How to Paint a Wooden Bifold Door | Home Guides

Using two sawhorses simplifies painting bifold doors.

Bifold doors offer a space-saving closure for closets,laundry rooms and pantries. Although you can paint bifold doors in position,it’s much easier to apply the paint before you install them. If they are already in place,detach the doors from their tracks. Depending on where the bifold doors are installed,both sides may be visible to a room. If you wish to paint the doors with a different color on each side,switch paints and use a clean brush after you flip the doors over. Which color you paint the doors’ edges is up to you.

Place two sawhorses three or four feet apart over a large tarp. Attach a large spring clamp in the middle of the crossbar on each sawhorse. These will serve to prop up the folding center of the doors,so you can paint both the edge and the face at the same time.

Detach the bifold doors from their tracks. Place the doors on top of the sawhorses with the fold resting on the spring clamps. Remove and set aside any hardware on the doors.

Add a small amount of general-purpose cleaner to a bucket of water. Wring out a rag in the solution and wash all surfaces facing up. Flip the doors over on the sawhorses to wash the other side. Allow the doors to dry.

Sand both sides of the the doors with a fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust from both sides with a moist microfiber cloth. Mask the hinges of the doors with blue painter’s tape to prevent them from being painted.

Open a can of latex enamel paint and stir it thoroughly with a paint stick. Pour some of the paint into a paint tray. Apply paint to the doors’ panels with a 1-inch to 2-inch brush,working from the center outward. For now,you will only be painting the side of the doors facing upward from the sawhorses.

Apply paint to the doors’ edges,including the inside of the fold. Apply paint to the horizontal and vertical pieces around the panels,painting with the wood’s grain.

Allow the paint to dry overnight,then flip the doors over on the sawhorses and repeat the same steps to paint the other side. Allow the paint to dry overnight again.

Carefully lift the doors from the sawhorses,remove the painter's tape,reattach the hardware and replace the doors into their track.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 sawhorses
  • Large tarp
  • 2 large spring clamps
  • General-purpose cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Rag
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Latex enamel paint
  • Paint stick
  • Paint tray
  • 1- to 2-inch brush


  • When painting the doors' edges,avoid loading the brush with too much paint to prevent drips. Brush any drips away immediately while the paint is still wet.

Photo Credits

  • Using two sawhorses simplifies painting bifold doors.


Stanley Hardware Stanley Hardware 72-Inch Bifold Set #402064
Home Improvement (Stanley Hardware)
  • Designed for 1-inch thick panels; total width of 72 inches
  • Supports 2 doors weighing up to 30 pounds each
  • White finish
  • Includes a pair of snuggers, top pivots, guide wheels, bottom pivots, hinges, knobs and aligners

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That is what is seems to make most sense. A few pieces together in random places around the room, a few people have told me that. I think the "mini-scene" would be cutest and less random/ blob-y. Lol.
You think each mini-scene should be at different heights around the room? Not all like mid-height...
We still have to paint our old, ugly wooden bifold closet doors. That is my new project to tackle. DH has to hang the new ceiling fan, and hang the curtain rod and valance.
Thanks for the tips! I am going to arrange them tonite and snap some pics and see what yall think

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  • Avatar yoga guy Louvered, bifold closet doors...?
    Sep 27, 2007 by yoga guy | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)

    I want to replace sliding closet doors with the bifold type of doors. How hard are these to install? I'm a bit of a do it yourselver but by no means am I a pro. Is this something I should attempt to do myself? Are there tips or suggestions or things to be aware of before I attempt this project? Any advice about measuring or installation will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance...

    • They require a track and are not terribly hard to install Just follow the package directions and ask the sales persons for additional tips. Measure the opening carefully and make sure your new doors fully closed are not to wide or narrow.