Before & After: New Uses for Old Doors

updated Jul 15, 2020
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After moving to Saratoga Springs, NY, which is famous for its horses and horse track, Lucianna Samu became obsessed with old horse stall doors. She began collecting and refurbishing the doors for projects around the house. Below are pictures of a liquor cabinet and a kitchen pantry that Lucianna created by hanging the doors on modern sliding rails.

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According to Lucianna,

My advice is that the lighter the door, the easier and less expensive the installation. I’ve even used closet by-pass door tracks at times, which are fine for lightweight or odd-ball doors. Better hardware, while more costly, can be left exposed as a decorative element. My hardware is utilitarian, and my doors are super heavy (150 pounds!), so I designed a simple trim detail to hide the works. This is a super space-saving way to install doors and an excellent means to grab some storage space just about anywhere. While I have a soft spot for barn doors, I’ve done this with new flat panel doors painted in fun designs or colors, and all sorts of odd or interesting doors.
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You can find more project details and pictures on Design Sponge. To learn more about Lucianna, head over to her blog.

• Before & After: An Old Door Becomes a Toddler Bed
• Before & After: Old Door to Herringbone Table
• Before & After: Painting the Front Door

(Images: Lucianna Samu)