I recently replaced some bifold closet doors in my house and I didn’t want to throw out the originals. I am going to attempt to upcycle them into a corner cabinet that would be great for books or any other storage.
I am not sure exactly what these doors are made of, but I think I should be able to cut them in half without taking the hinges off.
Success! The rails were actual solid wood, a pleasant surprise! Next step is to power wash off the slatted part of the former doors which will be the base for the corner cabinet. You can set the slatted half of the doors aside for now.
Let’s focus on the solid half of the doors. Take the hinges off and then gently take off the edging. It should come apart fairly easily with a hammer and a little patience. Then separate the edges from each other. You should now have four separate pieces for each bottom half of the doors.
Next step is to determine how wide you want your corner cabinet to be! I set one of the solid boards on top of the the bifold slatted pieces and measured out the corner cuts I would have to make. A 90 degree angle is the easiest angle to have the doors at.
I then got to work cutting out all of the corners and shelves I would need!
I cut the corners off so they would lie flush when added in as shelves. I did six shelves and four end pieces. For the end pieces, I did not cut off the corners.
Then I sanded the corner pieces so they have a nice smooth finish. We now have awesome shelves for our corner cabinet.
Now, we need something to set the shelves on, so I cut the edges from the bottom half of the doors that we separated before to the proper lengths – the width of one of the slatted doors.
Rather than screw each of the individual pieces onto the slatted doors, I glued and clamped them together to make the corner I need. This is where setting everything at a right angle comes in VERY handy! Remember to spread the glue evenly on the wood for the strongest result.
After the glue dried, I screwed the corners together for a bit of added strength. Now it is time to install them on the slatted doors! I simply screwed them into the desired place.
I recommend measuring out where the shelves will go in order to make this project look as professional as possible.
Now it is time for some real fun. After you get all of the shelf bases screwed in, you can paint the doors. It is best to wait until you are done drilling to paint so you don’t mess up your paint job while building out the project.
Also, if you want to paint the shelves now is the time to do it! I chose a purple color for mine, but any color will do.
The final step is to screw the shelves in! I also did a one on the top and bottom both for stabilization and aesthetics.
Here is my final product! I hope you enjoy your corner cabinet.