What to do with old hollow core doors?

Teddie Simpson
by Teddie Simpson
I replaced my flat panel interiors with 6 panel doors. 7 doors in all; two of which are bifold doors. Any suggestion on what I can do with these doors?
  10 answers
  • Tonia Tonia on Jul 30, 2015
    You can build lots of things shelving, headboards, room dividers, tables.
  • Debra Pilchard Debra Pilchard on Jul 30, 2015
    I would make room screens out of them. I once took 4 doors,hinged them going in opposites direction,painted them to seal the wood, covered them in a pretty material(over padding) trimmed them out ,put ornate coat hooks on the back of the middle one and used it in my house where ever I needed something blocked off or privacy.
  • Z Z on Jul 30, 2015
    I've used one as a desk top for our daughter when she was a preteen, and also to make floating (bracketless) shelves for a client some years ago. I found a tutorial online for you since my photos are on another computer. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/super-simple-shelving-from-hol-73131 But my first thought was to use them as canvas for painting pictures on like Cassity from Remodelaholic had her Mom do for her son's room. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zCxfQHYNyjo/TZU9FqM1CmI/AAAAAAAAIOk/eHshM-GQN50/s1600/momspainting.JPG
  • Sally Gillies Sally Gillies on Jul 31, 2015
    I used a hollow-core door to build a beautiful table. Get 4x4 wood for the legs and attach with heavy L-brackets. For the sides (about 6") I used 2x4s and cut them to be flush with the legs so the sides run all the way to the corners. Now's the fun part. I bought some lightweight balsa wood and created a chevron pattern. Be sure to find the center of the table and use a chalk line. Then cut your angle and start gluing the pieces down. Trim at the edges. I put on several coats of clear-coat polyurethane. The result was a very hard surface with a lot of nice detail. Best wishes for your success!
  • Laveta Moody-Thomas Laveta Moody-Thomas on Jul 31, 2015
    I made potting bench from the doors that I took down. I chalk painted it, stenciled my name on it, modpodged vintage pictures of flowers and tiled the top with mosaic tiles and glass beads from the dollar store.
  • Rus1058682 Rus1058682 on Jul 31, 2015
    I like Becky's idea of the hidden bracket shelves.. You can never have enough shelves.. Lol
  • Sally Gillies Sally Gillies on Aug 01, 2015
    Oh, don't I wish. That beautiful table when to furniture heaven. No pix
  • Terrimb Terrimb on Aug 04, 2015
    if you personally have no use for that many doors, call your local habitat for humanity restore... often they will come and pick them up
  • Diane Fairbanks Diane Fairbanks on Aug 11, 2015
    I bought some cheap laminate bookshelves--3 shelf cases. After assembling 4 bookcases, I just placed the doors on top of the bookshelves for an instant craft table, with storage on the shelves on both ends, and in the middle, underneath there is tons of room to store large boxes or bins. You could even put the bookshelves on casters if you wanted them to be really portable. I did not secure the doors to the tops of the bookshelves, but it can easily be done. I ended up with a 60 x 80 craft table that is plenty big enough for my bulkiest drapery/duvet projects, and have less than $70 into it. One of the handiest things I have ever made, by far! Those flat panel doors also make a great inexpensive desk, by putting them on top of filing cabinets or stock kitchen cabinets from your local big box store, or ReStore. You can paint everything to match as you like it. Bifold doors can be painted and hinged together to make a screen, for inside or outside, to hide not-so-pretty views. I envy you having so many doors to make new projects with!
  • Luke Korth Luke Korth on Apr 28, 2018

    I called our habitat for humanity store and they do not take hollow core doors. :(