Old Door Love


I posted the article about Gigi and her re-purposed doors just last evening and my email was flooded this morning with requests for ideas when re-purposing old doors. I am happy to share some of my favorites and also help you figure out where the creations will work best in your home. You can send in your design dilemmas and project questions in our Just Ask category. Old doors make wonderful tables and using shutters or pieces of an old door for the sides creates the perfect coffee table. You can find old doors just about anywhere from thrift stores and garage sales to architectural salvage shops and even curb side (junk- week is where I have found some of my best old doors).


Learn how to create this fabulous DIY from Bulb to Blossom, adding shelving to a vintage door to create a a shabby chic statement piece. The industrial lighting is the perfect complement to the vintage door in addition to the picture perfect styling. If you are bold enough to use a vintage door on your kitchen island the design impact will be huge. I have had clients leave the top of the door exactly as is and others that have covered the door with a glass top, this is a personal preference  I especially like how the modern cabinets and elements of this kitchen work with this vintage door on the island.


Old doors make perfect headboards; add a crown molding and a fresh coat of paint for a finished look. Below, add a practical side to this folk art wall decor with a magnetic chalk board in the panels, here’s how. This rustic home office could easily work in a family room or open plan kitchen.


I love how this old door painted in tangerine, then distressed creates the perfect back drop for a lovely chair, see the rest of this unique house on Design Sponge. Further below,   an old french door is the perfect fit for a mud room featuring fun family photos and hooks. I hope this is enough inspiration for my readers that emailed the requests in, if not send more questions in Just Ask, I’m happy to help.



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  • Connie

    I love the headboard. You’ve sparked my imagination; I’m thinking of the chalk board idea hung low (and of course secured) for my toddler to draw on in our playroom. The separated chalk areas could make it really interesting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Love that idea for the playroom!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katherine.laffeyruggiero Katherine Laffey-Ruggiero

    LOVE many of the door ideas! chalk board, desk, photo gallery :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Thanks Kathy, my Mom is making the shelving unit with the light too funny she is 70 :) I love the photo gallery that would look great in your house.