Turn an Old Door Into a New Table

upcycled door table

Creating a table out of an old door can really be as simple as 1-2-3. The best places to find an old door are asking neighbors or friends, or even in your own basement, which is where I found mine. My landlord was happy to part with one of the many forgotten doors from long ago. You can also try a local architectural salvage shop.

If you’ve never upcycled old furniture, this project will open the door to just how simple it is, once you’ve found the right piece. And if you like the patchwork chairs paired with the table, stay tuned to Made + Remade, because that project is coming up soon!

upcycled door table

Another view of the door table

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Step 1

 Open Gallerypainting your door

Start With An Old Door

Choose your door. A solid door is best. Then, paint your door and let dry. If you’re using acrylic house paint, then coat with a layer of shellac after the paint is dry.

Step 2

 Open Galleryattaching legs to door

Attach Table Legs with Drill

Attach the table legs to the four corners on the bottom side of the door. If you’re using a hollow door, make sure the legs come to the solid edge, to ensure that the screws are fully secured.

Step 3

 Open Galleryfinishing your table

Finish with Glass

Flip your table over. Add glass, if you’d like. If you have beveled panels like my door, measure the panels and subtract a ¼” from your measurements. Either get your glass cut at your local hardware, framing store, online, or do-it-yourself! I recommend glass that’s at least ¼” thick. If your bevel is more than ¼”, then use rubber spacers to make the glass flush with the rest of the table surface. If you’re cutting your own, you can upcycle glass from old tabletops. You can also cover the entire door, if you’d like, just be extremely careful of sharp edges. Your door turned table is the perfect portal into more repurposing projects!

Materials

Tools

  • Paint
  • Paint brush or roller
  • Shellac
  • Drill
About Tiffany Threadgould 

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I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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4 Responses

  1. Nice tip, Carol! Filing cabinets are a great table base solution plus bonus extra storage space! Love that the doorknob is the perfect spot for computer cords.

  2. Carol B says:

    That should say bedroom door. Sorry all.

  3. Carol B says:

    My friend and I turned a discarded bedroom into a desk. She found 2 of the 3 drawer filing cabinets in the same height at a thrift store. We then added 2 coats of poly to protect the top, removed the doorknob and used the hole created to thread the computer and printer/fax/scanner cords. We did not attach them to the file cabinets in order to leave it more portable for moving to a different location. Looks and works great.

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