I love old doors of all kinds. Repurposed doors are perfect for new and useful projects to add pizzazz to your home. They are easily found at thrift stores, yard sales, and my personal favorite—your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I have used them a lot in my projects, but I have also compiled some other projects from around the the web to inspire you.
Project Ideas for the Entryway
The hall tree that inspired me to make the blue hall tree above is this great two-toned hall tree by Refresh Restyle.
This one matches the door in the first picture, I picked up two of these $2 doors, and to this day I’m wondering why I didn’t buy ALL of them. The blue hall tree was trimmed out with some 1x4’s to make it look like a paneled door. This project was dressed up with a dresser mirror.
Some projects are easier than others. This simple black small entryway hall tree is from the archives, and even a beginner could make this.
Easy hall tree project, simply attach a small side table to an antique one and paint to match.
Even louvered ones can be used to make hall trees or shelving units.
Pretty Handy Girl made this sweet nightstand project which inspired a friend of mine who asked me to make one for her. (below)
My friend Jan had hauled a this thing around through several moves, and asked me to use it to make her a similar nightstand of her own.
This roundup wouldn’t be complete without sharing all of the good, the bad, and the ugly. (this was from MRL, the early years)
Just to show you that color really can make or break a project, look how beautiful this hall tree from Junk Chic Cottage is all painted in white!
Here's a repurposed one as a coffee table from Joan, one of our contributors.
Project Ideas : Bookcases
This red bookcase is one of my earlier projects.
I was inspired by Blue Roof Cabin to make this repurposed bookshelf, which is one of my most pinned projects.
My very first door project was this large corner cabinet..
DIY shelf from Refresh Restyle
How to use them as an outdoor arbor.
This old exterior one was made to make a fun and functional potting bench.
Vintage door made into a porch swing from Huckleberry Lane.
An old paneled one makes a great bench, in this case a small doll bench.
Here's a simple bench using half of a door!
If you’d like a larger bench, here’s a great old chippy bench project from Thistlewood Farms
Blue chair bench from Dumped and Discovered.
Vintage Screen Doors
Repurposed Vintage Storm used as a craft show display.
Another one made into a memo chalkboard.
How about a pantry from The Olde Farmhouse on Windmill Hill
trunks or chests
Cutting up heavy ones can be challenging, but oh so worth it because they make such trunks and chests.
Here’s another repurposed chest. This blanket chest was made from a hollow core door.
Doors make great headboards! I made this headboard for my bedroom out of the ugliest door ever.
I made this repurposed door headboard for the queen sized bed in my guest room.
Beautiful headboard made from a door by Vintage Revivals.
Assorted projects made from old doors
When they are flat, they can be used as desks and tables, such as in this sawhorse desk.
An old friend of mine, Sharon S. inspired me to make this Toddler Bed out of a very old chippy door.
Using old random doors to make a screen or room divider from Thistlewood Farms.
This roundup of old door projects will be updated as I find great new projects to inspire you. I would love for you to pin this image so others can find all of these great ideas.
If YOU have a great repurposed door project that you would like for me to include in this roundup, please drop me a line or leave a link in a comment below.
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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.