DIY Bi-Fold to French Doors in Master

I recently gave the master floors a refresh with some peel and stick floor tile. One thing led to another and I decided to modify our closet doors.

I went inside the closet and unscrewed the hinge brackets.

Once the bi-folds are separated they open independently like French doors.

You are all set on the stationary side but need a top pivot bracket and piece for the floor to hold the pin as well on the opposing side. Remove the top/bottom hardware then replace with a spring loaded pin at the top and adjustable peg at the bottom.

They sell bi-fold repair kits which I bought but it didn’t include the top pivot bracket that I needed those. It has *almost* everything you need. Sigh.

I had to go to all 3 hardware stores in town to find 3 (one of ours was broken) top pivot brackets but prevailed! I had to unscrew the metal track from the door frame to slide in the new top pivot bracket then reattach it.

You have sooooooo many options at this point. I brought them to the living room and brainstormed….

Paint the doors? Or Reface them like my bi-fold to shiplap French door project? Hmmmm.

See blog for details on shiplap doors over at

I chose to paint the insides as a surprise and leave the exterior white and bright. The insides had never been painted so I gave them a quick coat of white paint.

I love the wall paper here in this nursery photo but didn’t want to spend $100 to wallpaper the inside of the master bedroom closet doors that no one sees….except internet friends…. or real close friends who inquire🤣.

I lined up the doors and started winging it. Less thinking and louder music created softer peonies! Lol.

I purchased 4 new 12″ handles at Lowe’s for an update. The handles were the most expensive part of the update. Patched the old hole and installed the new hardware.

Voila! Bi-folds converted to French doors.

Special floral detail only shows when the doors are open or when I’m in my closet and can’t figure out what to wear (which happens a lot)!

Hope this gives you an idea or two for converting closet doors!


About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

I am customizing our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so every detail is curated to create our FOREVER home. I've worked on many homes of our own and client's home so there is plenty of inspirational for all home sizes and styles here. There are tutorial blogs for DIY projects to recipes- this blog is all things HOME. I hope you will join me and find inspiration here.

6 Responses

  1. Desperate Craft Wife

    It was a fun update to the usual bifolds. I love seeing the flowers on the inside of the doors!

  2. Desperate Craft Wife

    It had been a while since I painted flowers but they came together once I got warmed up😊

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