Everything in the house gets old, even those wooden doors that have been on its hinges since the house was made. Eventually, those doors will have to be replaced. Or perhaps, you’re remodelling your house and the old doors you had simply won’t do anymore. In any case, there are instances wherein doors are unhinged and thrown into the attic for later use. Well, now’s the time to take out those doors and turn them into something new. Antique doors have an endless list of new possibilities. If you don’t have any old doors lying around but you want to try out making new things out of them, you can salvage antique doors at a very cheap price from yard sales, thrift stores, or maybe even antique shops. Here are seven creative ways you can repurpose old doors.
1. Outdoor Beverage Station
Spending some time in the garden or in the yard won’t be complete without cold beverages to help beat the heat. By turning an old door into an outdoor beverage station, you’ll have an efficient and stylish way to serve your drinks. This is especially useful for outdoor events. Just add some shelving and a galvanized tray to your antique door for a rustic beverage station.
Many old doors actually have recessed panels that you can use for installing a mirror. It’s very easy to find an inexpensive full-length mirror which you can cut into the size of the recessed panel with a glass-cutting tool. Sand the area you’ll be placing the mirror in then glue the mirror in place using mastic. Hang the mirrored old door to give an antique touch to any room.
3. Accent Piece
If you’re looking to fill up an empty space in a room, you can use an old door as an accent piece. Of course, you’ll have to revamp it a little to make it more suitable for the room. With some decoupage and old wallpaper, any beat-up door can look like a beautiful, antique piece of art.
4. Room Divider
It’s always nice to have a definite space meant for specific tasks but sometimes, a limited number of rooms will give you no choice but to force one room into serving two functions. So if you want to separate a space meant for something like your desk or home office from the rest of the room, you can set up some room dividers. Old, salvaged doors make great room dividers most especially since doors are just the right height. Add some glass panels to make the door room divider transparent.
Books, especially old ones, have a distinct elegant sort of antiqueness feel within them. Bookshelves can give books even more charm than they already have. Just by adding an upholstered backboard and a couple of shelves on an old door, you can get a rustic bookshelf that’s perfect for holding and organizing your books.
Wooden doors make great table tops. Just find a door you like, paint it, sand it if you want an aged look, then finally, attach some legs or base to hold it up. Because of how convenient the size of a door is, you can use it for something as simple as a coffee table or something as grand as a dinner table. If the door has recessed panels, cover it with a sheet of glass for a smooth surface to put your food and drinks on.
7. Photo Display
If you’re fond of taking and displaying photos, using an old door is one clever and beautiful way to do it. Stick your photos on a glass-paned door then illuminate it from the back using rope lights to create an enchanting, dim glow.