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Recycled Garage Door

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My husband and I replaced our old solid wood garage door and I knew the sections were at risk of heading off to the dump in my husband's truck if i didn't come up for a use for them! I wanted more outdoor seating so I decided to create a large outdoor bench using two of the better sections. I used the one section for the top and then divided the other section in thirds and used them as the "legs". I then scraped the loose paint and used a heat gun to remove some more. I wanted some of the paint to stay since it really made it look weathered. I gave it a good sanding and then added some wax to help it hold up just for this summer. I am trying to find some marine polyurethane so I can really seal it well. I added some pillows which just makes it really comfortable and we use it all the time!
Update: I sealed this with Helmsman Outdoor Polyurethane and it has held up well.

To see more: http://reposhture.blogspot.com/2012/07/garage-doorbench.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Reposhture Studio - Kim
    Reposhture Studio - Kim Pittsburgh, PA
    on Nov 1, 2013

    I actually added one of the bearings pins (they go in the track) to the top and hung a wreath from it in my booth where I sell my furniture. It sold in about a week! Here are some photos of it. I didn't do anything to it except scrape the flaky paint. To add the bearing pin, I drilled a hole using a bit that was slightly smaller in diameter and then pounded it in using my rubber mallet. This is so versatile, you could add shelves to the back and lean against your wall, add chicken wire behind and clip old photos to it, use it as a trellis in your garden but add sturdy brackets to the back and attach to wall, or hang it on the wall horizontally like I did with my steampunk door decor (pic below, which also has the pulley from this same garage door!) and just use it as cool architecture in your home. So save those garage doors!

    • Tammy T
      Tammy T Spokane, WA
      on Nov 1, 2013

      @Reposhture Studio - Kim That I like

  • Shirley
    Shirley Beacon, NY
    on Nov 1, 2013

    thanks for the great idea. We also have an old wooden garage door that needs replacing and I hated the idea of it just going to a junkyard. Now some of it can be salvaged.

  • Tammy T
    Tammy T Spokane, WA
    on Nov 1, 2013

    I'm fussy. I would add a top board with some cushioning, maybe leatherette covered seat. And paint. But that is just me

  • Lorraine D
    Lorraine D Huntington Woods, MI
    on Nov 1, 2013

    nice job!

  • Yvette Gerace
    Yvette Gerace Warren, MI
    on Nov 1, 2013

    I want the glass panel!!

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