DIY Project Parade: Closet Doors – How to Turn BiFold Doors into French Doors

I love this blog day at the DIY Show Off! I finished up the bi-fold doors. Finally!  Only they’re not bi-fold doors anymore!  Woo hoo!
The doors before:

The doors after (see tips on painting shuttered doors here):

But they were still functioning as bi-fold doors. Bi-fold doors are a great space saver in hallways or for laundry rooms, but not necessary in a bedroom. I wanted them to function as French doors.  Super easy to do!

(Dressing Room Sneak Peek!)
Closets Before had curtains for a few years – I hated that wood tone that much!
How to:

The doors were installed as usual in the outer corners. (My doors only have an upper track, the bottom is held in place with a bracket in the corners on the floor – no slider on the floor.)

Remove plastic that keeps the door on track from the upper inner corner. (The upper outer one near the wall will stay in the original track, remove the other top inner plastic.) Mine look like this:

Measure where the door closes and magnetic hardware will need to be place for doors to close and catch.
Start with pilot holes.

Install metal cupboard door hardware (the ‘catch’ piece) onto the track itself, so it hangs down to meet where the magnetic piece is going to be placed on the actual door.

Attach the other piece of the magnetic cupboard door hardware to the door itself, making sure that it lines up with the metal piece on the track so it will catch and stay closed. (Mark and drill pilot holes first.)

These are perfect for keeping the closet doors closed and so easy. Best of all – it doesn’t alter the door itself so if the day comes when you want bi-fold doors again, no problem.  Repeat for all doors (4 in our case).
Stop the folding action by using mending plates:

Three on each door near the top, in the middle and on the bottom.


Drill pilot holes.


Now the doors don’t fold anymore – but can be easily turned back to bi-fold doors. Permanent for only as long as you want them to be permanent.

Door knobs are from Hobby Lobby (1/2 off of $5.99 each!!!)

Big improvement!
Since this is my dressing room, I liked the freedom to get creative.

“S” hooks make belts/scarves and accessories easy to find. {Don’t you hate forgetting what you actually do own because you can’t see it or find it?}

I love that they open out, instead of fold.  I love the new paint job and pretty knobs. And I love that my cat no longer snoozes on my sweaters, covering them in fur!
What do you think?
Similar ‘S’ hooks:
Dressing Room Reveal coming soon with tons of pictures and a few more details on how my clothing and accessories went from being crammed and sharing space with ‘boy’ clothes to having a room all their own.
Ps. We’re leaving for vacation but I’ve scheduled posts to publish along with some guest posts from some of my creative blog buddies.  Please stop by to give these ladies some DIY Show Off love while I’m away and know that if you comment, ask questions, submit features or email me…I may not get back to you right away but I’d still love to hear from you and we’ll catch up when I return (I’ve been working on another room transformation this past week and can’t wait to share it with you!)


Now – Let’s see your latest DIY project!

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8.  Visit a few other links to make some new friends, get some creative ideas and feel free to leave me a comment. I’m likely sitting here on the computer and could use a happy distraction! 


I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
Coming up early January 2012…share your best projects of 2011…
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12 Bloggers
12 Colors
12 Days of Holiday DIY
Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential
Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking
Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans
Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry
Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper
Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun
Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off
Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter
Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri
Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main
Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage
Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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The Fancy Pants and Another Gorgeous Closet Makeover

Yesterday’s closet makeover was beautiful and today I’m sharing another. Because if yesterday didn’t convince you to get organized and creative, you’ll need to see another.  It can be done!  This beauty makeover is by M.D. at 
The Fancy Pants 
Closet (room!) before was white. Stark. Uninteresting. 
Now with a little DIY power and thrifty treasures, it’s a girl’s dream closet:
Love the gallery wall with Audrey and silhouettes (shown above).
Glamorous!  I do have an empty room.  I’m torn. Craft room. Office. Guess room. Dressing room?! If I keep seeing these dream-come-true closet makeovers, I might be able to make a decision!
M.D., thanks so much for linking up your beautiful closet before and after to the DIY Project Parade!  You did a fantastic job! It’s stunning!

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Master Closet Dream Makeover

Meet:  Abbie from

Five days...5 ways
She’s the girl behind this gorgeous dreamy closet makeover you’re about to see but here’s a little more about her as well:
“We are incurable DIYers and built 95% of our house ourselves (framing, siding, floors, windows, paint, plumbing, electical…EVERYTHING; air-conditioning and kitchen cabinetry were about the only things we didn’t do, and that’s because we bartered services for them : )), and the closet is no exception with lots of fun details like a built-in shoe shelf, custom cubbies and a built-in laundry chute (yes, my hubby’s amazing!). “
Now, onto the closet.  Warning:  You’re going to be green with envy.  
(Confession:  My closet looks worse than Abbie’s before and it’s a built-in 1927 size. Waaahh.)
First step, empty!
After lots of DIY, now it’s…
Reminder:  Close your mouth. 
Another glance at the details, definitely framed mosaic worthy:
This was the $5 chandelier before:
Now it has so much charm. Unbelievably the same one!
I think if my closet was this organized, I’d remember everything I own (share that problem?). Organized accessories, shoes, jewelry, clothes. 
I know there’s a napkin in here somewhere for the “drool”…
And that’s only a sneak peek.  You have to see all of the details, DIY and great thrifty finds that went into this beautiful before and after.  Check it out at ABBIE’S CLOSET MAKEOVER BEFORE AND AFTER.
Abbie…this is such an inspiration and so amazing!  I don’t have a closet this size, but I do have an extra room right now.  Seriously inspired to turn it into a dressing room.  You’ve done an outstanding job!  Thank you so much for “showing off”!  I.Love.Every.Detail!
What do you guys think? Envious?  Inspired?  Does your closet look this dreamy?  
Don’t forget to enter to win the $100 (trying for $200) Target Gift Card Giveaway!  Imagine the closet you can organize with that?! Or how much you could FILL your closet with that?!  I can’t win it, so I’d love for you to enter for a chance! 😉 

The Mustard Ceiling

The Mustard Ceiling

I‘m sitting here multi-tasking: surfing the web, looking at entries for today’s blog post, searching inspiration (I could look at beautiful homes all day long), taking a break for dinner, trying to figure out how the Nook works that I got for my birthday and watching “Speed” out of the corner of my eye. Anyway, my point is…I came across Elizabeth’s home tour, before and after transformations and DIY projects and knew right away that I wanted to introduce her to you.  I love that feeling – motivation that I get from the blogging community, don’t you? Elizabeth will inspire you.

Her blog is dedicated to her obsession with interior design, do-it-yourself projects and other daily musings.  🙂

Here are a few before and afters of her gorgeous home. 

Kitchen before had charm but an outdated feel with what she calls ‘groovy gold’ countertops and matching dishswasher…
Kitchen after is so pretty with even more charm. I’m glad she kept the sink – love that! The open shelving is so convenient and a great way to bring more interest to a wall of cabinets.

Bedroom after…chocolate! I spy with my little eye something beginning with a L-O-V-E (remember that car game?!). A couple of things I want: that bedding, the chairs, that rug and chandelier!

I want to curl up on the couch with a throw blanket and good book and never leave this living room:

See more of Elizabeth’s before/after home tour at the The Mustard Ceiling Before/After.

Elizabeth’s husband also contributes to The Mustard Ceiling blog.  I love this post about the “Cloffice“(closet office)and living with an interior designer…
And great tutorial on wainscoting (their gorgeous dining room):


Learn how to DIY these chevron magazine files at “Dressin’ it Up“. So cool!

See more of Elizabeth’s DIY projects as listed below:


It makes me want to get up off the couch and tackle every project all at once, not knowing where to begin!  Thank you so much for sharing your before and afters and DIY, Elizabeth (and Alfred).  Beautiful job on every single detail!   

Many (DIY) Moments of Me

Before I feature Tatum’s beautiful DIY projects, I have to give her a big CONGRATULATIONS!  You’ll have to go over and visit to see her exciting news!!!  Lucky girl!

Now on to showing off!  Guests were having  hard time finding behind which door lies the room they’re needing (sometimes quick). 


Here his her pretty solution.  I love these signs and no more guessing games.


Her closet was a blank slate and offered little creativity with storage…


Now it’s so pretty + so FUNctional! Love the stenciled wall, hooks and labeled baskets. 

What you do think?  I LOVE both ideas!

Thank you so much, Tatum, for sharing your creativity!  And I’m looking forward to MORE of the details of your big day! 😉

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Closet Office – More than Rubies

With a new baby on the way and a craft room turning nursery, Amber from More than Rubies was looking for a place to organize her craft supplies and create an office space.  After a lot of research, they decided to turn the guest room closet into an office. Here are some pictures of her inspiration:


from dwellerswithoutdecorators

First, they cleaned out the closet (before):

Second step was to re-vamp an old computer desk (a GoodWill find).
They used 7ft piece of plywood to extend the desk top to fill the closet.

Sanding, priming, and painting.

After getting the painted desk and desktop into the closet, they added some side shelving for additional storage…

As a finishing touch, they added a piece of molding to the front of the desk so that the plywood addition wasn’t so obvious. It worked out perfectly!

Now, they have an fun space for Amber’s craft supplies and a small organized office area!  

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The total cost of the closet re-model was about $100 dollars. Amber plans to find curtains to cover the opening for when it’s not in use.  

Creative use of space, Amber – I love that it’s so organized/out of the way!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!

For more of Amber’s DIY projects, visit her blog at MORE THAN RUBIES.