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How To: Repurpose Closet Doors into a Bookshelf

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I had someĀ old closet accordion doors that were previously used as a headboard in college. I had no use for them, so I decided to remake them into something for my house: a bookshelf!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Accordion closet door (2 panels in one door) or 2 wood shutters
  • Power drill
  • 6- 12″x 24″ pieces of pine planks (buy a large plank at Home Depot or Lowes and ask for an employee to cut the wood to the desired lengths)
  • 24- 1.5″ screws
  • Minwax mahogany stain
  • Paint brush & rag
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)


  1. Remove the pins in the hinges to separate the panels
  2. Sand the panels to ensure new paint will adhere to the wood (optional)
  3. Paint the doors the new color of your choice, two coats (optional)
  4. Paint the pine planks the stain color of your choice (I chose the deep mahogany to contrast the cream) Let dry for 24 hours outside
  5. Space the planks to the appropriate distances you want the shelves spaced apart
  6. Screw the shelves into the panels (2 screws on each side of the shelves)
  7. Decorate and style as desired

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Let me know how your bookshelf turns out!

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