How to Install Molding on Bifold French Doors How to Install Molding on Bifold French Doors

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Pencil
Miter Saw
Nails
Hammer
Putty
Molding
Sponge
Water
Sand Paper
Paint Brush
Paint or Wood Stain

Installing molding on bifold French doors can finish the job. When you have finished installing your door frame and the door opens and closes properly you will want to Add molding around the door frame for a more professional look.

Step 1 - Making Measurements

First you need to measure the distance around the frame of the french door so you can buy enough molding and cut it to the right lengths. Make sure that the measurements are completely accurate by measuring a couple of times and writing the measurements down. If you get conflicting measurements then repeat until you are always getting the same result.

The measurements must be accurate, otherwise you will not be able to cut and fit the molding correctly. Never cut the molding until you are sure about the measurements.

Step 2 - Marking Molding

Now you will need to mark the molding with a pencil, simply mark the length of the frame on the molding using your pencil. Start by marking the top piece of molding. Check the measurements once more and make sure that the pencil marks are in the correct place.

Step 3 - Cutting the Top

The top piece of molding will require two miter cuts so that it can fit properly at the top of the french door frame. Set your miter saw up to cut at a 45 degree angle and then use the miter saw to cut through the molding. The distance between the cuts on the short side of the molding should just fit across the top of the door frame.

Step 4 - Marking and Cutting the Other Pieces

Now you will need to cut the side pieces of molding. These will only need a single miter cut for the top corner. Mark the measurements on your molding and use your miter saw again to cut the molding to the right length.

Step 5 - Fixing the Molding

Before you fix the molding properly you should try all the pieces against the wall to ensure that they all fit properly. The molding can be fixed to the frame of a french door by using adhesive and/or nails. If using both then apply the adhesive and then use small finishing nails. Use a center punch to press the nails down into the surface of the wood. This will help to hide the head of the nails.

Use wood putty to fill the holes left by the nails. Sand down the wood putty so that it is flat and level with the door frame. Check the look of the molding to make sure that everything looks perfect.

Step 6 - Finishing Touches

Once you have filled the holes you will need to wait for the wood putty to dry. Then you can paint or stain the wooden molding so that it ties in with the decor of the rest of your room. You might need to paint the door frame several times to get the best results.

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