Five DIY Uses for Old Doors

An old door is do-it-yourself gold. I never, ever advocate for holding onto stuff “just in case you might use it one day,” except in the case of old doors. An old door can substitute for large wooden board in almost any project that calls for one. Old doors have personality. One old door might have interesting woodwork; another might have a glass window panel. They can be refinished to match newer wood, or you can utilize an existing rustic, chippy finish.

I chose projects by five DIY bloggers to show you options for upcycling old doors. These bloggers have created polished, professional-looking pieces, which are actually replicable. With an old door and some basic tools, you’re on your way to building a stylish and useful piece of furniture or storage solution.

DIY headboard made from an old door: DIY headboards are extraordinarily popular on the DIY blog-o-sphere. It seems like every accomplished DIY blogger has posted his or her version of this project. It basically entails refinishing and painting an old door, and affixing legs to it. The project that I chose to link to is by Vintage Headboards, a professional carpenter near Dallas. The photos of his projects that he has posted on are ample inspiration for DIY builders. He has posted step-by-step photos of how he builds his vintage door headboards.

DIY sliding door made from an old door: DIY blogger Brenda from posted my favorite project of the bunch. Brenda took an old green barn door and hung it from a reclaimed plumbing pipe, making a really functional and striking-looking sliding door with a vintage look. It is a stylish alternative to a pocket door, which requires less carpentry work.

DIY coffee table with old door tabletop: You will not believe how flawless and polished this coffee table by blogger Beth B. from Unskinny Boppy. She took a rough-hewn old vintage door, cut it in half, framed it and added legs. The coffee table looks like something straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog, and you can follow Beth’s lead and make one too.

DIY entryway coat rack made from an old door and storage bench made of old doors: I have looked into buying mudroom storage furniture, and I’ve been shocked by the prices. Two skilled and clever DIY bloggers surmounted this challenge by building mudroom storage furniture out of old doors. Old doors are the perfect basis for a wall-mounted coat rack and a storage bench for errant shoes.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us about your DIY projects using old doors!

Photo of a desk made from an old door by Nicholas Todd/Flickr.

By Chaya Kurtz/Networx


Frencis Merchant
Frencis Merchant4 years ago

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Sheri P.
Sheri P4 years ago

way cool!

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago


Diane Piecara
Diane Piecara4 years ago


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Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson4 years ago

Great ideas of recycling and adds character.

Patty B.
Patty B4 years ago

Hmmm...I am going to check out the "Restore" store and Craigslist for doors ....unique and hopefully cheap.

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Nice to make the best out from what we've got

Sadie W.
Sadie W4 years ago

My headboard is made from an old set of french doors, beautiful and inspirational ideas! Thank you.

Kath P.
Kath P4 years ago

Some old doors are really've given us some food for thought on how to re-purpose them. Thanks