7 ways you can repurpose an old door


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7 ways you can repurpose an old door

By emily.bailey

Thursday, February 8, 2018

7 ways you can repurpose an old door

Restoring salvaged items has been popular for a long time, but how do you know what to do with a piece once you’ve found it?



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Restoring salvaged items has been popular for a long time, but how do you know what to do with a piece once you’ve found it? Maybe you found a really cool door at a salvage yard or you bought a new door for your house but don’t want to throw the old one away. What do you do with it other than propping it up against a wall?


Check out all the ways you can repurpose a door, proving doors can do more than just hang on hinges in a door frame.


Renee over at Bulb to Blossom went the extra mile on this bookshelf and added a light to the top of it. We love the fabric she chose for the door to help tie it in with the rest of her décor.


Corners are almost always some of the most wasted spaces in a home. An old door converted into a shelf makes perfect use of this awkward space. Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous painted her corner door shelf bright turquoise to add a pop of color to the room.


If you’re lucky enough to find a door full of windows, it’s a great opportunity to showcase some of your favorite photographs. Julie, of Redhead Can Decorate, had the perfect door for this project and used it to display photos of her children. She also used rope lighting to backlight the door and really make it stand out from its surroundings.


We love this project from Design Sponge that repurposes an old stall door into a sliding storage space. Sliding doors are a great option when you want to save space but still have privacy. You could do the same project with most doors, but the open top half of the stall door allows you to showcase what you want and hide what you don’t want seen.


If you want to do something different with an old door, check out this project also from Design Sponge. Instead of using the door as decoration, they turned it into a couch frame. Using the cushions from an old, broken-down couch and a reclaimed hardwood door, they created a one-of-a-kind couch with a handcrafted look.


Love the idea of the couch but don’t have the indoor space? This project from Dumped and Discovered might be right up your alley. With a reclaimed door and some extra wood for the seat, they created an outdoor bench that’s perfect for any garden.


Have some extra space in your front entryway but don’t know what to do with it? Check out this entry bench – also known as a hall tree – that Hillary at The Friendly Home created. This project used two doors, but since it serves as both a coat rack and storage bench, we think it was probably worth it.

Do you have extra doors you’ve been saving for the perfect project? Have you done reclaimed door DIY? Share your project with us on Facebook.