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Uses for Old Doors

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Old doors often have distinctive designs that can make them useful for many types of decorating ideas. Finding ways to incorporate that old door in your decorating will prevent it from just going to waste. This is a guide about uses for old doors.


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By 24 found this helpful
April 12, 2010

I took an old closet door and a stack of plates which didn't sell at my yard sale and turned it all into a usable coffee table.

Approximate Time: One Saturday



  1. Remove the hardware from the door and scrape as much paint off as you can.

  2. Give a quick, light sanding to keep all the dings and scratches in the wood.

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  4. Measure the door to desired table length, mark, and cut off the ends, to use as legs.

  5. Break your stack of old plates into pieces and glue them on (as a mosaic).

  6. Cover the area with grout and once dried, sponge on some white acyrlic paint over the entire area. A damp cloth removes the excess paint from the plate pieces.

  7. Use the brackets to attach the legs on underneath and then cover the entire door with a polycrylic gloss finish.

By Tracy from Matheson, ON

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By 18 found this helpful
May 21, 2009

When I see a door that someone is discarding, I haul it home and set it up my back yard. I usually hook them between a couple of trees with bungee cords.


By kflocey from Gladwin, MI

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August 25, 2011

I am swapping a smaller craft room for the living/dining room in my apartment. The living room will be in the bedroom, and I am about half done with "The Great Swap of 2011"!

I am using a water heater closet door for a work desk, on two matching file cabinets. Being that it's not my door, I wanted to protect it. I went to the local St. V's and found a twin mattress protector for .25 and it fits perfectly!


If you need a desk or work space, an old door is great. Or perhaps you need a temporary picnic table for this year's Labor Day Picnic. This will protect it and never be seen under the tablecloth!

Hope this helps!

Source: I needed something and found it at the local thrift store!

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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By 0 found this helpful
May 21, 2013

I had an old door so I padded and covered it made head broad for a king size bed.

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