Do you love the look of a rustic barn door? Here is how easy it is to use paint and wood slats to give your existing bifold doors a barn door look!
We’re moving right along with our guest bedroom makeover! Today we’re sharing with you our bi-fold barn doors!
Well, technically they are faux barn doors, but I think you get the gist. Take a look at this simple and effective project!
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Creating Bi-Fold Faux Barn Doors
Part of our nursery makeover was to do the bi-fold doors in that room. We went for kind of a modern slatted look for those doors.
We also built a sliding barn door in our bedroom!
How we did it – bifold barn doors
We used the same technique on these doors as we did on the nursery doors. They are standard, flat panel hollow core doors.
Using 1 1/2″ wide, 1/4″ thick wooden slats, we framed out the doors.
We wanted it to look like two doors coming together, so we framed the left doors and right doors as their own pieces.
We used a nail gun to attach the pieces in place.
Be sure to use a level during this process so you do not end up with crooked lines.
Next, we added slats across the middle of the doors. Note we had to have a cut in the middle where the doors bend.
This process involved a lot of measuring, testing, and then slightly cutting off half an inch or so and repeating. Believe it or not, the doors are all slightly different in size and it makes a difference on the slats.
Finally, we cut diagonal slats from the corners to the middle of the doors. When pushed together, they form a large X.
Use your nail gun to nail these slats into place.
We used wood filler in all the nail holes and seams, then painted everything white.
We used a brush to do this painting, since the walls were already done, but you can also use a paint sprayer! Paint sprayers take just a few minutes to do the whole door.
*hot tip* if your door is already painted – it can be even easier if you pre-paint the slats before hanging them on the doors.
We didn’t do this obviously but it wasn’t super easy to paint some of the edges and having them pre-painted we would have only had to do touch ups!
Last step was to add some new knob hardware to replace the big wide white knobs.
We selected kitchen knobs – actually left over from our kitchen cabinets! However, you could also use a pull, cup, or even door knob style knob.
Fun fact – your door might be thicker than the knob was intended for (if you use a cabinet knob). No problem, just use a longer screw!
You make your call, but we think these bi-fold barn doors look amazing! Such an easy DIY project with a big impact!
Here’s another idea for updating bifold doors with a more traditional look.
If you try this project – please tag us on social media! We would love to see it.
It's easy to give boring, plain bi-fold doors a barn door look!
- 1.5"x0.25" slats
- Wood filler
- White paint
- 2 knobs
- Brad nailer
- Paint brush
- Painters Tape
- Use slats to frame each pair of doors, with cuts on the boards for each single door within the pair. Hang using brad nailer.
- Add horizontal slats on middle of doors.
- Hold up diagonal slats. Use a pencil to mark angles and cuts. Make cuts and hang.
- Use wood filler to fill all gaps and nail holes.
- Sand wood filler and wipe clean.
- Paint white. We did 2 coats.
- Add new hardware.
Sand all pieces after cutting before hanging
Hey there, I’m Sean, the woodworking enthusiast and builder behind CharlestonCrafted.com! Since 2012, I’ve been sharing the magic of turning raw materials into beautiful creations. I love teaching others the art and satisfaction of woodworking and DIY. I try to inspire fellow crafters to make something extraordinary out of nothing at all.