You are going to love what you can do with old doors. I personally was amazed to discover all the different ways they could be used for. If you are the type of person that goes to yard sales then chances are after this post you are going to start looking for as many as you can find.

old door mini bar

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What a terrific idea for setting up a mini bar on your patio. The only extra you need to find is a table to attach to. You may even have something around the home already that you can re-purpose. If you don’t like the weathered look then you can strip the wood down and give it a fresh coat of paint.

Who would have thought a garden gate!

door gate

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Turning this french door into a gate would not be all that difficult. You can even utilize cheap fencing to attach it to like the lattice you see here in the picture.


door kitchen island

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You can use different types of doors to create the perfect kitchen island.

Putting those doors to a practical use:

door table

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The doors had either been stained on the inside or had just absorbed many years worth of dust and dirt as they were definitely dark and dirty.  I sanded the upper surfaces of the ribs with an orbital sander and finished them by hand.  The surfaces of the pockets I also attempted to sand with the orbital sander, but it was pretty tricky and I ended up eating up my sanding pads pretty quickly due to the disc bumping against the edges and tearing the pads.  The thing I found that worked best was my metal grill brush.  It would easily take the loose materials off and would do a sort of sanding action as well.  I wasn’t too worried about getting the surfaces of the pockets smooth since they were going to be filled with 1/2″ of epoxy in the end.  Please note when sanding, it is highly advisable to use a respirator or at the very least, a dust mask.

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corner door

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How often have you looked for the perfect corner hutch only to find out that it can cost a fortune. Can you imagine that you can make one out of an old door?

Stripping old paint:

The old door you are salvaging in may just not be the look you are wanting. So this means doing a little work to remove the old paint and varnish…this video will help

Repainting tips:

If you have decided that you are going to repaint the door here are some tips to help you with this task:

For convenience, it’s tempting to leave a door hanging on its hinges when you paint. But for a smooth finish, you have to lay it flat and remove the hinges, knobs and other hardware. With the door laid flat on sawhorses, you can spread paint more quickly and not worry about drips and paint sags. And you can still paint both sides in a day if you rest the door on lag screws.

Drill one 3/16-in. hole in the bottom of the door and two at the top, then turn 4-in. by 1/4-in. lag screws 1-1/2 in. into the door. Spread the sawhorses apart just enough so that the door doesn’t touch either side but rests entirely on the bolts. Paint the first side, then just rotate the door on the single bolt at the bottom of the door while holding the other two bolts.

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Door seating anyone??

door bench

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You could customize this so many different ways. Perhaps make it a double mirror. Or add a bench cushion to it.

Don’t rule out the many uses for screen doors either.



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