Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bi-Fold Door - Part 2

Some Supplies

So part two of this endeavor. Here's part 1. I used a staple gun for most of the world after cutting the fabric with pinking sheers. I use the screw driver and pliers to remove staples which have gone askewed. Nothing is ever perfect.

Start by cutting your fabric a half inch larger than the opening on all sides. You don't need to use pinking sheers this just helps it from fraying. Be sure to check your fabric for it's repeating pattern and whether or not you want something to be centered. I used damask and had the print centered. (After completing, the two sides of the door are off in pattern about 1 inch but atleast they are all facing the same direction.) Staple the fabric to the top of the back and pull it taught to the bottom. In some areas, I was able to do it at an angle closer to the inside of the frame.

Push the staple gun flush with the front of the door on the sides and staple all the way around. I did this to cover the empty slots instead of just keeping the fabric flat across the back. It helps if you do a few key spots, like the corners and center, to make sure you aren't pulling in one direction more than another. You can always use the flat head screw driver and pliers to pull out a wrong staple. Hammers work for hitting them further in too.
Close up of slot coverage with staple
Stapling over the slots
Once I went all the way around for each panel, (4 times) I did add some trim to the back. On second thought, I wish I hadn't. I might eventually take it off because it prevents the door from opening all the way or I might change it to flatter trim.

Put your hardware back on your doors and reassemble them to the opening. Matt helped do this. It is done and it is sparkley. I think on it's own it looks great but I presently think it contrasts with the abstract bacon painting in my kitchen. I might need to update this.

What do you think?
With just the laundry room lights on
Kitchen lights on
Looking into the kitchen

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