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Upcycled Louver Door Corner Cabinet

Spring for me is the awakening of nature, a much-needed break from the cold winter days (which I have yet to have), and the ever-fun city spring cleanup. haha. I am serious! What could be more fun that looking for free things that can not only be saved from the dump, but turned into beautiful things, right? Take for instance this set of wooden louver doors. I instantly grabbed them up and am going to show you how they became an upcycled louver door shelf. (giveaway alert!)

Wooden Doors Found Curbside by Prodigal Pieces |

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My goal this year was to replenish my salvaged wood stash and boy did I score some awesome things. You can imagine my delight when I pulled up and saw these doors laying there. In my truck they went along with all the other fun goodies I’ve been showing you on social media.

The doors were in great shape for the most part, except they had been cut on the top and bottom to apparently be shortened for a custom fit. Nevertheless, they still had plenty of life left and did not need to be trashed.

To get this upcycled louver door project started, I first made the necessary repairs to rebuild it a bit before making any changes. My nailer, wood filler, and wood glue were my best friends. hee hee.

Repairing Wooden Louver Doors for Upcycling |

I took note of any repairs that needed made, and took care of those. I left the hinges in tact so I could use that to hold my corner shelf together. However, I removed the door knob and filled the hole.

To mount the shelves, I used scrap bed slats, also found on the curb, ripped in half and cut to length. JC was a huge help running the table saw while I worked on other cuts.

Cutting Wood Slats with Table Saw and Miter Saw for Upcycled Louver Doors | Prodigal Pieces |

I then mitered the outside ends on a 45° angle with my miter saw and attached with screws. I chose to use no less than 12″ for each shelf spacing so that can allow most books and random object to fit. Bonus is that the mitered ends will allow me to add a face to each shelf to hide the shelf braces in the next steps.

Next, to create the shelves, I took note of the depth of the 45° angle they were set at and cut a triangular piece out of sanded cabinet grade plywood using my circular saw and table saw. Attaching the shelves was simple using my brad nailer and nailing from the top down into the side braces we just attached.

Ryobi Nailer to Add Corner Shelves to DIY Corner Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The next step was to cut the face piece to cover the front edge of the shelf and have it also hide the braces holding the shelf underneath. Measure the width of your opening and cut to length with a mitered edge at a 45° angle pointing inward, and attach pieces with a brad nailer. I also chose to add a bit of corner round to the back edge of each shelf to keep things from falling behind and some decorative trim to the tops and bottom to give it a more finished touch. Before I did that though, I used my Corner Cat to give my shelves a good sanding.

Ryobi Corner Cat for Sanding Upcycled Louver Door Corner Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Building Corner Shelf from Upcycled Louver Doors by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

To add the last decorative bits I mentioned above to my upcycled louver door project, I measured the lengths from the corner and mitered each end at a 45° angle with my miter box and saw. Last, I finish up with by filling all nail holes with wood filler and gave it a good sanding. Here it is ready for the fun part!

Assembled Upcycled Louver Door Corner Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

If there’s one dreaded job in the painting world, it surely is painting louvers by hand. (can I get an amen?) Whether it’s on a closet doors, shutters, or on furniture, they can be a beast. But no fear! The Super Finish Max Extra Paint/Stain Sprayer comes to the my rescue. With the interchangeable tips on this paint sprayer, you can paint or stain this set to your heart’s desire. It’s a blast to use, literally, and fast to clean all while giving you fantastic coverage and finish.

HomeRight Super Finish Max with Interchangeable Tips for your DIY Paint and Stain Projects | Prodigal Pieces |

For this project, I chose to paint and am using the black nozzle with the blue tips. Also, be sure to wear protective eye wear, a respirator, and hearing protection as well. Here’s a video I created for a past project to give you a visual. Consider yourself invited to come see my other videos on my YouTube channel.

Since I’ve chosen to paint, I start off by spraying on a primer to prep the wood and create a cohesive undercoat.

Spraying Primer on Upcycled Louver Door Corner Shelf with HomeRight Super Finish Max by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Allow it time to cure and you’re ready for the next step. The key to a great finish is getting the sprayer settings correct before beginning:

  • Practice on scrap wood or cardboard to get the flow right.
  • Keep the sprayer about 10-12 inches from your surface
  • Move using your shoulder, not your wrist.
  • Begin spraying before you hit the project and continue until off the project.
  • Clean up your sprayer by following manufacturer instructions and let dry until you are ready do your topcoats.

Once the primer has cured, I apply my first coat of paint. In this instance I’m using a seconds paint in a green tint by Behr in an eggshell finish. I showed this picture to you guys on Facebook asking you to help me name the color, and almost all of you came back with a blue related name, particularly Caribbean. However, it’s really a green with a hint of blue. See what I mean below.

Beautiful Green with a Hint of Blue in this Seconds Paint | Prodigal Pieces |

Only two coats will be needed to get the look I’m after and I make sure to let each coat cure at least two hours before adding another coat.

Spray Painting Louver Door Shelf with HomeRight Super Finish Max by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I was done in a matter of 15 minutes for each coat, which is like lightning compared to using a brush. Woot! You can’t get much better than that.

And we’re done! My upcycled louver doors from the trash (what I like to call #trashure) have found a new life as a repurposed corner shelf.

Upcycled Corner Shelf Made from Upcycled Louver Doors Found on the Curb by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Vintage Boho Decor Featured on Repurposed Louver Door Corner Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

Teal Green Upcycled Louver Door Shelf with Boho Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

All it took was a little building and some painting fun to create functional and stylish storage. I got to go down memory lane bringing out my vintage and antique camera collection to stage this new build.

Vintage Camera Collection by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Corner Shelf Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces by Upcycling a Pair of Wooden Louver Doors |

I even finished the backside so that it can be freestanding in a space as well.

Back of Louvered Corner Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

This upcycled louver door shelf was so fun to create and finish with my sprayer. I’m not able to keep this gem, so if you’d like to have it in your home, you can find it available for purchase in my online shop along with all my other found and created goodies.

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DIY Repurposed Corner Shelf Built out of Wooden Louver Doors by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Now for some more fun! HomeRight and I are all about empowering you to create your own DIY project, whether it’s painting a piece of furniture or your home. The right tools are key and this paint sprayer is a must-have in your arsenal! We’re giving away a this Super Finish Max Extra to one of you.  {{applause}}

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Do pin and share this upcycled louver door corner shelf to inspire others to give DIY a try and to create less waste. There really is a purpose for almost anything.

Grab those old louver doors and get your build on! You can create this upcycled louver door corner shelf with a few basic supplies and the right tools. Come get the tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at

Up next, I’m sharing what I did with these two items I pulled out of my next door neighbors’ pile of spring cleanup trash. Love me some #trashure!

Curbside Ash Tray and Flower Vase Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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More projects with using an upcycled louver door:

Who would have thought repurposed louver doors could look so good? Larissa of Prodigal Pieces made a functional and stylish coat or towel rack perfect for your home. Come get the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comCheck out this Repurposed Kitchen Island Cart all made from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces |

150 replies on “Upcycled Louver Door Corner Cabinet”

Hey Larissa and family! Oddly enough, I have some louvered doors I want to paint. One I am using, with S hooks, to hang my quilting rulers on. The others are 2 sets of closet doors in need of refreshing… a LOT of refreshing. As in they’ll need some sanding first. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

Our lawn furniture needs repainted so badly. I painted it with spray paint cans a few years ago but they’re looking bad again 🙂

I’m jealous! You are quite the carpenter. I have several pieces of furniture to paint and a sprayer would get them done in record time! If I don’t win one, I’m still buying one! Keep up the inspiration Larissa.

Nice work! And the color is really fun! I have a few projects that I am dreading to paint – the sprayer might be just the key. thanks for always providing such great inspiration to all us readers! Hugs!

Love the makeover. The HomeRight paint sprayer would be perfect for some patio chairs. Have a great day and I hope some beautiful spring weather is headed your way!

I am always painting different ipieces of furniture. IM thinking this would be really cool to use on ny fence..I would get that done in a snap.

What a great idea for making a corner shelf! I have a dresser that will become a kitchen island that the HomeRight would be perfect for! Thank you for all of your great ideas!

I have several pieces of furniture I want to paint. A sprayer would help quite a bit and yours looks like it does a fantastic job.

WOW! I have some smaller panels I picked up awhile ago and I’ve been working on getting ideas on how to use them. I think I can make a smaller version for my yard. Really I wish I could send them to you so you could work your magic on them, lol! This shelf is wonderful and I love the color. Would love a sprayer too. Thanks Larissa for all your inspiration 💖

Sometimes I just wonder why people toss the things that they do! This corner shelf came out so nice with the extra trim pieces you added. The color is very pretty and I like that you painted her all the way around so she could be free standing! Well done my friend!!!!

You make using a sprayer look so easy and effortless. I really need to take mine out of the box and practice. Love how this project turned out.

This turned out so cute. I have a dresser that I want to turn into a TV console. The sprayer would come in handy for this.

I love that color! Can’t wait to see what you do with the ash tray. Would love to win the sprayer since my outdoor wicker chairs need repainted. Not looking forward to using spray paint.

Was going to paint my farmhouse table and six chairs for SURE this summer…now I would spray paint them for SURE!!

Great color! I’ve got a French door,just awaiting this same door makeover…a corner shelf unit. Would definitely use the homeroght max sprayer for that project. Not to mention many others,

What a great idea! I actually bought a set of louvered doors and am trying to work myself up to trying a kitchen island similar to the one you made (or a rolling cart for my craft room).

Great idea, Larissa! I have a couple of louvered doors that once served as a hanging wall for some wreaths I was selling at craft fairs. Didn’t know until your blog just what I would do with them. Thanks for the inspiration! The Lord works His wonders in mysterious ways, which is why I didn’t discard the doors. Blessings to you and your family.

I love this levour make over, I’ve done several little make overs with shutters, but they are the little ones. They are a pain to paint, but I don’t have a a sprayer. Sure would be nice to win one!

Hi Larissa. Beautiful trashure! Love the color! I’m sure I would put that sprayer to good use with some signs and things for the shop! Thanks for sharing.

Love this corner shelf! It would look great in my guest bathroom! 😉 We have a buffet in our dining room that we are looking to update, so that would probably be the first thing we would paint.

The shelf is a lovely green, but that paint really looked blue in the can. Would love to win the sprayer, thanks for giveaway.

Love the color one of my favorites. The sprayer would come in handy because I have to respray a lot of out door items each year & its a pain to do but really looks a lot better.

I love what you did with the shutters! I painted some with a brush and it took forever. I have more shutter projects in mind and the sprayer would make it easier.

You are so so talented, nice job!

I have a laundry list of projects around and outside the house I would use this for!

Yes, I love the project and hope to see a lot more of them. I would probably do something similar with cabinets and hope it turns out just as awesome as you did.

I’m working on making a 12′ long wall into craft storage by building 2 corner cabinets and shelving units in between. There will be doors on some sections. That’s A LOT of cutting and painting to do! Sprayer would really help out!

Love that project, and it was FREE!! You saved it’s life from that landfill, way to go! I NEED to win the sprayer as I would LOVE it every day for the rest of my life, and I would also keep it VERY busy with all my projects! Thanks for having the contest!

How cool! I really like the detail you put into finishing those shelves- nice! I kind of envy you your neighborhood “shopping” days, haha! I do my part by putting my trash-or-donate pile out by the street with a “free” sign anytime I clean out the garage or storage room. My husband always objects because we live way out on a low-travel dirt road, and who’s going to take that out here? It goes every time. I can’t believe what is happily snatched up! I mean, I like junk too, and this is MY junk JUNK!
I have so many painting projects! I’m going to be doing some today as soon as it warms up! A sprayer would be SO COOL!!!

Love this project- something like this can go in any room! Hubby n I have been researching different spray paint machines so perfect timing. I’m stepping up my inner DIYer this year so have several tools n supplies on my list. Thank you for a great guve away Larissa!

This would be great!! I love the corner shelf and they are such space savers. I love DIY projects and my next one is to make myself a headboard that I want to use the same doors for. Going to get mine from a thrift store and recycle and this would make painting them a breeze

Another great makeover! I have so many projects that need refinished and it takes me sooo long to paint with paintbrush. I’m wanting to get better at diy this year and need tools. The paint sprayer would be a fabulous asset to have. Thanks for the giveaway and for your inspiration!!

We would use it for a lot!! Were moving this summer to a bigger house but it needs A TON of work ! This would be a blessing!

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