One of my all time favorite “re-purpose” projects that we have done at our house started with an old door.
A friend of ours is a contractor, and he had gotten the job of turning the town’s old drug store into a restaurant. This wasn’t just any drugstore…this was the mainstreet drugstore…the one that had been there forever. Imagine my excitement when I got called to see if I wanted one of the original front doors!
We decided to make a corner curio cabinent out of the old door.
Beautiful, isn’t it? Here’s how we did it:
- Run the edges of the door through a table saw to bevel the side edges to a 45 degree angle. This lets the door fit snugly into the corner of the room.
- Save the drop from the cuts (triangle shaped scrap). We will use them later.
- Hold the door in place, adjusting it until both the left and right front edge of the door are equal distance from the room corner.
- Reaching through the door, mark the wall at the inside edge of the door. Remove the door and measure from the corner to the mark.
- Take 1/2″ plywood and cut it 6″ shorter than the door height. The first piece is cut to fit from the room corner to the wall mark on the left side. Bevel the cut at 45 degrees so that the door will fit smoothly to the plywood.
- Fasten the plywood to the wall (slightly above the base board) with 1 3/4″ drywall screws into the wall studs. Repeat the process on the right side of the room corner.
- Fasten the triangle shaped scrap from the first 2 cuts to the back of the door edges, holding it off the edge far enough for the plywood to nest into (1/2″).
- The door is then test fitted against the plywood pieces, and fastened in place by drilling & screwing through the triangle scrap pieces into the plywood. (This way the fasteners cannot be seen.)
- With the door fitted in place, mark the desired location for each shelf so that the shelves will line up with the base of the door opening, slightly above the top of the door opening and with each window mullion (frame).
- Remove the door, and cut a 1/4 round and fasten it to the plywood with finish nails to act as shelf supports.
- Cut plywood to size to form the bottom shelf and cabinet ceiling.
- Paint the plywood and 1/4 round flat black before reattaching the door.
In order to get glass cut to fit properly, I cut cardboard templates until I had an accurate fit. I took the template to the local glass shop and had glass shelves made.
The door was black when I got it so I dry brushed white paint over it…I love how it still looks aged.
There is no glass in the door window so we were able to slide the shelves right in.
I know the instructions in this tutorial were a bit lengthy, so please feel free to email me if you have any questions! I just love the finished product…and love the history behind this old front door!
Have you ever re-purposed an old front door? If so, how?