob now that I have added the extra trim…how did you make that work? The hardware that came w my knobs doesn’t go thru the whole width of the door plus the extra trim.

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        March 11, 2021 / 1:47 PM

        I would take the hardware with you to your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc and ask for help getting longer screws in the same thread pattern and width! Good luck!

  6. Bryce
    December 17, 2020 / 6:45 AM

    Thanks for this post. Do you have the measurements? I would like to know the height you placed the horizontal trim at and the height of the knob because these look perfect. Thank you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 22, 2020 / 9:11 PM

      Hi Bryce,
      The crossbars are at 33” and the knobs at 36″!

  7. Tina S
    January 20, 2021 / 7:03 PM

    Sarah what would you recommend for louvered bifold doors? We have good quality doors but they are “cherry” wood stained and definitely not the direction I am going!

  8. Taylor Udenberg
    March 30, 2021 / 8:30 AM

    Love this! Can you specify which direction you trimmed down; was it the front and back of the doors or the sides? If possible, could you also post a link of what wood pieces you used for this? I can’t seem to find strips of wood 1.5″ wide and 0.75″ thick. Thanks!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      April 18, 2021 / 9:31 PM

      We only trim the front sides of the doors and just use the closest size you can find to the wood we used. It will still look good! I promise!

  9. Melisa
    March 3, 2022 / 6:41 AM

    Sarah I just love this design so much thank you for sharing. Looks so fresh rich all together …

    I am to redo all my doors in the new property I’m buying… as none of them are matching haha. I was wondering what is your main bedroom door style.. to have an idea of what style matches with this one.

    Thank you 🙂

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