How to Make New Cabinet Doors From Old Shutters
Search your local salvage yard for vintage shutters. They can tidy up more than the view
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.
Fill Old Hinge Mortises
Fill old hinge mortises in both shutters with an epoxy filler. Let dry, and use a rasp to smooth the buildup. To turn two single shutters into a bifold, you must also remove the rabbets (light-blocking strips where opposing pairs of shutters come together). Cut these off with a jigsaw to create smooth edges.