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7 Ways to Re-Purpose Your Old Door

As more and more people are becoming eager to help protect the environment by saving and reusing materials, DIY home improvement projects are becoming increasingly popular. These ideas are great examples of an easy project that will not only make use of your old door, but also add some pizzazz to your home!

  1. Headboardsheadboards Adding a headboard to your bed can give just about any space some fantastic traditional appeal. Using an old door as a headboard creates a natural focal point in a bedroom that can create the illusion of class and whimsy, especially when paired with items like these flowing curtains and chandelier.
  2. ChalkboardschalkboardTurning your old door into a family chore chalkboard or a weekly calendar is an easy and fun way to keep your family organized. You can purchase chalkboard paint from your local hardware store and paint as you would ordinary house paint. Hang the finished door somewhere your whole family can see it and keep different colors of chalk nearby for easy individual scheduling!
  3. TablestablesThis charming keepsake table uses a lovely old windowed door to create a great storage spot for knickknacks. Not only does it let you display items without taking up unnecessary space in your home, but it keeps them safe and dust-free. This table would make a lovely addition to any room and shouldn’t be too hard of a project for a skilled DIY-er!
  4. Beds and Daybedsbeds and day bedsThis bed uses a pair of old wooden door to create a lovely bed frame that would add extra dimension to any rustically elegant bedroom. If you want a more polished look, you can sand and repaint the doors before attaching them to your existing bed frame.
  5. Mirrorsbeds and day bedsInstalling a piece of mirror in the window frame of an old door is a great way to create a charming mirror that will add some light and class to any room. Easy to hang in any area of the house, they can be ragged and rustic or polished and freshly painted to complement your décor.
  6. Storagestorage A more advanced DIY project, this storage unit has space for bins as well as coat hooks and even a bench! A perfect addition to a large front hall, it will help keep your family organized and green. It could also be used in a kitchen to store pots and pans, cookbooks or other household items.
  7. Picture framespicture framesThis charming frame holds a series of old family photographs and adds a nice personal touch to any room. Painted in a nice, bold contrast, it is an attractive accent piece that makes great use of your old doors.



  • Avatar for Taylor T Taylor T says:

    I loved this blog! We bought an old farm house and have many of the original doors and fixtures that needed to be replaced to get our home weather proofed but wanted to incorporate them back into the décor somehow. I am excited to make the old French doors into a headboard! The picture you have up really inspired me to give it a distressed look. I am now on the hunt for a chandelier that will really complete the look. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Avatar for Lee W Lee W says:

    I think that the chalkboard idea is great. We have decided to make it a family project and use our old cabinet doors to make a few mini chalkboards for our kitchen to make grocery lists, to do lists, and even a chore list for the kids. I think it will be a fun way to keep our household organized!

  • Avatar for Makayla B Makayla B says:

    The table from a reclaimed door idea is so smart. I am always on the lookout for a statement piece that is both artistic and functional. Hopefully I can find the right door for this project. I look forward to picking out the perfect keepsakes to put into the storage space.

  • Avatar for Chelsea R Chelsea R says:

    I’ve really been getting into the DIY spirit and I love pinterest because I always get so much inspiration. I like using old doors in my garden, that’s where I find it accents the best. Such a nice way to decorate the outside space and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments this summer.

  • Avatar for Cindy Sampson Cindy Sampson says:

    I just moved into a new place and I have a mattress and a boxspring but I need the actual bed frame and I’ve been running a bit low on cash lately so I’ve been looking around for creative ideas to build myself a bed without spending a ton. I actually have an old door in the garage – I never thought to use it! And paint it gold! It will look so good, thanks so much for the idea!!!

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