Transform Doors Into Creative Decorations

At Remodelista, we’ve looked into reclaimed doors as decor before (see 5 Quick Fixes: Repurposed Doors as Decor). Bon, a large, atmospheric bistro in Bucharest, Romania, takes the concept to a new level in its interior, which is completely paneled in old doors. Here is a detailed look at this inventive space.

Above: More than 200 salvaged doors (as well as shutters and windows) were used as paneling. The restaurant is the work of Corvin Christian and Vlad Vieru, two Bucharest-based architects who often collaborate, and, not coincidentally, also work as film production designers. ”Central Bucharest and Romania in general is going through a craze of demolishing old buildings, unfortunately, ” says Christian. “Our approach is an attempt to keep some memories of the disappearing past.”

Above L: Doors with glass windows were used to create a temperature-controlled wine room. Above R: The original paint on the doors was largely preserved: “We left most as we found them, while shades of a few were altered to [work with] the discreet three-tone color scheme (white, blue, and red),” says Christian.

Above: To delineate sections in the long main room, the floor shifts from parquet to cement tiles. It’s furnished with chairs as varied as its doors.

Above: Glass-paneled doors create privacy screens around some of the tables.

Above: The Orangerie is lined with old louvered doors in tropical shades.

Traveling to Romania? If so, take a look at this other inventive cafe.

60 comments

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

You can also use old doors as tables. I had a yard sale and ran out of tables, so we used an old door across 2 sawhorses. It worked great.

Jane Cassi
Jane C.3 years ago

Like the look, but not something most of us could do at home.

Joanna W.
Joanna W.3 years ago

great ideas

GGmaSheila D.
GGmaSheila D.3 years ago

My luck I'd spend hours trying to find the right door to leave the room...

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M.3 years ago

Thank you Remodelista, all are beautiful, but all this pictures are transformations just for business.
Why don't you show us something more realistic, and friendly cost to use for our normal doors at home?

Carol P.
Carol P.3 years ago

Hahaha. Those are all pretty hideous.

Arild Warud
Arild Warud3 years ago

TY.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers3 years ago

Some good ideas.

Joy T.
Joy T.3 years ago

Very cool! Old doors can come in real handy!

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

super cool!!
love old doors-thanks