Did you need to get a new door for your house? Don’t throw out that old one just yet!
Have you ever thought of an old door as something you can upcycle? If you haven’t, prepare to be inspired by the thought of turning old doors into tables after reading this post.
Whether a coffee table, a dining table, a picnic table, or a DIY desk for your home office there are many different ways you can transform a door into something new.
Sometimes a quality door outlasts the structure it once called home such as an old barn door.
Other times, some doors are no longer functional as a door but can easily be used for something else such as a table top.
With just a few tools, some table legs, and some elbow grease, you can turn that door into your own custom table.
Can you turn a door into a table?
Yes, and turning a door into a table is a fairly easy project. It’s a great way to give old things a new life. And the best part is avoiding the price tag of a new table.
Turning a door into a table is fairly simple and mostly consists of adding on (premade) legs and a glass top or acrylic top.
Additionally, you can add a coat of paint or two or add other decorative elements.
Best places to find old doors
If you love the rustic charm of tables made from old doors but you don’t actually have one yourself, you could rescue one from an uncertain fate! Here are some places to look:
- Facebook marketplace
- Garage sales
- Thrift stores
- Flea markets
- Estate sales
- Antique store
Things to decide before starting your door table DIY Project
You’ll want to determine a few things such as:
- the desired height of the table;
- how you want the finished look to appear (polished, smooth surface, or an unfinished, rustic look);
- if your door has panels do you need a glass top to make it level or can you live with parts of the table top being higher than others (sometimes this can work well for a coffee table for example)
Possible tools and supplies needed for your door table DIY
This isn’t a complete list nor do you need all of these items for every door-to-table DIY project.
It will depend completely on which tutorial you follow, the type of door you’re repurposing, and the kind of table you’re building.
- Miter saw
- Wood glue
- Kreg jig (easily creates pocket holes)
- Pocket hole screws
- Wood screws
- Wood filler
- Circular saw
- Table base (hairpin legs, pipe legs)
- Nail gun
- Painter’s tape
Turning Old Doors into Tables
15 Was to turning Old Doors Into Tables - The Tutorials
There are so many different ways old doors can be turned into tables.
Whether you're starting with an old barn door, a front door to a house, a small cabinet door, a glass door, or a hollow door, it is completely possible to create a table from it!
The below tutorials show how turning old doors into tables is completely possible.
Barn Door Into Outdoor Table
Reclaimed barn wood is a coveted treat amongst DIYers. This piece of wood has been turned into an outdoor table with plenty of legroom!
DIY Old Door Desk
Learn how to take a chippy old wooden door and turn it into a beautiful desk for your cottage farmhouse home office.
Salvaged Door Table
Here’s a step-by-step guide to make a stable, functioning table out of a classic, reclaimed door. After the build, a tempered plate glass top is all you’ll need to finish off the piece!
From Door to DIY Desk
Use these step-by-step directions to make this DIY Desk from an old, salvaged door.
Old Door Turned Coffee Table
This door uses a table not only for the top but also for the sides of the table meaning you also don’t need to worry about purchasing or finding legs. I also love the fact the doorknobs and hinges were left on. So much character!
Cupboard Door into Art Desk Tutorial
This clever tutorial takes cabinet doors and turns them into the cutest little art desk for kids. You can make several all different colors if you have several kids. So much fun!
How to Turn a Door into a Dining Table in 6 Steps
This full step by step tutorial shows you how to turn an old front door into a new (to you) dining room table.
Turn an Old Door into a Farmhouse Style Coffee Table
This farmhouse-style DIY coffee table can bring a lot of character to your living room by transforming an old door.
Vintage Door Table with Epoxy
This tutorial takes an ordinary door and turns it into a one-of-a-kind dining room table with an adorable design detail.
Wood Coffee Table from Door
Check out this tutorial that turns an old door pulled out of a dumpster and transformed into a wooden coffee table.
Stained Glass Door Table DIY
Your repurposed door table can have color too! This old glass door was transformed into a beautiful "stained glass" door using this tutorial.
DIY Work Table from a Repurposed Door
This DIY work or craft table was made on a budget using an old interior door for the tabletop and some simple pieces of wood. This table is perfect for a craft room!
How to Build a Desk with an Old Hollow-Core Door
Using a hollow-core door that once lived on their bathroom linen closet, this tutorial transforms it into a desk that’s the right size for their space. This type of door would also work great as a console table given its size.
Vintage Door Coffee Table DIY
If a large rectangle table isn’t going to work for your space, this tutorial shows how to trim a door down to the smaller size you need or want.
Other creative ideas for repurposing old doors
You can make a smaller version of any of the above with cabinet door panels.
There are lots of different options for repurposing old doors and not all of them involve tables.
Here are a few other innovative ideas:
- Hall Tree
- Garden Arch
- Porch Swing
- Corner Shelf
- Room Divider
Looking for even more upcycled furniture ideas? Here are some great tutorials and inspiration for all different kinds of furniture ideas, not just tables.
- How to Upcycle a Chest of Drawers – the ‘Pink Lady’
- How to Upcycle a Cot Bed into a Garden Bench
- 13 Fun Ideas for Upcycling Old Chairs
- How to Upcycle a Vintage Buffet – Graphite & Gold
- How to Upcycle a Bureau into an Art Deco Drinks Cabinet
- How to Upcycle a Velour Armchair – Using Paint
- How to Upcycle a Dressing Table: An Art Deco Style Makeover
- 47 Upcycled Planter Ideas that are Easy to Make
Have you transformed an old door into a table? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
New to upcycling? Check out this post that explains it all!: