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Repurposing Old Cabinet Doors

Updated on May 8, 2013
Raised panel door with a cathedral arch painted to look like a window view
Raised panel door with a cathedral arch painted to look like a window view | Source

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:

  • Rope
  • Craft jewels
  • Twine
  • Ribbon
  • Small tiles
  • Twigs
  • Wood cut outs
  • Buttons
  • Wire

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.

Raised panel door with chalkboard paint
Raised panel door with chalkboard paint | Source

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.

Glass panel door
Glass panel door | Source

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.

Slab like door with door handles used as hooks for hanging items
Slab like door with door handles used as hooks for hanging items | Source

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.

Flat panel drawer front
Flat panel drawer front | Source

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.


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      4wardthinker 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thanks jpcmc. It's always fun to come up with new ideas.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      What a creative way of using old cabinet doors. With a little imagination, we can really make beautiful stuff.

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      4wardthinker 5 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thanks for reading DonnaCSmith.

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      4wardthinker 5 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thanks for reading and voting up! I'm glad you liked my ideas.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 5 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Cute ideas!

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      Wow. Great ideas and a very creative hub. These looks good too. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      4wardthinker 5 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      What a great idea using coffee percolators. I hope you have a hub on it. I would love to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      4wardthinker I just love repurposing! I make lamps out of old coffee percolators. Thanks for an interesting hub. I look forward to following you and reading more.


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