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I am taking over Beckie’s blog for the day and am seriously questioning what I am doing here. Infarrantly Creative is the place I come for inspiration, so being here posting my amatuer project among her amazing creative feats is a little daunting. Remember her awesome kitchen remodel or just recently when she recovered those adorable wing back chairs? Well…enough said.

My name is Amy and can normally be found at The Idea Room. My blog has become a hodge podge of DIY’s, crafts, fun recipes, treat ideas, and some organizational tips for families all mixed together.

But really, I am happy to be here today and share with you a little project my hubby and I made out of a discarded folding closet door. You can also use a regular door…just cut it in half length wise.

We purchased our door trim package from Home Depot to give the door shelf a finished look in a short amount of time.

If you are using a folding door to create your corner shelf, start by unscrewing the hinges. Place the two inward sides of the doors together so the inside corners touch. Reattach the hinges to hold the sides together. The sides will still flex, but the hinges will hold the sides together until the shelves are attached.

Determine how many shelves you would like. We inserted a shelf between each panel section of the door. Measure the length needed for the shelves by measuring the width of the door from inside corner to the door side. Then cut a shelf with two sides at that length. (It will be a triangular shape).

Once the shelves are cut, hold the shelves in their position on the door and mark the position of the top and bottom of each shelf. Ensure that the shelf is not tilted by measuring the position of each shelf corner (for instance, if the bottom shelf should be three inches off the ground, measure each shelf edge to ensure they are all three inches from the bottom of the door). Drill pilot holes in the door for the screws in the center of where the shelf will be. Hold the shelves in place and screw the screws through the pilot holes and into shelf.

Attach the decorative corner square. We positioned it in the center of the side and the center of the top shelf. Then attach the base molding to match the position of the corner square.

Measure the distance between the corner square and the base trim and then cut your side molding to match. Center the molding and attach with finishing nails. Use a nail punch to drive the nail head below the surface of the wood (cover nail holes with putty and sand to finish).

For the top molding, we used two layers to get the correct positioning in relation to the corner square.

The above picture shows the attached base molding that was described above.

Caulk the shelf and the corner seems and you are ready for painting!

Decorate with some accessories and you have yourself a show stopping piece.

Thanks Beckie and Infarrantly Creative Readers, this was a lot of fun.

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  1. this is awesome!! we are getting ready to move in about 2 weeks and this will definitely be on the list of projects!! thanks!

  2. WOOHOO 🙂 I wondered what to do with our old folding doors after we replace them…they need to be painted…teal, anyone? hehe Black would be cool, too 🙂

    Thanks for the great idea!! 🙂

  3. I love this resourceful idea! And I love the corner shelf… I always feel like I need something in my corners!

  4. Too freaking cute! You make me wanna take a door off a closet and put it in the corner!!!

  5. Super cute idea! I love the idea of recycling what I would normally throw away! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!!!

  6. clever clever clever. I really want to make one. I don't think my husband would like not having closet doors…what to do what to do.

  7. I just love this…makes me not want to throw away anymore doors! Check your email Becky! xo rachel

  8. What a great idea! I took the doors off my girls' room closet and hung a curtain so I have a set sitting in my shed just begging to be made into these shelves! Thanks!

  9. I happen to have an old folding door sitting around waiting for a project. Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

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