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How To Make A Coffee Table Out Of An Old Door

Breathe some new life into an old door by transforming it into a charming, handmade coffee table. It doesn’t take any complex tools or supplies to make a stylish coffee table out of an old door—it’s the perfect DIY project for upcycling.

Gather Materials Needed:

  • An old door
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencils or rub-on transfers (optional)
  • Two shelves
  • Four (4) shelf brackets
  • Four legs or table feet
  • Wood screws
  • Screw driver


  1. Carefully measure the door. The ideal door size for this project would equal a 42-inch wide by 16-inch deep table top. If your door size does not match this dimension, use the instructions given in this tutorial, but alter the measurements to fit your door or use a different sized door.
  2. Completely sand the door and the shelves with sandpaper. This will remove any unwanted roughness and create a smooth surface for painting.
  3. Touch up any misshaped or broken places with wood glue, putty and sandpaper.
  4. Apply one coat of primer with a roller and let it dry. Use a sanding block to smooth the primer. Wipe it off with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
  5. Lay down the door and begin to paint it. If desired, you can stencil or use rub-on transfers to create an interesting focal point. Let the paint dry.
  6. Position the shelves on the door with each shelf spaced at equal intervals. Trace the outline of the shelf onto the table top with a pencil.
  7. With a drill, attach the shelf brackets to the underside of the door and screw the shelves into place. To complete the look, you can add a strip of braided edging along the top edge of the shelves.
  8. Attach the legs or feet to the underside of the table and make sure they are secure. Your table is complete, and all that’s left to do is to find the perfect spot for it in your home or patio.

This one-of-a-kind coffee table made out of an old door is sure to make a statement in your home. Impressive and functional, it’s an easy way to add character and charm to any room or patio.

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