Recycling Old Doors

Painting on an old door by Cory Bonnet.

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Salvaged door message board. How-to:

Old door recycled into workbench
Gorgeous workbench / desk made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and antique hardware. Via Etsy.

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Outdoor potting table. Lots more pics:

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This Old House. How-to:

Old door coffee table. Note the still-attached doorknob.

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Old door coffee table. Note the still attached lock. More pics:

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By Mitch available via the Etsy shop, J.Crabbit, Maine:

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Old wood doors as headboard by Maria:

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Old leather doors as headboard:

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Door as a porch swing:

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Old doors as medicine cabinet. See:

Salvaged wood doors on pantry.

Old door reused as a pantry door.

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Old door reused as a slider. Image by

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An old wooden door becomes a basement door in a new house. Lots more reuse ideas:

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Salvaged wood door:

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Sliding wood door, Coastal Living. Lots more sliding doors here:

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Sliding wood doors. To save space, old painted doors from Watkins Culver Antiques were installed on rollers. Via:

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Interior barn doors in Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s California home.

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Salvaged wood door screen. Image: Tumblr

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If you don’t want to strip it, paint it!

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Salvaged wood door headboard.

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Door daybed made from two old wooden doors fit onto a daybed frame by Ida of The Urban Cottage.

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Desk made from an old door. See other images here:

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Old wooden door table by Amber Interior Design:

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Wood door as a dining table. by Basak Aydin Notz, via:

Outdoor wooden door table. Lots more pics:

Reuse door table. Legs are a door cut in half and then mouldings were added at the base and an apron at top. Recycled Desk by Eternal Furniture & Design at

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Door wall by Piet Hein Eek. Commisioned by Geusebroek and Alliantie:

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Door wall by Piet Hein Eek:

Choi Jeong Hwa 1000 Doors installation.

On Great George Street in London, an unknown artist covered the outside of a derelict tenement building with old front doors, all painted red. The building has since been demolished. Photo by Philip Mayer:

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An outdoor bench fashioned from an old chicken coop door:

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Four old doors equal an easy diy tool shed!

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Salvaged garden door.

Gateway to a secret garden, located at a conference center called Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia. Photo taken by Eileen:

Doors as Trellis.

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Image by Monica Roberts, via:

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Salvaged materials turned into a door. This double-door slider shows that just about anything can be made into a door. Crafted from: early 1900′s cypress siding (with original green paint), wood from a 100-year-old barn and wrought iron fencing. (

Old Doors for Sale

Architectural salvage warehouses and restoration businesses like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore are good places to look for old doors. eBay’s doors auction page has an interesting mix—especially if you are looking for something specific. Cool inspiration too.

A few places that specialize in selling old doors:

In CT:


Winnipeg, Canada:

How To Decorate With Old Doors

How to make a dressing vanity from an old door:

Make a headboard from an old door:

Make a coffee table from an old door:

Make a message board from an old door:

Another coffee table:

The Best Books On Decorating With Salvaged Materials

  • Salvage Secrets Design & Decor: Transform Your Home With Reclaimed Materials by Joanne Palmisano and Susan Teare.
  • Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage & Antiques by Brian Coleman and Dan Mayers
  • This Old House Salvage-Style Projects: 22 Ideas for Turning Old House Parts Into New Treasures for Your Home by Amy R. Hughes
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    Author: keiren

    Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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    I love your ideas!

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    Hugsxx Kristen


    I love this page...I have a c.1869 home with many old doors in the barn just waiting to be put to good use. I picked out a huge one with a top swing opening as the perfect 'door to my blueberry patch'! My weekend project...thanks for the inspiration!


    You have given me the inspiration I need to make an old door into my office table. Thanks so much, your site is fantastic!


    Thanks for the inspiration. My husband wanted to throw out our old doors. Now I can recycle them ... 😉


    simply BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

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    These are some of the best pics I have seen of recycled doors.

    Great job truly.

    I posted this post to Facebook.

    Tonya Ballew


    I love your pictures on old doors, great inspiration for me. I was wondering if you know if it's possible to use an old carved Indonesian door to turn it into a kitchen bench top by pouring on lacquer to fill in gaps and make it smooth and flat. Will this work and do you have any suggestions of how it should be done?

    Jo Zopf


    Looking at these photos has inspired me to do things in and around my house using the charm of recycling old doors.


    Jo Anne


    Hi thanks for the great collection of pictures and links. I love old doors and am always trying to come up with new uses for them.

    Imperial Aluminium

    nice pics of old doors. and great information about it.


    Jesus Lord im so stunned.


    hi, I have about 40 solid wood doors that I would like to donate to you. Would you be interested. Please let me know. Also, my phone number is 510-526-2665. Thank you.


    Very informative post keiren...
    Superb ideas. Will keep in mind all the things & implement it 🙂
    Thanks for posting innovative recycling ideas.


    Do you buy old doors