Thursday, March 6, 2014


I know a lot of people have those plain flat not so attractive bi-fold doors in their homes, am I right? I do, one of which is seen in the main part of my house from all rooms. My kitchen pantry door. Where there once were pulls on these doors now remained two very large holes from opening and closing the door so many times, the pulls literally created holes, then one day they just fell out. So instead of buying new doors I came up with a way to make them pretty and reattach some new pulls. 

First I measured my doors length and width, then determined how many feet of trim I would need, I needed around 63 feet but wanted to make sure I had a little extra just in case I made a mistake. I hate having to go back to the hardware store mid project because I ran out of something, so by buying five 16 footers I would have extra. 

I picked up some 2 1/4 inch MDF trim x 5, total cost $21.00.

I started at the top and measured the left side of the left hand door, but left an 1/2 inch gap closest to the wall so that the trim wouldn't hit the wall when the door opens. I made my first cut with my chop saw, put some wood glue on the back and stuck it on, My brad nailer was giving me issues so I used a clamp to hold the first one on until I got it working. 

Sorry for the weird shadows, it was really dark and gloomy on this day..

I did the same step for the next piece, it going right next to this one at the top on the same door. Then I measured length wise taking off  2 1/4 inches from the measurement (for the bottom trim piece), glued then nailed in. I repeated this process until both doors were trimmed out, remembering to leave that 1/2 inch gap on the right side door, like you did on the left, next to the wall so it doesn't interfere with opening the door.

Next up are the pieces that go in the middle of the trim you just attached. You can make any design you would like two pieces of trim in the middle to make three insets or 4 or 5 whatever tickles your fancy. I wanted five insets so I had to cut eight pieces of trim per door. I recommend measuring for each piece of trim, they will have a slight variance.

After all the trim is on I starting using wood filler to fill in all the nail holes and seams, let that dry, sand it and its ready to be painted!

Sorry for the TERRIBLE pics couldn't get a good one to save my life!

I Love the details it added to this plain old door! This was super easy and didn't take a lot of time to do and it only cost me $21.00, now I wanna trim out every door and cabinet in my house!

Oh and I have two options for the pulls:

This one...

Or this one..

The first option is a vintage set of pulls I have had for a while, I don't really dig the green back round so I think I am gonna try and paint it a different color, and then choose. After I choose I will get a better after pic for you (come on sun shine already).

If you guys have any questions for me on how to do this just let me know, I am off to see what other doors and cabinets need some loving, after I decide on the pulls and attach them, gotta finish this one first! Have a Great Day!!

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