Reusing Old Doors to Build a Coffee Table

A pair of old, blue doors.
What You'll Need
Old wood door
Paint and stain supplies
Drill and drill bits
Old table base
8 'L'-shaped metal brackets

Reusing or recycling old things can be a fun and rewarding experience. Old doors are an especially great candidate for this treatment. Many of them have a lot of character and can be re-styled as unique coffee tables. A wood door will work best for this project, but you should be able to substitute a metal one if you choose. Here's how to get started.

Step 1 — Cut to Size and Sand

Measure the door and cut one of two ways: The door can overlap the reused table base or you can cut it to match the table base exactly. Once you have cut the door, sand down all its surfaces.

Step 2 — Paint and Stain

Use a high-gloss paint in a tone that compliments your existing furniture or décor. Paint all surfaces, including the base of the old table. Wait for it to dry and put on another coat of the paint. Since it is a recycled piece, the look will be shabby but elegant. Use the stain to do a light coat over the paint. It will leave a lacquered-like finish that, once dry, will show the paint color underneath as well.

Step 3 — Attach to the Base

Use the 'L' brackets to attach the table to the base. You can hide the brackets by putting them on the inside of the leg and painting it with the same paint color you used for the wood. Secure the table onto 2 sides of each leg in order to make certain that it is indeed secure.

Step 4 — Accessorize the Table

You can choose to leave the table as it is or you can add a piece of glass to it for an added piece of elegance. The glass will protect the wood as well as give it the added flair that you might need in a more formal room. Yes, it is possible to get a formal look from a rustic piece of recycled furniture!

There you have it! It isn't just efficient to reuse something old, it can also be a fun project that will spruce up your indoor or outdoor space. If you choose to use it outdoors, protect the wood with a few coats of polyurethane before subjecting it to the elements.

Doing this project should not take a lot of time, and most of it will be spent sanding the old door down and waiting for the paint to dry. Everything else should take under an hour to complete.