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Bi-fold Doors Turned Corner Shelf

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After moving from a house with an overloaded built-in corner china cabinet to an apartment with blank walls, and not enough of them, I needed more space for my glassware. Enter the unserviceable bi-fold doors!
A friend gave me this bi-fold door because the two slats under the center piece were broken, as was one of the top corners where the peg thingys go. But I had a vision. . . or two. The first one was to simply prop it in a corner and hang foliage down the center, especially at Christmas.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $0 Difficulty: Medium
(Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em. Or show them, I suppose, in this case.)
Sorry, can't find the picture of the Christmas swag with lights running down the center of this other set of doors, which is a shame because it was beautiful.
Okay. I have the doors. Now, what about shelf material? This whole project needed to cost me nothing. Moving, you know.
Ah! Let me see if the rough-cut, beat up 1"x12"s that I found under our old trailer will work. They appear to be wide enough.
Next, determine how far apart the shelves would be and knock out the slats. I couldn't break them very easily so I cut them with tin snips. (Sorry, no picture. Use your imagination. We're good at that on here.)
Time to make a template. Rescue a box. A few boxes, to be honest, because I had to make more than one template to get it right. Notice the trapezoid in the center, and the short end? Not going to work. Then notice the piece in the bottom right corner. That's what the back side needed to look like.

Well, if I had followed the instructions on the picture I saw a while back it would have worked. Alas, I didn't have those instructions when this project was in the works. (Link to that is in my blog post. I'm too lazy to look it up and link it here.)
As you can see by the black tape, I had to do a little revamping. I was running out of large enough pieces of cardboard, so a little black tape had to work.
Once I got the template to fit on the shelf, I drew two of them on the board.
Nice $30 saw yes? This project is the first time I used it, and it was a bit intimidating.
I cut out one shelf and checked it before cutting the other three. Good thing, because it needed a little bit of tweaking.
Looking good! Now to make a top shelf.
Hey, the paper will never been seen, and even if it was, its 'character', right??
I wanted the shelf to be collapsible, so the shelves are only sitting in the slots. The top is held in place by some leftover screws that are dropped through a hole in the shelf. You know those holes at the top of the doors where the pegs go in to slide on the track? Well, I got lucky and drilled the holes in the front corners of the shelf exactly there!
The pieces broken out below the center will be hidden by a chair.
And there you have it! A free shelf. Not anywhere near enough space for all my amber glassware, but every little bit helps.
At first I didn't think there was enough contrast between the shelf and the glass, but now I like it. Much less busy this way.
The price, were you to buy all the pieces... I don't have any idea. For myself, I had everything on hand.
It took two days to make it because the template frustrated me. Minus that, this would be an afternoon project for someone who knows what they're doing. Oh yeah. That's why it took me two days!!
There might be more info on the blog, I don't know. It's 1AM and I'm not going to read it to see! Go check it out.

Materials I used for this project:

  • 30" bi-fold door
  • 1"x12"
  • Cardboard large enough to make a template
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To see more: http://itsomuchfunwatchingod.blogspot.com/2016/08/bi-fold-doorshutter-shelf.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Debbie Williams
    Debbie Williams Plymouth, CT
    on Sep 7, 2016

    such a great idea and it looks prefect in the corner

    • Nancy Carlson
      Nancy Carlson Jesup, GA
      on Sep 21, 2016

      Glad you like the idea. I stole it, you know... It IS totally perfect in the corner!

  • Dolliemac
    Dolliemac
    on Sep 7, 2016

    Replace missing slap with a stur stick used for painting, just stain it. Your shelve turn out great!

    • Nancy Carlson
      Nancy Carlson Jesup, GA
      on Sep 21, 2016

      lol! Yes, and I do have several cans of stain... I just haven't figured out how to get the stick in the slot without taking the whole thing apart.

  • Jacalyn
    Jacalyn Clearwater, FL
    on Sep 7, 2016

    Very clever. Added storage and added character in one piece. Score!

    • Nancy Carlson
      Nancy Carlson Jesup, GA
      on Sep 21, 2016

      Character... yep, that's you call it when you're too lazy to make something beautiful! I have lots of 'character' in my house! Glad you like it!

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Sep 7, 2016

    Good idea and I'm sure you're happy with the extra space with which to show your collections. Glad it worked out for you.

    • Nancy Carlson
      Nancy Carlson Jesup, GA
      on Sep 21, 2016

      Thanks! And of course my mother found another piece for me to display! What are mothers for, if not to support your habits, right??

  • Tootsie meece
    Tootsie meece Brevard, NC
    on Sep 7, 2016

    Luv it..could you have replaced missing slats with ones you cut out for shelves?

    • Nancy Carlson
      Nancy Carlson Jesup, GA
      on Sep 8, 2016

      ... except that I had to break them to get them out. There's probably a way, but it seems to me you'd have to have the sides loose to get the new ones in.

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