When I found half-louvered wood bi-fold doors at a yard sale, I snapped them up planning to install them on my master bedroom closet.
Instead of using the bi-fold track, I decided to install them on hinges attached to the trim around the closet opening.
I used T-hinges (my favourite hinge!) to hang the doors to the door frame. Then I painted the hinges in the same colour as the trim and doors to hide them. I left the bi-fold hinges intact so that I could fold the doors neatly to the side of the opening if I chose to. The way I move furniture around this place, who knows how much room I may have to open these doors in the future!
If you want true French doors, you can use mending braces across the top and bottom of each set of doors - you won't see these braces at all because they're located on the edges not across the front. The mending brace looks like this:
You lay the brace across the break in the two panels and use two screws on one panel and two on the other panel at both the top and bottom of the panels. Then they move as one unit.
I covered the old bi-fold track with a 1x4 plank nailed over the top of it, leaving enough space for the new doors to fit within the frame. Then I attached magnets to the 1x4.
Metal plates are attached to the tops of the new doors with screws.
Now I have easy access to my closet and storage on the backs of the doors as well.
And my closet seems HUGE now too. Extra bonus for when I decide to sell!
This is what the old closet doors looked like (and my old bedroom decor, too)
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!