Ideas + Tutorials to Update Flat and Bifold Doors
If you live in an older home, odds are that you have plenty of 70’s and 80’s style doors — nice and flat. And purchasing inexpensive new doors adds up — because you can’t replace just ONE door! So instead of replacing, how about refacing? We’ve got over 40 ways for you to update flat and bifold doors that are occupying your doorways and closets.
One thing to remember: many of these projects will add bulk and weight to the door, so you may need to adjust the casing and interior trim like Jenna showed in the middle of this post and if the door is heavier, you may also need to upgrade the hinges, like April shows you how to do here. And bifold doors can quickly and easily be turned into French doors — just follow the second half of this tutorial!
Using Trim to Update Doors — Lots of Different Styles!
Using carved molding and/or flat trim to update doors makes for a fairly quick, simple, and inexpensive update to a flat door. And the style is limited only by your imagination!
But you can use any combination, any style… and you can test any of these out by using painter’s tape on the door to make sure it’s balanced and looks like you want! And just a note… some of these are shown unfinished so you can easily see the design. Be sure to click over to each site for the finished look and details on how they did it!
6 panel design on bifold closet doors | Little Green Notebook
basic 4 panel style | Sunnyside Up-Stairs
standard 6-panel layout | Home Made Modern
craftsman style door and trim | Hammer Like A Girl
(tutorial is for the trim, but the salvaged door style could be DIYed, too)
black 3 panel door | via Babble
evenly spaced rectangle 4-panel door | For the Love of It
board and batten style, on extra tall doors | Vintage Revivals
4-panel bifold closet doors | Burlap and Tin
And any of these could be changed up by adding a second layer of trim for extra texture — via Our Old Abode
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