Monday, November 28, 2011

Tips for Painting Bi-Fold Shuttered Closet Doors

This past week (actually past couple of weeks), I've been working on transforming bi-fold closet doors.

Here are the doors before.

(Pardon the iphone quality pictures...I was too lazy busy to grab the camera - and even though this was rotated while editing...they are not cooperating in my post!)


Not a wood tone that I love or one that works in the room - although they were installed just like this (more to come on the room reveal). However, with our old house having tons of painted trim (probably 20 layers over the past 80+ years), painting these a beautiful creamy white will make them fit in. Poor doors just don't match.

I washed the doors since they sat in our attic for a couple of years.  Just a high pressure spraying with the hose and drying in the sunshine. Remove knobs. 
Next I sanded them.  I lightly scuffed up the finish using my Dremel MultiMax. I used a leaf blower to clean off the saw dust and then blew the leaves off the deck.  May as well multi-task, right?

I considered using my paint sprayer for this project, but then it got too cold to work on this project outside or to utilize my spray paint booth set up in the barn.  So, my only option was to paint them in the basement.  I think using the paint sprayer would have been a slow process with the slats for the shuttered area so I think it worked out best having do do these by hand (also time consuming).

My next issue was setting up my work station.  We don't have enough saw horses (Santa?) for laying out all four bi-fold doors. But this actually worked to my advantage for getting to the inevitable drips on the shuttered slats (see below).  I propped up the doors against the old original part of the basement foundation...we have a scary original basement (shown) and a scary unfinished newer basement...another DIY project one of these days. 
Blasting Christmas music makes for happy painting. 

I chose to use True Value Easy Care Platinum (Paint and Primer in One) in a semi-gloss finish so I could jump right into getting these done.  No need for primer. Sold!

I brush in the direction of the wood grain. When working on the shutters, I started by applying paint in the corners, then lengthwise on each shutter.  As soon as I finished a section, I checked the back side and brushed out the drips. I didn't notice this right away, but scratching with a fingernail popped dried drips right off. 

Tip:  Brush out drips on back side when finishing a section of shutters.

Setting up doors on this kind of angle made it easy for lifting the door and brushing the backside when needed (and it will be necessary because of those shutters - drips on the backside).

One coat in progress...

Each side got two coats plus an extra brush here and there before clean up.

Color is called "Charming Smile" you find that names can help you decide one way or the other when it comes to choosing a color? I narrowed it down but "Charming Smile" won me over.  I really like the quality of the Platinum line.  Paint + Primer in One saved me an extra step. Where do you think these closet doors are? They look like the sort of doors in a hallway, laundry room or pantry, don't they? 

More DIY on these doors coming up and a reveal of where they're going!  Stay tuned!

For more painting tips see True Value Start Right Start Here.

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.


gail said...

Great job Roeshel! Although I have painted TONS of these doors and I would definitely choose spraying! ;)
You're lucky to be one of the True Value bloggers! I think they need a single lady to represent those of us who "do it all alone". heheeh
Can't wait to see where these doors go, wherever it is they're looking their best!

A Vintage Vine said...

I am excited to see where these go! That was a BIG job!

Maury said...

They look so much better! I have a 13 foot wall of closets in my bedroom that are covered in shuttered, bi-fold doors. I'm going to have to paint them all very soon and I'm dreading it!

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

I have some of these in my future, so grateful for great tips, Roeshel. I think the name would win me over, too. How charming!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

You did an awesome job, they look fab! I've painted shutters in the past and they are no picnic!

Deborah said...

Love them!
You can never have enough of shutters!

Deborah xo

Blue Velvet Chair said...

When is the reveal? Excited to see.

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