An Old Door Upcycle

3 Days

I am in the middle of a huge kitchen remodel (This explains the utter chaos in the background of all the pictures). Unfortunately, the home improvement center lost my floor tiles. So we are kind of stuck until they are found. In the meantime, I decided to build a hall tree for the breakfast nook space.
I found a nice solid old door at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for just a couple of dollars.
The door just happened to be the exact width of two craft crates that I got on sale. I went to the hardware store and got one board to top off the crates and one for a shelf.
I replaced the glass with bead board... it was more practical. And then Lots and lots of paint... First I painted everything with black acrylic paint I had left over from another project. (Sorry, forgot to take pictures of this part). Then when that dried I coated everything with a white satin acrylic paint. This job was made easier by the help of a girlfriend and a glass of wine.
I put it all together with some brackets and hooks and decorative knobs I got 75% off at the craft store. I then distressed it lightly and glazed it with Valspar Antiquing Glaze. I really like it because I wanted it more black and white than brown and the glaze was the perfect color.
Here is the finished product. I will probably add baskets to the top and inside the crates once it is in place. I think it will go beautifully in the breakfast nook of my farmhouse inspired kitchen.

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  • Denise Roesch Beres
    on Jul 2, 2018

    Is this top heavy? I have an old door and would like to try this idea, but I’m afraid it would tip over.

    • Shandele Broyles
      on Jul 7, 2018

      If you have little ones just get some little brackets and attach the top to the wall. You won't be able to see it.

  • Amy Archibald
    on Apr 15, 2019

    How did you get the distressed look?

    • Megan
      on Apr 15, 2019

      I first painted the door black. Then I painted white over it. I sanded where I wanted it to look worn so the black would come through. Lastly I went over it with Valspar Antiquing Glaze, but any type of glaze or antiquing wax would work!

  • Eddie
    on Jun 23, 2019

    What's the dementions of the crate's you used?

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  • Cindy John
    on Jan 28, 2019

    I am definitely going to try this. Seems simple Thanks

  • Joanie
    on Jan 29, 2019

    I think I would be using this door as a DOOR for my back porch......It looks terrific.

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