Introduction

salvage project turning vintage shutters into a new folding door
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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Some of us can't afford a display-worthy flat-screen TV. And even if we could, there'd still be the wires, the DVD player, and audio equipment to contend with. Better to keep it all under wraps. After building her media-storage shelves, This Old House multimedia editor Alex Bandon simply got tired of looking at all that equipment when it wasn't in use. Rather than make a custom door, she bought two mahogany shutters at a salvage yard for $75. Hinged together as a bifold, they were a perfect fit. She also knew that if she integrated vintage finds into her upgrade project, I would pitch in with the labor. Clever girl.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • flathead screwdriver
      Rasp
    • rasp
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 2 vintage interior shutters

    2. 1 pair of wrap-around shutter hinges

    3. 1 pair of no-mortise hinges

    4. Cabinet door pull

    5. Paint and primer

    6. Epoxy filler