Asked on Sep 07, 2015

Upcycle a closet door

by Shawnna
I bought a closet door at a yard sale. Any ideas what to do with it? My creative mind has gone blank.
The door is slated like shutters. It's tall an narrow.
  20 answers
  • Z Z on Sep 07, 2015
    Oh I love this and the fact it's not painted. You could cut it in half (unless you have two parts of a bifold door) and make a short (or tall) bookshelf. Use it as the top of a long sofa table by adding legs and a base. Add a back to the louvers and use the slats for displaying photos, Christmas cards or for mail. If you don't want to add the back, then get some small wooden clothespins from a craft store to clip any of the above to louvers. Another Hometalker had two and used them as garden storage in her garage.
  • Nancy Spencer Carlson Nancy Spencer Carlson on Sep 07, 2015
    the are about a zillion things you can do with it! Just do a search for upcycle shutters or bifold doors. Can't find the picture but I put a set of doors behine a tall square end table, with the slats facing up, and hung a long trailing Christmas garland in the center. It was beautiful!
  • Patty eaton Patty eaton on Sep 07, 2015
    I had a room divider like that. My husband separated the two panels and we gel stained to match the cabinets and hung using saloon door hinges going into my laundry room.
    • Amy Edwards Amy Edwards on Sep 08, 2015
      @Patty eaton I love this idea and I too have an old bi-fold closet door, and I've been wanting to separate my kitchen from my laundry room. Now I know what to do, thank you so much.
  • Donna Ragan Donna Ragan on Sep 07, 2015
    wouldmake a great headboard
  • Fran Fran on Sep 08, 2015
    You could cut them in half and hang them to create a wall focal point like I did on the side of my garage.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 08, 2015
    Believe it or not I bought a door as well at a sale. I weatherproofed it and now it found a home in one of my gardens.
  • DF DF on Sep 09, 2015
    We took out several slatted bifold doors from house we were remodeling. I took one hinged set of two doors, put it in front of my hot water heater in the garage by the kitchen door because I don't like having to look at water heater! When we need to get to water heater just pick it up and move it! I added some "S" and "Z" shaped hooks thru the slats and hang extra dog leash, plastic bags and other items that are lightweight and quick to get to. Now... for the rest of the doors! I'm still thinking, checking hometalk and waiting for a brain storm!!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 10, 2015
    Just a wood sealer nothing fancy.
  • Debra Debra on Sep 11, 2015
    turn the door upside down with the "shutters" facing up and you could use it for holding notes, photos, recipes, etc. I would remove the top half and replace with a chalk board, paint all of it to match your décor, white chalk paint is especially cute and popular now
  • Sweetness3498 Sweetness3498 on Sep 11, 2015
    they make great shelves in your shed or barn
  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 11, 2015
    You could paint it with chalk paint, distress it if desired and put some prett hooks on it or cast iron hooks depending what look you are after. Hang it ln the wall for your coats, etc
  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 11, 2015
    Sorry, should be "pretty" hooks.
  • Kincaid99 Kincaid99 on Sep 13, 2015
    I repurpose the small shutters, repaint, found some large words at Hobby Lobby like LOVE Happiness, Peace, etc attach one diagonally, you could do the chalkboard in the top half after removing slats and words across bottom.
  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Oct 24, 2015
    Cutting in half has lots of possibilities. You need to think "what is it I need." I would find a wall that it fits,lengthwise... like over my washer and dryer, and build a shelf and cabinet out of a pretty nice find,got to be a reason why you got it, be patient, it will come to you.... don't think I would paint it, unless it would fit better with your decor
  • Shawnna Shawnna on Oct 24, 2015
    Thank you! I found a beautiful door tree in pinterest made from shutters. This has a shutter design so I'm leaning that way. I'm patiently collecting items for it now.
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  • Sheila Lloyd Sheila Lloyd on Oct 24, 2015
    I seen it at a antique store hung a slated shutter like yours over a window like a awning, inside and or outside. Really cute.
  • Kincaid99 Kincaid99 on Oct 25, 2015
    You can attach a backless stool or bench box with flip top to the bottom of shutter, paint to match, add hooks and small mirror for a sophisticated hall tree with storage or not. Maybe a small light at top.
  • You could paint it and use it for a message board. Just tuck the notes and photos into the open slots.

  • Paint it and decorate it for the holidays - a seasonal wreath, Welcome, sign, etc.