How to Make a Side Table with Parts from an Old Door

From Door to Decor: How to Create a Unique Side Table with an Old Door

In all honesty, this project started out to be a piece of wall art. It would have crystal knobs for hanging and an old door plate as an accent, etc. I had the post written and everything, I just needed to finish the project and add photos. I was showing my dad how I created the piece and he suggested it would be a better table top. I thought that was an excellent idea! Dad is my definite “creative go-to guy”! So it was off the revamp the post and create a table instead of a piece of art (I’ll save that project for later!).

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When I created the Old Door Bench, I cut the door down on the table saw so it would be a little more symmetrical (and a little more manageable!). I was left with two perfectly good pieces of the door when inspiration struck – why not combine the two and create one stunning piece? Yahoo!

I forgot to take a photo of the pieces before I assembled them – d’oh! Anyway, I used my Kreg jig and drilled pocket holes in the smaller piece.
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I used face clamps to align the pieces, then secured them together using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Long ago, when the door was actually used as a “door”, the edges were planed to fit correctly in the opening. Therefore, when I secured the pieces together, they didn’t quit match on the side edges. I straightened them up on the table saw which worked perfectly. I definitely suggest having a helper when cleaning up a piece like this on the table saw. Things have a way of getting really tricky really fast!
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I gave the piece a thorough sanding using 100 grit, 150, grit, then 220 grit. Since it was a very humid day and the glue wasn’t drying, I clamped it so that the pieces would be fully secured to each other. I used Dry Dex to fill the line where the pieces joined, as well as to fill the pocket holes.

Once the Dry Dex was dry, I sanded the piece again using 320 grit then painted it using Behr Premium Plus in Delicate Lace.

I had some tapered 2×2 table legs laying around so I created a base with birch plywood aprons for the table. See this post on How to Use a Tapering Jig on the Table Saw to create your own table legs. It is really easy, I swear! I painted the base in Valspar’s Almost Charcoal. I attached the base to the top from the underside.

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I taped off the center panel on the top and painted it Almost Charcoal. I sealed the entire table using Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a phrase in vinyl for the center panel. (Any phrase or vinyl decal purchased at a craft or hobby store will work!)
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I even left the holes in the side where the hinge used to be…

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I think Dad had a great idea! What do you think? Have questions about how to make a side table using parts from an old door? Leave a comment below!

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Originally posted 2013-07-02 08:00:44.


  • Angela Gilmore says:

    This is so gorgeous! I love it!

    • CherTexter says:

      Thank you so much, Angela! I really love the way it came out… I had a few moments where I wasn’t too sure about it! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Kristen Duke says:

    This turned out great! I love repurposing things like this.

    • CherTexter says:

      Thank you so much, Kristen! I really like being able to use all parts of something I am using in a project, does that make sense? Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but luckily, this did! Thanks for stopping by!

  • swedishcornerdownunderpernilla says:

    Awesome!! The tables look great 🙂 Winter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

    • CherTexter says:

      Thank you very much, Pernilla! I appreciate it! Have a wonderful winter and thanks for stopping by!!

  • CherTexter says:

    Thank you so much, Tammy! I will head over now!!

  • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    What a great project! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s All My Bloggy Friends! I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

    • CherTexter says:

      Thank you very much! It was such a fun project and I almost hate to part with it but I have no room! I have something special up my sleeve for this week! Thanks again!

  • D@TheShadyPorch says:

    I love that you’re making something so useful and pretty out of scrap! Great project! It will be a feature project at the Rock N Share tomorrow. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  • Kathy Penney says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful repurpose at All Things Pretty! I loved it and chose it as one of the features.

  • CherTexter says:

    Oh, wow, thank you Tammy!! How awesome!! I cannot wait to share again!

  • […] This little table was made using part of a door that was cut to make a bench, and this piece almost became a piece of wall art! I built a frame with legs, then attached the door piece to the top. A piece of acrylic or Plexiglas can be added to the top for a solid surface. […]

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