Turning an old door into something useful when you replace it not only extends its usefulness, but it also saves you money. Here are dozens of innovative DIY hacks you can use to upcycle an old door.
Our personal favorite idea has to do with hanging an old door on your wall. It might seem crazy to do this, but when you find out why people around the world have been doing it, you might just do the same thing at your home. It’s surprisingly artsy and actually functional too!
1) Create an Outdoor Nook
You can attach four doors with some hinges and install a roof to create this darling little nook.
2) Build a Nightstand
This nightstand was crafted from an old door, some pieces of fencing, and two squares of wood. You can get the directions on how to make one on your own here.
3) Construct a Garden Fence
Using doors to create a fence creates a beautiful focal point in your yard. You can make a foundation for your doors or secure them with some posts.
4) Construct a Garden Shed
This garden shed is absolutely adorable and was made with a few old doors.
5) Build a Bookshelf
This is a simple project that involves hanging some shelves on a door frame. You can attach a built-in light if you want to make it fancier.
Another method for this project is to remove the door’s inlays and use the wooden pieces as a shelf.
6) Construct a Hallway Table With Storage
You can attach a door to an existing small set of drawers to create this hallway table stand. You can even add a shelf up top and also include some hooks.
7) Install a Drink Station or Bar
This is the most adorable project and is perfect for inside or outside your home when you are entertaining. There are lots of different designs for these so you can get creative. You can find instructions on how to make one here.
8) Make a Potting Table
You can upcycle a door and a table to create a DIY potting table for your garden. You can get a tutorial and check out different designs here.
9) Build a Bench
You can create a bench from some doors in about 60 minutes. Get the tutorial here.
10) Make a Planter
Just hang some pots on a door to create a cute planter. You can find the tutorial on how to make the one below here.
11) Construct an Outdoor Swing
You can also use some doors to create an upcycled swing. Here‘s how they did it at Huckleberry Lane.
12) Make a Table
You can toss some legs onto an old door and turn it into a table.
13) Build a Jewelry Organizer
Add some hooks to a door, and use it as a jewelry organizer.
14) Turn Into a Kitchen Island
If you have some carpentry skills, you can create a base and add a door to it to create a kitchen island.
15) Make a Chalkboard
If you hang a door and use some chalkboard paint, you can turn a door into your family’s message board.
16) Build an Accent Table
This door was combined with a half table and shelf to create an adorable garden station or accent table.
17) Turn Into a Room Divider
These glass doors were repositioned and used to create a closed-off little nook.
18) Use as a Bedframe Accent Piece
This vintage glass door was positioned above a bed frame to create a shabby chic-looking accent piece for your bedroom.
19) Repurpose Into a Mirror
This door was repurposed into a mirror along with a convenient hook to hang clothing from.
20) Make Shelves
A few floating shelves were added to this old door to make a neat shelf.
21) Use as a Headboard
This door is now a headboard that includes a convenient lamp.
22) Turn Into a Family Calendar
You can slap a coat of some chalkboard paint to create a unique family calendar.
23) Build a Bathroom Organizer
Why go out and buy an expensive bathroom organizer? All you need to do is attach a simple hanging shelf and towel rack to an old door.
24) Make a Laundry Folding Table
Just nail the door frame to your wall, and use some chains to secure the door in order to create this really neat-looking laundry table.
25) Make a Picture Display
You can use an old door to create this charming photo display.
26) Turn Into a Coat Hanger
A few hooks and a few crates were added to this old door to make this really cool coat hanger.
27) Construct a Coffee Table
Need a coffee table? Chop up a door, put it back together again in the shape of a box, and add some casters to it.
28) Build a Garden Trellis
The frames of this door were salvaged and repurposed into a garden trellis.
29) Use as a Garden Door
Make your garden look like another dimension with this magical garden door. Just prop up a door against your fence, and make a creative doorway for it. Add some reflective paper behind the windows of the doors to make it look magical. Find out how it’s done here.
30) Build a Porch Swing
You can also turn some old doors into a sweet outdoor swing. This project even uses parts of a table so it’s completely upcycled. Learn how to make it here.
31) Use as an Outdoor Backdrop
If your patio or sitting space is looking a little bare, try giving it a backdrop. Placing two vintage doors together is the perfect way to create the backdrop. It gives the space a unique feel.
32) Turn it Into a Tool Shed
Create a beautiful shed from old doors. This design uses four. Learn how to make it here.
33) Transform it Into a Pergola
Doors make the perfect building materials for a pergola. These ones are brightly painted to create a bold accent in the garden. All you have to do is create some structure for the roof.
34) Construct an Outdoor Message Board
You can turn an old door into a really cool outdoor message board with a coat of chalkboard paint. You can change up your inspirational messages each season. It’s a very simple project to do.
35) Build a Sliding Pantry Door
Attach the old door to a track and add some rollers to the bottom to make a perfect sliding pantry door.
36) Turn it Into a Desk With Shelf
Stand an old door up, and attach a table. Follow this with some corbels and planks to make a desk with a shelf.
37) Use as an Outdoor Hanging Table
Hang your old door from a tree branch using some sturdy rope. The door makes a perfect table for a picnic when used this way.
38) Rebuild Into a Sofa
Tear apart your door, and use the wood to build a sofa frame. Add some cushions for comfort.
39) Turn it Into a Corner Shelf
Save some space by cornering your shelving with this colorful old door. The directions can be found here.
40) Construct an Entryway Organizer
Need a place to toss random things on when you come into the house? Affix a door to a shelf or chest, and paint them the same color. Learn how to make the one below here.
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Not only can upcycling an old door give an area in your home more character, it is good for the environment too. Consider the previous DIY upcycling projects to turn your old doors into useful items around your home.