Bye Bye-Fold Doors! Shiplap Inspired Closet Door Makeover.

Shabby Paints
by Shabby Paints
4 Materials
40 Minutes

When your budget gets changed because your husband thinks a new floor is more important than sliding barn doors you get creative with what you have.

I’m not going to talk bad about these louvered bi-fold doors, since there are lots still in use. It’s not that they are ugly but good grief they are a pain to clean and didn’t fit my new farmhouse inspired Prayer/Workout room.

How I made my closet doors fit “my style”.

Tools: Chop saw, tape measure and hot glue gun (don't skimp, the cheap ones don't last).

Supplies: Dated bi-fold doors, V-groove pine boards (Lowes), lots of glue sticks, caulk and your favorite Paints color.

Measure the slat opening, from left to right and cut your pine board to fit. Start at the bottom, tongue side up. Apply hot glue on any surface the first board will touch and hold into place for about 15 seconds. Then apply glue to the first boards tongue and on the next few slats. Then slide the groove side onto the tongue of the first board and press down for 15 seconds. Repeat until your doors are covered. (see short video)

Use caulk to fill in any gaps around the edges and prep for paint.

I used:

Shabby Paints Snow White over the pine slats to match the rest of the door then painted everything Licorice (black) then distressed.

Add your favorite hardware and enjoy your beautiful work.

Happy Happy Happy

Bye Old Closet Doors.

Cut boards to cover Louvers.

Painted Pine boards White to match the rest of the door.

Painted Licorice (Black) then distressed.

Farmhouse Style closet doors.

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  • Patricia Parker Patricia Parker on Dec 11, 2018

    My bi-fold doors are metal. Do you think it would work on those?

  • Kristin Hendricks Morgan Kristin Hendricks Morgan on Dec 16, 2018

    What did you distress them with and did you seal the doors with anything when the painting and distressing were complete?

  • Betty Sutton Smith Betty Sutton Smith on Dec 16, 2018

    Could you just buy a sheet of luber to fit the whole sides of the doors then paint them the color of your choice ???.

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  • Mimi Mimi on Feb 23, 2020

    some rooms/closets etc. need ventilation from louvers.

    • Gennel Gennel on Apr 28, 2020

      I think you could use 2 nickels for proper spacing between shiplap panels, which should allow for adequate ventilation.

  • Gennel Gennel on Apr 28, 2020

    I think I'd like these in white, more like typical farmhouse style. I love this idea, though. Thanks for sharing it.