Ideas for using an old door... or two!

When changing the doors in a home it seems such a waste to throw them away. Secondhand stores, antique shops and salvage yards, as well as online auctions and classifieds are full of wonderful old doors that can be given a new life in so many different ways. If you have an old door that you can't bear to throw out, take a look at some of the ways to repurpose doors.

Using an old door to create a photo gallery for an entrance hall, passageway or feature wall is a wonderful way to not only repurpose a door, but also to put your treasured photographs on display.

An old door can make an attractive feature for an entrance hall, like the one shown below with mirrors added to the panels and a decorative shelf with hooks for hanging coats, etc.





Grab some Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray and turn an old door into a weekly calendar or notice board. This is a great way to keep track of daily events, homework and appointments!

Two old doors found at a salvage yard are repurposed as bedside panels for mounting decorating sconces. The colours used in the room were taken from the doors, with an upholstered headboard made up in the same paint colour as on the doors.

Old doors are ideal for repurposing as headboards, whether hollow-core or solid wood doors. Leave unpainted for a rustic decor style or paint in bright hues to add a splash of colour to a bedroom.

If you are looking for storage that is affordable and unique, these old doors are repurposed into bathroom storage shelves simply by adding boards in decreasing widths to make a staggered shelf unit.

Another way to use an old door for storage is to turn it into a corner shelf unit. Cut the door in half using a jigsaw or circular saw, arrange the two sections to fit into a corner and cut shelves to mount onto the sides. Or, use the door as the front frame for a corner shelf unit.

If you love shopping for bargains and secondhand finds this vintage table is finished off with an old door painted to match. The glass panes have been replaced with chicken wire, which can be used to add a decorative feature or be used for hanging your jewellery.

Take and old wood door, pop on castor wheels and presto... you have a mobile coffee table. You will find a selection of castors at your local Builders Warehouse.

If you need a quick and easy table for outdoor dining, nothing could be easier than an old door popped on top of a couple of trestles! Grab a couple of cans of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in your choice of colours and add an interesting feature to your patio or deck.

Old doors can be used to create an interesting feature in any garden. Above, a decorative water feature becomes a focal point with the addition of two doors that frame the beautiful eye-catching arrangement. And it's so easy to use old doors to make your own quaint potting shed.

Create an outdoor setting on a patio or deck using French doors found at a salvage yard or removed from your own home. On this deck secondhand bargains are arranged in front of the doors for a charming display and a relaxing place to sit.

If you have some old doors lying around, or perhaps taking up wanted space in your home, think about how these can be repurposed and used in the home - or garden.