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Repurposing Old Cabinet Doors
More Than A Door
Do you happen to have some old cabinet doors sitting around the house? Maybe you haven't thrown them away because you thought they would be good for something. You just haven't figured out what yet. Since I am guilty of that, I have come up with a few functional ideas that can be used for the home. Doors come in different door styles and sizes so take that into consideration for your project. Panels are the inside portion of the door. There are flat panel doors, raised panels, and slab doors which are completely flat. These styles will determine what kind of project you may want to create.
Doors are great for creating fun message boards, shelves, or hanging racks. They can be embellished with different hardware, accessories, or various materials. Here are some examples to consider:
- Craft jewels
- Small tiles
- Wood cut outs
When attaching embellishments, hot glue applied with a glue gun or 6000 glue works best.
Paint the outside frame one color and the inside another. Stencil a pattern on the inside or the outside. Attach hooks or old door knobs for hanging hats, coats, towels, pet leashes.
Larger panel doors will give you a nice space to create a chalkboard. Lightly sand the surface; then dust off residue with a clean rag before painting. First paint door frame in a fun color of your choice. After it has dried, tape and paper it off the frame to protect it while painting the center panel. Spray the chalkboard paint according to manufacturers directions. *Do not hold can nozel directly over the panel. It may drip onto the surface and prevent it from being smooth.
This is a glass pane door that has been painted from the back side of the glass. To achieve this look, I painted the small details first; the houses, trees, fence, and the outline of the hills. If a house has windows, paint the house around the windows. Don't paint the windows on the house. They won't show up on the other side. Paint in layers and let the paint dry between each layer.
Flat panels make a good project for hanging knobs and hooks to create a hat or towel hanger. I found these cabinet door knobs at the Habitat For Humanity Repurpose store.
This is a small drawer front that was just the right size for a simple sign. I painted the black on the frame to break up some of the busy detail. This gave it a picture frame look.
Regardless of the style or size of the door, there is always a way to put them to good use. Besides, it makes a fun project to add to the repurposing project list.