I am revisiting this older project, a repurposed door bookshelf. I'm updating all the photos, and sharing what I would do differently 10 years later. Look for those thoughts in bold text below.
Cut Door in Half to make Repurposed Door Bookshelf
I ripped this old door on my table saw with the help of a neighbor. This was a solid and very heavy door, impossible to handle by myself. Always trust your gut and ask for help if you feel the project is too much for you to handle.
When ripping a large project on a table saw, it's a good idea to have those extra hands to receive the project.
Make Necessary Repairs
After I ripped it I needed to do a little repair on it. Some of the dowels were cut in half by the table saw.
This door had many layers of paint. I decided to let mother nature help me “weather” the paint off. I actually cut the door months ago. Of course, I wouldn't recommend this technique.
When it got to this point I used a paint stripper to remove the remnants of paint. Always use caution when dealing with old chippy paint.
Because it had been out in the weather for so long, I had to make repairs.
Prepare Door Bookshelf for Painting
Add Shelves to Bookshelf
Embellish Repurposed Door Bookshelf with Wood Trim
Clean and Install Door Plates
Red Repurposed Door Bookshelf
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.