5 Tips To Repurpose Old Doors

| 5 December 2016

It’s often hard to figure out what exactly to do with old doors when they have outlived their useful life. You don’t want to simply toss them in the trash, as many doors contain useful materials, or have the potential to be useful objects in and of themselves. If you have recently replaced a door, or know that you are going to be doing so, below are five tips to help you find another use for them in and around your home.

5 Tips For Repurposing Old Doors

  1. Room Dividers

    If you have old, panelled glass doors, a great way to repurpose them is as room dividers. They are a great way to break up the space in a bedroom or home office, and the fact that they are transparent means that you won’t feel like you have broken the room up too much. If they are made of old wood, it can also add a great rustic feel to the room, provided that it meshes well with the decorative theme.

  2. Book Shelf

    Old doors make a great backing for a bookshelf, so why not grab a couple of two by fours, and add some simple shelves. You can use the door as is to achieve an antique look, or do a little finishing work to create something that looks chic and new. A little creativity goes a long way.

  3. Chalkboard Art

    If you have an old door, you can easily turn it into a piece of art in your home by glueing on a piece of hardboard and applying some chalkboard paint. With something inspirational drawn or written on it, and placed in a high traffic area, this simple decorative piece can add a lot of charm to your home.

  4. Headboards

    Every bed needs a headboard. Why not turn your old door into the perfect, original headboard to give any bedroom a creative touch. All you need is some paint to make sure that old door matches the colour theme of the room and presto, you have a brand new, cost effective headboard.

  5. Outdoor Bench

    If you have a nice garden in your back or front yard, it’s always nice to have a bench so that you can sit and appreciate it. A repurposed door is a great way to ensure that your bench is in harmony with nature, keeping the principles of recycling and reusing in mind. Just make sure to sand it down well so that there are no splinter hazards.

With some creativity and a little elbow grease, you can easily turn your old doors into useful pieces around your home, whether decorative, or purely functional. If you, or someone you know has an old door laying around that is destined for the junk yard, keep the above five tips for repurposing old doors in mind and provide your old door with a new lease on life.

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