Laundry Room Updates: French Bifold Door

Despite what it looks like, the DIY Fairy doesn’t live here.

If you’ve been checking out what we’ve been up to for the past month on this blog, it’s been all befores and afters and rainbows and lollipops. I realized lately that I haven’t been totally upfront with the nitty gritty that really happens.

Robert and I have been so wrapped up in painting and hauling and installing that I’ve hardly had time to grab my camera to snap photos of the real, hard work. (Minus the occasional Instagram Story anyway.)

All that to say, I’m trying to get better about that since sharing actual steps of tutorials to help you in your own home is my jam! I’ve completely slacked off on that lately.

Anyways, here is the latest that’s been happening with the laundry room makeover

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Last time I shared an update, we had this rickety bifold door situation going on. I really would have wanted to replace it even if it had been totally functional, but this door had popped off of its track and was a total pain in the boo-tay to work with.

So then I found this French bifold door with frosted glass panes and it was the solution to a long list of problems we had going on in the laundry room and breakfast room.

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The living room that this spot in the house opens up to is filled with French doors, so the fact that I could mimic that style on this bifold was a huge win!

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In the breakfast nook, we have no windows at all, so those frosted panes let in a little natural light from our laundry room window to brighten up the space a tad.

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And because the glass is frosted, it still hides all of our mess that often piles up behind this closed door. To buy the door with the glass already frosted is about $650 on Lowe’s website, but I found the clear glass option on Amazon for $312, and you could just frost the glass with a can or two of this frosted glass spray paint.

It still costs more than your average bear bifold, but this door is smack in the center of our downstairs and is a bit of a focal point, so that was worth it to us.

Our door came as unfinished wood, so I primed it with some Kilz Premium, and painted it with two coats of Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron in semi-gloss like we’ve used on all of the doors in our house so far.

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We wanted to make the door look like a true French door that opened in the middle, so we added these two pulls we found at Home Depot. I’ve thought about even taking the hinge out of the middle of the door and attaching the two panels to either side of the door frame to make it a true French.

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We’ve played around with hardware inside the laundry room to spiff it up too, like these antique style hooks where we can toss hats, bags, and jackets when we come home.

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After a lot of feedback from y’all in my question from our last laundry room update, I’ve decided to paint our electrical box to make it blend in with the wall. And I’ll put a picture frame on it attached by a magnet so it can be easily removed as needed.

The floor, light fixture, and window shade are next on our to-do list.

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Now that we have the cabinet doors in here though, it’s looking much more put together. I gave them a coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White and they’re good as new. I big puffy heart loooove how they pop against the wall color my father-in-law painted (Sherwin Williams Slate Tile).

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To coordinate with the hooks on the wall, I found these antique bronze knobs. Aren’t they the prettiest little detail?

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And I finally hung up this laundry mirror that I carted along with me from the last house. It’s so great for brightening up this dark spot in the corner.

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I still need to do some paint touch-ups and figure out how to organize our peg board and shelves and if we’re going to build a drying rack. I have to admit, doing laundry has been kind of fun in a room that’s all pretty and decorated. I mean sort of. When is laundry really fun? Bearable. Maybe I should say bearable.

So here’s where we are on the laundry room to-do list:

  • Paint walls Sherwin Williams Slate Tile
  • Paint ceiling Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Paint cabinets and trim Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Replace old hooks
  • Change cabinet knobs
  • Replace bifold door
  • Hang woven Roman shade
  • Swap light fixture
  • Paint vinyl floor
  • Build drying rack
  • Hang ironing board
  • Hang laundry art
  • Organize odds and ends
  • Organize peg board

So since we’re on the subject, got any peg board organizing tips? Or a great laundry room organization system? If the Organization Fairy decides to show up, I wouldn’t be opposed to letting her work her magic in here.

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30 Comments

  1. What brand of paint did you use on your doors? I want to paint all of my doors BM Wrought Iron as well but I don’t know which brand to use.

  2. beautiful doors! Csn you tell me what the doors look like from inside the laundry room? did you paint them the same color? Are they more”plain’ on the laundry room side? thanks!

  3. Your home is simply beautiful! I Love how you’ve made it so homely and cozy too 🙂

  4. Things are looking great! The door is a super solution to blending the laundry room into its location. Are things happening faster than in your first home or is my imagination?!?

    1. WAY faster! But we bought this house knowing it would need more work than our last house, so we’re hitting the ground running on it. 🙂 We tend to do more projects in the spring/summer usually, so the timing just worked out.

  5. Love the laundry! Esp the doors – I am replacing the library door with a single french and will use the frosted glass option you suggested..

  6. That has to be one of the best, most creative ideas I’ve seen. They look great and add to that space.

  7. The space looks great.Where did you find the beautiful lace and leather tote bag hanging on the hooks?

  8. I love the door, it fits perfectly in that space! And I love all the details you have added. This inspires me to get back to work on my laundry room update that has been neglected lately.

  9. I’m also looking for a drying rack- I need a flat one, tho! I remember seeing one that you could put in/on your bathtub! Anyone know where to find one?

    1. We bought a heavy duty freestanding one from Walmart that expands up and dow (make sense?). I fold it flat to store and stand it up in our bathtub when drying clothes. Amazon might have cool ones designed especially for tubs.

  10. Beautiful. I would want to do laundry all the time, just to be in that space. Well, sort of. Okay, not really, but it IS beautiful!

    1. It’s a total pain! I don’t know whose genius idea it was to put the box there, but it wasn’t ours. We have to practically climb on top of our washing machine to reach it. Just nuts.

  11. Laundry room is coming right along , I would opt for the laundry room doors to open like French doors, that’s just me?

  12. Great job! I would love any thoughts you have on the drying rack. We like to dry our clothes outside as much as possible but MN weather doesn’t allow for that. So, I am looking for indoor ideas for drying racks and what to do so the room doesn’t smell damp or musty. Thanks!

    1. There’s a good one I found on Amazon recently that folds up against the wall, but I can’t decide if it would cost much less to build one rather than buy it. Here’s the link though, if that helps: http://amzn.to/2qHTwHx

  13. You are so creative. This makes a huge difference and balances the space perfectly. I would not even have thought to do this but it looks great!

  14. I absolutely love the doors for my laundry ‘area’ that is near the front door and for my basement door in the living room. How do you love having darker doors? I have really started to consider this in my house. Have a beautiful day, Lauren!

  15. Your laundry room is looking so happy now she has more of your touch to her Lauren. Love, love, love the laundry sign. I have wanted one for ages and have been worried about it breaking if I had it sent. Did you pick it up or have it shipped to you? If you did have it shipped, was it well packed? Looking forward to seeing what cool design you put on the floor and what awesome light fixture you find to make the laundry shine.

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