Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
I’ve always had the urge to paint a door in our home a deep black hue. There is something about this color on a door that is clean, bold, and traditional all at the same time. I knew that I couldn’t paint our front door black because it would darken our front porch space too much. I knew then it would have to be our pantry door in the kitchen! By adding black to this space, it would help tie in with the orb chandelier I made for our breakfast nook by bringing black accents throughout the kitchen. What turned this home project into a true DIY adventure? Deciding to also transform our bi-fold doors to barn French doors using scrap wood from our garage. Here is what we we started with when we bought our home:
The pantry door was a typical, basic pantry door that did it’s job beautifully! But did the door look beautiful to me? At this point, you can probably guess my answer. Take a look at the same view but of the doors transformed into their new look:
This project cost of a total of $35 because all I needed to buy was the paint and the handles. I used the current doors, scrap pieces of wood, and the other necessary materials to put the pieces together from the stock pile in the garage to bring down the cost. The color we used was Carbon by BEHR Paint. I love it and who knew there could be so many shades of black!?
How did we do it? There are so many amazing tutorials available to complete this project. We ultimately referred to the tutorial by The Painted Hive to get our jump start. We took the doors down and went straight to our garage to begin work.
The hinges came off immediately and the measuring, sanding, and wood cutting marathon began!
We did a few things differently than the tutorial we originally found. Ryan and I simply used wood glue and a nail gun to attach the freshly cut pieces of wood. We also did not pre-paint the pieces before placing them on the bi-fold doors. I wanted to use wood putty to seal the cracks, holes, and random open spots for a flawless finish. So on went the wood right away!
We already spent a whole weekend on the doors up until this point. It was well worth the labor, learning experience, and end results though. Once the wood putty and glue dried, I painted three coats of the Carbon BEHR paint, attached the hinges, and hung them in the kitchen. My patient husband of course helped with everything!
Ryan and I immediately agreed on the knobs for the new pantry doors that gave them a modern twist. We installed the stainless steel bar hardware pulls that completed the look of the new pantry doors! Just take a minute to swoon over them:
I loved the entire process of this home project and highly recommend for you to create your own French doors out of bi-fold doors! It’s very rewarding and such an amazing difference for any space. We also did this for our closest doors in our master bedroom but with a different design.
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