8 Ways to Repurpose Old Doors

With a little imagination and some good ol' elbow grease, you can transform any old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful. 

And in case you don't know how I feel about old window frames, I LOVE old doors that much more--oh doors! There are a ton of great uses for an old door.

8 Different Uses for Old Doors

1. Many old doors have recessed panels that are perfect for insetting a mirror.

2. Solid-wood doors make great tabletops, as they're already cut to a convenient size. Simply find a door you like, paint it, or strip or sand it lightly for an aged look-- then attach legs or a base that suits your style.

3. For a super-easy table, place any door atop two painted sawhorses. If the door has raised or recessed panels, consider covering it with a cut-to-size sheet of glass to provide a smooth surface for drinks or other items that might wobble.

4. Many doors are the size of bookcases, making them perfect for that (re)purpose.

5. You can install shelves on the front of a door for a quick and easy storage solution. Lots of people already attach hooks to the backs of doors to hang coats, belts, hats and other accessories.

But who says the door must be attached to a door frame?


6. Cover an old door with decorative hanging bars for towels in the bathroom, use long hooks for a coat rack in an entryway, or use smaller teacup hooks (perhaps on a smaller door) to hang jewelry.
7. One of the easiest and least expensive things you can do with an old door is cover it with chalkboard paint for an instant in-home message center.

8. Another easy use of a french door, or any door depending on the space is a room divider.  Nancy incorporated a french door hanging by chains to help divide the the dining room space from the living room yet still keeps the open feel since the rooms are not too large.
We would love for you to share some of your ideas and uses of old doors with us!

Where to find vintage doors

If you have trouble finding them, try a salvage shop, yard sale or trash pile (if your local we usually have a few in stock at the store).

Other great redo ideas for doors

These take a little doing, but are worth every repurposed penny! View ideas at http://phantasticphinds.blogspot.com/2011/11/25-ways-to-repurpose-reuse-vintage.html#sthash.HDDCqSML.dpuf