I Love French Doors.
Lets be honest for a minute…french doors are beautiful but they also can be very expensive. With a busy toddler, glass french doors aren’t happening for a while. But we still were able to add some charm and function with some faux-ish french doors to the pantry.
Lets talk bi-fold doors. Bi-fold doors are popular because, they are economically friendly. However, they are sometimes a pain. I remember my parents putting in bi-folds when they renovated their home, adding an addition that tripled the size of their small, two bedroom ranch. The doors worked great for the space. However, the doors constantly popped off the rails, the doors were a pain to open and close, and were complicated to work around if you needed something around the corner.
What if I told you that you could make french doors out of an inexpensive bi-fold door? Yes, you can and yes, we did. With a small budget we have learnt to get creative with every inch of our kitchen renovation. We’ve worked slow but, we are making sure that we do things right. This is just one of the countless DIY improvements we have made.
Here is how we did it and what you’ll need to do the same.
4-6 Door Hinges (more hinges the larger the door)
Coordinating Screws for Hinges, if not included in hinge kit
Hardware (Knobs or Handles)
Electric Drill with Drill-bit for starting wholes and coordinating bit for screws
***Double check your measurements of the door frame and the actual bi-fold door before purchase.
1. Divide the bi-fold. If already installed, un-install and proceed to unscrew the sections where the two pieces fold. Feel free to set any tracking aside, it is no longer needed.
2. I recommend filling holes, sanding, and painting while doors are not installed.
3. Measure where you would like to place your hinges. The larger the door the more support needed. We used two on each panel, but if the doors were larger we would add another on each side. Make sure all your hinges are level with each other. Mark with pencil for drilling.
4.Install hinges first on door then on the door frame, attaching doors to the wall. Use a drill-bit to start the wholes before adding screws.
5. Install desired hardware.
6. Touch up paint, if needed. Enjoy. Your doors should be ready to use.
I hope you found this little tutorial helpful in your own home improvement endeavors! Please, let me know if you have questions, ideas, or if you found this tutorial helpful. Comment below, SHARE with your friends on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, and other social media channels! Now, go make your day beautiful!