DIY projects, Thrifty Finds

New Life for a Vintage Door

While antique shopping a month or so ago, I came across four old/vintage doors. At $10.00 each, I bought all four.  As usual, I had no immediate idea what I was going to do with them. They were just cool and I had to have them. 😉

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I decided to make a cabinet to hang on an empty wall in my kitchen. It’s the area where we keep our cat’s food and water bowls, so I thought the cabinet would be a good place to store her food, (in really cute containers of course!) instead of on top of the fridge.

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I didn’t take pictures of all the steps, but it’s a simple piece to make. First I took a hammer and GENTLY tapped on the wood spindles in the door to pop out the glass. To my amazement, the glass stayed in one piece. Once the glass and spindles were out of the door, I sanded, spackled and painted the door with white chalk paint. After the paint dried, I attached chicken wire to the inside door using staples.

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For the cabinet structure, I got really technical. (NOT!) I laid the door flat on the ground, and build the structure around the door. I used 1 x 8s for the sides and scrap pieces of 2 x 4s for the bottom and top. I used my Kreg jig to attach the sides together. As you can see in the above picture, I forgot to flip over the bottom piece so the Kreg hole wouldn’t show. Ugh.

I added leftover trim to the top and bottom of the cabinet then stained everything Provincial by MinWax. The door is hung to the cabinet with it’s original hinges. I added a knob to the top corner that turns to open and close the door.

I nailed bead board to the back of the cabinet. (Bought at Lowes and cut to size there.)

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I added three shelves inside the cabinet. They are 1 x 6s, cut to size, then covered in grass cloth wallpaper I had on hand. I choose to use the wall paper because I didn’t want to wait for paint or stain to dry. (I’m an impatient DIY-er!) I just wet the paper, wrapped the shelf and was good to go.

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It’s not perfect, but it was fun to build and it adds character to a space that had nothing going on. So next time to come across an old door somewhere, bring it home. You just never know… 🙂

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