$20 Hollow Core Bi-Fold Closet Door Makeover
- 1/4" thick, 4x8 sheet of plywood, cut into 3 1/2" strips the long way (I used this from Lowes)
- Liquid Nails
- Caulk w/Caulk Gun
- Sanding Sponge
- Wood Filler
- 6" foam roller
- 2" Angled Paint Brush
- 1/2" Angled Paint Brush
- Plastic Drop Cloth
- Painter's Tape
- New Hardware (knob or pull)
- Miter Saw
- Brad Nailer with 1" finishing nails
- Tape Measure
- A Second Pair of Hands (I used my trusty husband)
- A very nice employee at Lowe's did this for me. Were they cut perfectly? No. But after caulk, and paint, you really couldn't see the imperfections.
- You will need about 8 strips or less.
- Note: There are two sizes to the plywood: One is more smooth, the other has knots. I used the smooth side because I didn't want the knots to show.
Step 2: Remove hardware from closet
- Remove knobs or pulls using a screwdriver or drill.
- Attach top and bottom pieces on first section of bi-fold door.
- Measure the width of the first section of the bi-fold door, then SUBTRACT 1/2". Mark and cut with a miter saw.
- The reason you want to subtract 1/2" is because you will need to leave a 1/2” gap from the edge of the door. If you don’t, your closet door will not open properly.
- Stick plywood to the bottom of the closet, making sure you leave that 1/2" gap on the edge. Use a level to make sure it is...well, level.
- Hold in place while your partner uses a brad nailer to secure in place. We used a nail about every 3 inches.
- Repeat these steps for the top of the closet.
|Sweat pants recommended.|
Step 4: Attach long side piece
- Measure the space in between the top and bottom pieces and cut plywood the correct length (tip: Cut a little bit longer than you need, hold the piece of plywood up to closet, and mark the excess that needs to be cut off).
- Attach third piece of plywood using liquid nails, nailer, and level.
**Follow these same steps for the second section of the closet.
Step 5: Attach the middle paneling
- Use a tape measure to measure top-to-bottom and mark the center of your closet.
- This is where your middle panel piece will go.
- Then, measure from the bottom to the middle piece and mark the center.
- This is where your lower bottom panel piece will go.
- Measure from the middle piece to the top and mark the center.
- This is where your upper panel piece will go.
- Figure out how long your plywood pieces need to be and cut with a miter saw.
- Attach plywood to the first section of your closet.
- Repeat for the second section.
Here is a visual of the order I applied the pieces:
**Follow these same steps for the other bi-fold door, making sure to the leave another 1/2" gap along the outer edge.
Step 6: Cover nail holes with wood filler
Step 7: Sand Surface
- Sand surface and nail holes until smooth.
- Note: This plywood is NOT high quality. It splinters like crazy. Be careful when sanding not to destroy it.
Step 8: Caulk
- Caulk around all edges so no gaps are visible.
Step 9: Prime
- Tape the closet frame with painters tape and protect floor with a drop cloth.
- Prime the surface.
- I used a 6" foam roller and a 2" angled brush to cut in on the edges. The foam roller was especially effective on the plywood, which has a pretty rough surface.
- Allow to dry, then prime again.
|One coat of primer.|
Step 10: Paint
- Apply using a foam roller and a 2" angled paint brush to cut in on the edges.
- I used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, my favorite paint color of all time. It is also the color of the walls in this room. I swear it looks good in any room, with any lighting, and it stays gray on the walls.
- Use the smaller angled paint brush to paint the 1/2" gap on both edges of the closet.
- Allow to try, and apply a second coat.
|Sherwin Williams Repose Gray|
Step 11: Attach New Hardware
- Hardware on bi-fold doors must go near the center of each door. This allows the door to open and shut properly.
- Drill holes using saw and a drill bit about the same size as your screw.
- I used these cute little T-Bar handle pulls, which I found for bulk on Amazon for a decent price.
|Oil-rubbed bronze T-bar handle pull.|
Step 12: Admire Your New 4-Panel Closet Doors
- Doesn't it look expensive?
- Not bad for less than $20 in plywood and some leftover primer and paint!
|This makes me happy.|