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Alicia W
Alicia W
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  • Middletown, PA

Adding Moulding To Closet Doors

4 Materials
$15
1 Days
Easy

If you have a home with boring, brown bi-fold doors....I’ve got a way to make them boring no more!
adding moulding to closet doors
I am in the middle of making over my sister’s bedrooms and each of the bedrooms have hollow core bi-fold doors. As you can see, they need a little TLC.
adding moulding to closet doors
I began by removing the doors and plastic knobs that were attached to the middle of the inside door.
I filled the hole with wood fill and sanded it smooth.
adding moulding to closet doors
I primed and painted each door with a flat white paint.
adding moulding to closet doors
Once the doors were dry, it was time to add the moulding.
A-I began by measuring 6” from the top of the door, drawing a line at that measurement. Then I measured 36” from that line and drew another line.
I measured 2” in from each edge and using a speed square I connected all of the lines making a rectangle.
B-From the bottom of the door, I measured up 6” and drew a line, then measured 25” from that line and drew another line. I measured in 2” from each side and using the speed square I connected all of the lines making a rectangle.
I measured and drew the rectangles on each of the doors.
adding moulding to closet doors
Using 1/2 round moulding, I measured and cut each piece at a 45 degree angle using my miter saw.
I glued and nailed each piece in place.
adding moulding to closet doors
Once each door was framed out, I primed the moulding with flat white.
Once that was dry, I painted each door with a semi-gloss white.
adding moulding to closet doors
Once the paint was dry, I rehung the doors.
To add new hardware,
A-I measured down 3” from the bottom of the top rectangle and in 4” from the inside edge of the door.
B-Using my handle as a guide, I placed the first hole of the handle at my mark. I then marked on the door where the second hold of the handle would be placed. I measured this mark to make sure that it was 3” from the bottom of the top rectangle.
adding moulding to closet doors
On this marks, I drilled through the door. Because these are hollow core doors, I made sure my hole went through to the back side of the door.
adding moulding to closet doors
A-I threaded my screw through the backside to the front of the door,
B-placed the handle at the hole and screwed the handle fast to the door.
adding moulding to closet doors
What an inexpensive and quick way to change the look of a room.
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3 of 16 questions
  • Patricia Smith
    on Apr 15, 2018

    How can you make over bi-fold closet doors that are metal? I love this idea. teddybear958@comcast.net

    • Alicia W
      on Apr 16, 2018

      Hi Patricia. Yes Erin and Cook P are correct. You can do the exact same thing but use construction glue (liquid nails) to glue everything in place.

  • E B
    on Apr 15, 2018

    What is the blue paint color in the room? Love it! Also love the doors and want to try! Thank you!

  • Heather
    on Apr 17, 2018

    How to know if I can replace bedroom closet doors to thus bi fold closet door?

    • Karen Hyde
      on Apr 20, 2018

      Measure the size of the current doors and the actual size of the space and head to the store, find someone in the door section-someone who looks like they've done a project or two-and tell them what you want to do. It should only depend on whether the size of doors you need are available.

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  • Alv33085585
    on May 6, 2018

    Hi I love D.Y.I. but a lot of my friends cannot tackle this sort of work. I am beginning to think I am a bit Male!! as I love the artistic work and satisfaction of it. By the way do any of you girls find your hands hurt and swell , as a part of this discussion I have my hands have spread over the years gardening as I also tackle the paving etc. I wear gloves and find it helpful. I am 85 now and still love this work. olive


  • Itsmemic
    on May 12, 2018

    beautiful creative job...what a difference ! But phooey..now have to think about MY crummy closet doors :)

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