Five DIY Uses for Old Doors

Old door bench by The House of Joyful Noise.An old door is do-it-yourself gold. I never, ever advocate for holding onto stuff "just in case you might use it one day," except when it comes to vintage doors. A solid  door can substitute for a large wooden board in almost any project. Old doors exude personality. One might have interesting woodwork; another a glass window panel. They can be refinished to match newer wood, or you can utilize an existing rustic, antique finish.

I chose projects by five DIY bloggers to show you options for upcycling old doors. These bloggers have created polished, professional-looking pieces, which are actually replicable. With an old door and some basic tools, you're on your way to building a stylish and useful piece of furniture or storage solution.

DIY headboard made from an old door: DIY headboards are extraordinarily popular on the DIY blogosphere. It seems like every accomplished DIY blogger has posted his or her version of this project. It basically entails refinishing and painting an old door, and affixing legs to it. The project I chose to link to is by Vintage Headboards, a professional carpenter near Dallas. The step-by-step photos on of how he builds his vintage door headboards are ample inspiration for DIY builders. 

DIY sliding door made from an old door: DIY blogger Brenda from posted my favorite project of the bunch. Brenda took an old green barn door and hung it from a reclaimed plumbing pipe, making a really functional and striking-looking sliding door with a vintage look. It is a stylish alternative to a pocket door, which requires less carpentry work.

DIY coffee table with old door tabletop: You will not believe how flawless and polished this coffee table by blogger Beth B. from Unskinny Boppy. She took a rough-hewn old vintage door, cut it in half, framed it and added legs. The coffee table looks like something straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog, and you can follow Beth's lead and make one too.   

DIY entryway coat rack made from an old door and storage bench made of old doors: I have looked into buying mudroom storage furniture, and been shocked by the prices. Two clever DIY bloggers surmounted this challenge by building mudroom storage furniture out of old doors. Old doors are the perfect basis for a wall-mounted coat rack and a storage bench for errant shoes.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

Updated October 25, 2018.

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