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DILEMMA!! I need help with my bi-fold doors which open up into a down stairs bedroom!!

ashleychittyNovember 23, 2012
I was wanting to replace these doors, but have found no affordable choice which I liked. The total door size is 72 inches by 80 inches. I am not sure if I want to stencil a design on them, add texture by attaching tiles, or frame the doors with flat casing. I'm looking for a modern but earthly look. THANKS for your suggestions!
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Kaplan Architects, AIA
You could paint them to match the adjacent wall color to make them disappear more. I would also update the door pulls keeping the size and shape simple too.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:18AM
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Would a built in, sliding shoji screen (or something equivalent) make sense? I'm just not a bifold door fan.
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    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:19AM
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I totally agree with Kaplan! For texture, you could get the heavily textured paintable wallpaper and paint them, also. Long chrome handles will add a modern touch.
    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:20AM
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Another option might be to attach trim to make them more doorlike, paint the door frame white and the doors black. Add new hardware like pic #3 and they will become a stylish focal point.
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1 Like    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:53AM
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If you're interested in a more "artsy" treatment, you could apply strips of different designs of wood trim vertically or horizontally and paint the whole a glossy color of your choice. I've seen this done to the front of drawers on houzz, and plan to do it to a small nondescript chest of my own.
    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:58AM
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I just did something with my fireplace that turned out pretty cool, with wood strips. Not finished yet, but you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. You could remove the doors, lay them down flat and glue them on vertically instead of horizontally. It is a very modern and earthy look. Change the hardware and you would have a totally different look.
    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:32AM
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This was done with wooden shims, glued on and then stained. This would add an interesting texture, which you could stain or paint.

I wouldn't recommend using tiles or anything too heavy on the doors. Too much weight will thrown them out of whack and they won't open and close properly after a while.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:38AM
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Wait till you can afford to do it right. The doorway needs to be narrowed and a conventional door inserted. In general a dor beside a fireplace looks bad, but yours is even worse.
    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:05AM
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What's on the other (right) side of the fireplace? More painted wall? Paneling? Shelving? Anything too dimensional, artsy or textured on the bi-folds will draw focus away from the fireplace. You could consider the opposite approach of painting the doors to match the wall color and make them disappear.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:48AM
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Nancy Hehmann
Can you go to a place that reclaims doors from buildings and look for French doors or the Barn Door look that slide on Pulleys.
    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:56AM
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Rustica Hardware
By-pass barn door hardware could be a good option. It gives you a modern and rustic look. Not sure what your budget is be you can take a look on our site here: http://rusticahardware.com/bypass-barn-door-hardware-system/
1 Like    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 1:10PM
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Using handmade papers from Japan, China or anywhere, you can cover the doors. Look up Fusuma in google images or youtube to get an idea...
Real Japanese Fusuma is a shoji-like framework that is completely covered on all sides. Often they used a printed wallpaper like image for a final cover. I'm suggesting just covering the hollow-core doors with paper for a rustic style.You wouldn't need to do the inside. You could wrap the edges with new wood.
sorry, no pix!
    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 8:33AM
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I agree that black matt doors can look stunning, especially against your current wall colour. However, be careful what you wish for. Generally, timber doors don't show finger prints whereas painted doors do.
    Bookmark   January 11, 2015 at 12:31AM
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