Master Bedroom Up-cycled Bi-fold Doors Turned Reading Light W/shelf!

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One bi-fold closet door becomes wall-mounted reading lights, with shelf, for the master bedroom.
We made the large king-size pallet bed and it's taken up a lot of floor space in our master bedroom. So, keeping that in mind, I wanted to come up with an idea for a side table that would mount to the wall and include a light for reading. When I found these solid wood bi-fold doors on craigslist, I knew exactly what I'd do with them.
I paid $40 for the pair of bi-fold doors. After removing brackets, hinges, door knobs, etc., I set out to work on my vision. I cut approximately 18" off the door lengths, as I wanted to mount them to the wall, resting on the floor trim.
After a good sanding, I cleaned the surface and got ready to paint. I chose an antique white as I loved the look on top of our light lavender-colored walls.
I applied a good two coats of satin paint to the doors and left them to dry overnight.
Attack of the sander! Keeping my rustic bedroom theme in mind, I lightly sanded using 220 grade sandpaper, cleaned it off and prepared the doors for the final finish.
I used a natural or light oil-stain and applied with a cotton rag, wiping off the excess as I worked.
Hand-oiled bronze sconces finished the rustic look. (Lowe's for around $25ea.)
The finished side tables with reading lights, taking up NO floor real estate. It frames our pallet bed and has just enough shelf space for a Kindle, mobile phone or book.
I should add that I had a 20" round pine table top that was cut down for the shelves and wooden shelf brackets were used for support.

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  • Tressa Tressa on Nov 12, 2015
    Did you wire the sconces through the wall?

  • Ali2577511 Ali2577511 on Nov 21, 2015
    I have alot of wood im house like yours what colour isare the walls painted?

  • Tracey L. Vinopal Tracey L. Vinopal on Nov 23, 2015
    This is not a question, but merely an observation of the top picture. The lamps reflection is simular to that of Alfred Hitchcock's silouette! See it?


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  • Lynne Nordstrom Lynne Nordstrom on Jan 07, 2021

    Love this but I have to say I was a little freaked out by the silhouette of the old man looking up to the sky in the first pic! then I put my glasses on and saw it was the sconce. still, can't unsee it now! lol. beautiful work

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    • Gigilambert Gigilambert on Jan 07, 2022

      That’s the first thing I saw too!

  • Kate Kate on Dec 31, 2021

    Love this a lot.