Repurposed Bifold Doors/Shutters

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Way back when we renovated our beach condo, I saved the 6′ wide pair of bifold doors that were in the bedroom knowing that I would use them one day.
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog

 

They were old and grody, but I brought them home anyway and cleaned them up and set them aside. Then I waited and waited and waited some more.

 

I held onto these doors for five years, but inspiration finally struck when I started decorating the media room in our basement.

Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blogI had Pookie turn the doors into shutters by cutting them in half.  Dry brushing them with gray paint and a little bit of stain gave them depth and added interest.

Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
I thought that a subtle way to add to the rustic/industrial vibe that I’m going for in the media room would be to mount the shutters with old crusty, rusty bolts.

 

Two problems with that plan though -I didn’t have any old crusty, rusty bolts and even if I did, they wouldn’t work for mounting these things into sheetrock.

 

So here’s what I did:
I purchased new chunky bolts and washers, making sure the bolts were no longer than the thickness of the shutters (I didn’t want them to actually go into the sheetrock).
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
To make them look rusty, I sprayed them with Rustoleum’s textured paint in brown.  I was amazed at how authentically rusty they turned out to be.
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
The four bifold door halves were attached together with metal straps and wood joiner thingys on the backside.  A ‘D’ ring was added to each side to suspend the doors from.
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
I then drilled a hole in each corner to accommodate the thick bolts.
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
These bolts are just for looks and don’t serve any real purpose, so I simply glued them in place.
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
And that’s all there was too it.
Now it looks like ginormous, rusty bolts are holding my shutters on the wall.
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog

Here’s a before and after just for fun.
BEFORE
AFTER
Repurposed bifold doors/shutters from Worthing Court blog
Thank goodness I held onto these things!

 

I’ve had lots of fun turning our media room into a rustic with industrial vibe room.

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19 Comments

  1. This was and is a great idea and I love how this turned out. They make such great spray paints today. I love the clock and that lamp did turn out great.

    Cynthia

  2. Oh my goodness Suzy I love this, what a great idea!!! When I was in FL visiting my Mom she showed me two bifold doors she had sitting in her garage. She asked me if I had any ideas about what she could do with them? I couldn’t think of anything, but told her not to get rid of them and I would search the web for some ideas when I returned home. So…when I opened my e-mail this morning and saw your post I thought this is perfect!!! I can’t wait to call my mom and tell all about your wonderful blog and the very creative way you made over your doors! Thank you so much for sharing : ) Have a great day!

  3. Love it Suzy!…great idea for using them as a backdrop for the clock!!…Looks beautiful!!!

  4. I’ve wanted to try that textured spray paint for awhile. Good to see it actually works. You did a fantastic job with those shutters. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve gotten rid of, only to desperately want them back a few months later. 🙂 Good thing you held onto those shutters. 🙂

  5. Very smart of you to hang onto those shutters — they look perfect in that spot with the big clock! Great way to make new hardware look old — just the right spray paint, who knew?

  6. There you go … amazing me with your serious “skeelz!” I love it, Suzy … such a cool way to repurpose, as well as enhance your great clock! Such a great space!