Old Door; New Table

16 Aug

Hi there! This is a quick little tutorial on how to make something pretty wonderful out of something pretty ugly.

So we had this old door in our basement.

 The door is on that weird yellow “humidor” looking thing.

With some imagination, tools, and paint, my wonderful hubby made (but I designed and helped paint) this:

Door turned coffee table

I don’t have the step by step photos, but I’ll be sure to do that in the future. Here are the instructions:

Step 1: Make sure door is solid wood! If it’s not this won’t work.

Step 2: Measure according to the size you want. Since we had a glass top of the door and we knew we wanted to use that, we based the design around the 36″x36″ top portion. (really he basically just cut the thing in half more or less).

Step 3: We purchased 2 4″ wooden dowels for legs. He cut 8 pieces 4″ long and 4 pieces 18″ long with his miter saw.

Step 4: Used wood screws to attach the legs in the desired position and screw in 4″ separator pieces. The design enabled us to screw the legs from both sides. Don’t attach the top yet.

Step 5: Paint all pieces. We just used some white paint we had lying around the house from the trim we had painted in the basement. I think we did use some oil based paint on one side of the door b/c oil was already existing and we didn’t want to mix oil and latex. NOTE: We did NOT prime. We wanted it to look rustic so we weren’t worried about paint chipping off and showing the yellow underneath.

Painting tip: it’s easier to just paint right over wood with glass instead of taping. Once the paint has dried some you can use a flat razor and gently scratch off the paint. Tape sometimes sticks and pulls the paint off… and it’s a pain to put on.

Step 6: Attach the top with 4 wood screws.

Step 7: Fill all holes with white wood filler

And Donzo!

Total Cost: $14+tax for the 2 4″ dowels. We had the paint and filler and the door came with the house when we moved in.

All in all it was a pretty easy project and helped us save a ton of money on a new coffee table. Plus it’s the PERFECT size for that room and it had more character.

I love it!

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2 Responses to “Old Door; New Table”

  1. Kim August 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    So cool! I love it! Wish I had a door that looked like that! 🙂

  2. Sally August 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Freakin love it! I might have to steal this idea. It looks awesome.

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