Doors Repurposed: A New Life for an Old Door

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I needed an outdoor table. I decided I could make one so I headed to the local salvage store and bought door. Soon after, I happened upon a table I couldn't live without — bought table. The "door" was left to spend the rest of the year weathering in the backyard, much to my significant other's dismay. I was issued what would be the last warning — "Do something with the door or I will". I sanded through layers of paint and revealed one gorgeous door! So gorgeous in fact, I'm a bit stumped with how to use it, for fear I'll ruin its vintage beauty. So here lies the culmination of my door-repurposing search. Perhaps some of you will be as inspired as I was.

Door Repurposing Ideas:

  • Freestanding shelving unit
  • Garden decor or planter
  • Chalkboard
  • Headboard
  • Book display
  • Ceiling panels
  • Corkboard
  • Table or desk
  • Potting bench
  • Kitchen pot rack
  • Folding screen
  • Room dividers

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. I might be more confused now than I was before! I don't need a new table and I'm pretty sure my type of door won't look right as a headboard. Currently, I'm leaning towards painting the top panel of the door with chalkboard paint and adding a narrow shelf for small potted plants just below where the doorknob would sit. I'll keep you posted on my progress, but what are your faves?

And in case you need even more inspiration, here are a few more door-related posts from our archives:

Images: 1, Salvaged Grace; 2, Salvaged Grace; 3, reNOUNed nest; 4, Emily A Clark; 5, shelterterrific; 6 & 8 Cactus Creek Daily; 7, Design Sponge; 9, home Made; 10, home sweet homemade; 11, Paper Street Antiques; 12, Junk Market Style; 13, Apartment Therapy: San Francisco; 14, re-nest; 15, House Beautiful via CiaoInteriors; 16, Inside Real Estate; 17 & 18, MHenry