Cleaning Up with Shutter Doors

I recently scored several louvered bi-fold doors at a flea market. I love the way they look like shutters (and I adore shutters!!!) I decided to take one set apart and add them to my laundry storage cupboard to hide all the junk supplies.

These doors were unpainted, unvarnished and unstained when I picked them up.  I had painted a single coat of white paint on them to brighten them up.  I used one set to hide the stacked washer and dryer.  I stuck a pipe insulator (pipe wrap) onto the back of them to keep them from banging when the laundry was running (makes it MUCH QUIETER).  I hung one of my paintings on them with an S hook to dress them up a bit.

My two Ikea kitchen trolleys got moved here when I renovated the kitchen last year.  Put together, they make a nice little work station and storage space.  The smaller set of bifolds were dismantled.



I pulled the bifold hinges off and used some 3/4" offset hinges to install them to my open cupboard.  They were the perfect width but a trifle short...


 

No worries, I simply added a piece of 1x3 trim to cover the gap at the top.  I nailed it in place from each side with my brad nailer.


And then I gave the doors a fresh coat of paint and polished up the recycled brass handles I added to the doors.


Now the view through my kitchen pass-thru is much less cluttered!


I'm so pleased with how neat and tidy this main floor space looks now.



Cheers!

33 comments:

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I just adore shutters and what you have done is perfect.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

This is so cute Anne. This is funny, but about a month ago we tried to do the same thing next to my washer and dryer with an extra pair of louvered doors, but my spouse could not budge the washer/dryer or the armoire in either direction to give us just another quarter inch more. So we gave up. You see, we have a similar set up with a washer/dryer, work table w/ curtain, and armoire, all on one side under the window. Also, I really love the louvered closet you made that looks really smart.

Little Vintage Cottage said...

What a great idea, I love how you used them to hide the washer/dryer best! This room looks so nice!

Tania

Laurel Stephens said...

Nice score on the doors, Anne. I love the new uncluttered look.

Shirlee said...

You always have such great ideas. Love the doors to hide the side of the laundry machines and the tip about using the pipe insulation as a sound barrier. My laundry area is in desperate need of some TLC and it's the first space you walk into when you head downstairs. It's a dark, ugly unfinished space. I want to disguise the side of the dryer and you've given me a great idea to look for some doors now.
The addition of the doors to the storage unit keeps everything neat and tidy. What a cute and organized space.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow...you find a solution for everything!...a beautiful solution and how great to have found those shutters...Great job Anne...as always!!!

Cynthia said...

Anne what a wonderful addition to the room. I love them

Cindy

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Excellent! It looks great.

Amy Ellis said...

Love that you gave your residence a name!! I think that is so fun. They do that in Europe, don't they? Such as, Downton Abbey...:) Great use of old shutters and bifold and very clever how you retrofitted the shelving door.

Linda Walker said...

This is such a clever idea and you did a wonderful job putting it all together! I love the way it looks! You can never go wrong with the shutter look. Gives the area nice, clean cottage appeal.
Linda
mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

Anne Davis said...

Thank you Linda!!

Hartwood Roses said...

This looks really good, Anne! Using doors to cover the side of the washer and dryer is a great idea.

Art and Sand said...

How fun that you named your house.

When we bought our house we called it "The Boat House" because there was an old sailboat in the garden with flowers. The boat rotted away and the name never stuck. I'll have to think of a name.

Love your shutters!

Keep it Beautiful said...

love, love this! What a great way to hide the side and make it look so fab. it gives the room such texture with the shudder slots and then the painting on top. love it.

Elise said...

These are awesome! What a great way to dress up a laundry room!

Christine Vandormolen said...

Love shutters and old doors.....super ideas as always

Sabrina S said...

The shutters look amazing! You found a great use for them!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

The shutters really made difference, I'm looking for a set myself. It does help the room less cluttered which is always a good thing!

A Joyful Cottage said...

I like this very much, Anne. Very cottagey. :)

Anne Davis said...

Thanks so much Sabrina!

20 North Ora said...

Anne - love what you did with the shutters. Really makes that room neat and tidy. Great job!

Judy

Donna@anangloinqu├ębec said...

I love this Anne. I have a set in my basement that I have wanted to make into window shutters but still struggling with the how.... you are so good at figuring that out!!!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The way you used the shutter is great! The one that covers the side of the washer/dryer really helps creating a clean look and the one on the storage space makes a nice view from your gorgeous kitchen. Can't wait to see that cottage sign now!

Jennifer said...

You should make a sign. I like the name Ashtree Cottage! The shutter doors are a nice touch and add a nice French shabby chic touch to the laundry room.

heather meads said...

Hello Anne! I like the name Ashtree Cottage, just perfect for your lovely home. The shutters look great too - perfect!

Bliss said...

You are becoming a queen at finding solutions for what ails you. The shutters are excellent in both spots. Get the sign started.

Laurie Dickson said...

I love that you've named your home! That's so cute! the shutters are the perfect touch to your laundry, smarty pants! xo

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

What a great use of bifold doors, Anne! And I love how you hung a piece of art on the set next to the washer and dryer, it makes your laundry room feel less utilitarian and more cute room to hang out in! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Nest!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a beautiful laundry room you created Anne ! I love the shutter doors ( I bought 6 of them recently and have a few on hand from this house which I plan to use somehow LOL )
Great job!
xoxo

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Great ideas! Love your laundry room, the shutter door look amazing!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Great ideas! Love your laundry room, the shutter door look amazing!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Nova said...

love what you did with the doors! we used a pair to put on front of bookcase for doors! it keeps everything in place and out of sight! may have to steal your idea of putting handles on the doors!

ANNE said...

Thanks so much Nova! I'm so glad I could inspire you!