UpCycle a Vintage Door
So it’s the last minutes of a sale. Two huge swinging doors. Price $100. I offer $20 for both and $5 for them to deliver. They accept. Priceless....and from this, beautiful Leaning Shelves.
The first step is to cut out the top four rectangles of the door. I drilled holes in each corner to make it easier to make the cuts on each side.
The second step I cut out each section using a skill saw and sanded each cut smooth.
Step three. I cut a one by ten board the same height as the door. I made a diagonal mark from one corner of the board to the other to form the back triangular supports of the shelf. I cut it with a skill saw.
- Step four. I attached the cut sides of the supports to the back of the door lining the board up with the inside edge of the shelves. I used 2.5 inch Trim Head Screws. These screws are great because they sink tightly into the wood and cannot be seen. It leaves a small hole that can be easily filled with putty.
Step five. I measure the width and depth of each shelf and cut pieces to fit. Try to align it with the lip of the shelf and the back of the door. Level it with a level and attach it to the side supports. Repeat with the other three shelves.
Step six. I cut wood pieces ( 1x8” deck planking) the width of the back and applied it with 2.5 inch screws. I choose to apply the boards horizontally but you can also apply them vertically. I also added one inch quarter round trim along the back supports to give it a more finished look.
Step seven. I sanded the door to prepare it for paint. I filled the holes and imperfections on the door with Durham’s Water Putty. I then stained the inside of the shelves with Min-Wax Provencial Stain. I then painted the door and the back of the piece with Clark and Kensington “Gateway Arch“ paint which is a gray/brown color. I used a coat of Min-Wax Clear Finishing Wax as a sealer for the paint. I shined the brass push plate for the door and reattached it. I left the big clunky hinges on to give it an industrial look.
The finished project is a fun and functional piece that works in any room. For Hometalkers who want to build this, it is not as complex as you may think. I used basic hand and power tools and you don’t need to be a master carpenter. If you find this kind of door, snatch it up. I will be glad to answer your questions about this project.
Here is the finished brother to the first one.
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