We went yard-sailing (pun intended) back in May, and found these marvelous solid wood closet doors for $4. They had louvered doors, and were in perfect shape. I knew immediately what we would do with them – it just took us six months to get around to it.
Greg took his circular saw and cut out the wood slats in each panel. We painted the whole thing white, but with only one coat, since I didn’t want it to look too perfect. We cut fabric to fit in the panels, and sewed it over narrow dowel rods, which we then wedged in place where the slats used to be. We added a hinge, then switched the knobs to the other side (why? because we had put the fabric panels in backwards, which was brilliant of us). The result:
I’m so thrilled with how it came out, more elegant and classy than I could have imagined. (Now we just have to move the pictures that are hanging behind it, since they’re obviously hidden now.)