The ideas for using old farmhouse doors for something new are endless. Upcycling is easy if you like things rustic, and if you do not, it may take a little more time to complete your project, but worthwhile in the end. My awesome husband has been in the business of building and remodeling for about 25 years and was “THE MAN” when it came to helping me make my idea work. I was in disbelief when he told me he had been trashing old doors and windows after remodeling and sad when he said more about the items. He was trying to live up to his promise to not let junk accumulate on our property, but I have changed my mind about that idea. I realized the things you can do with the old stuff and am starting to get new ideas. So here is our first door project with a 24″ door. Directions to put it together are farther down on this page.
The farmhouse door was heavy and bulky to hang on the wall, but we anchored it secure and are happy to say we have had some good comments on it. Mainly our four adult children all want one in varying colors. Well, of course, I directed them to the tutorial below!
First, we lightly sanded off paint chips that were loose trying to preserve as much paint as possible.
We measured the width of the door, which was 24 inches. We wanted the shelf to be wider than the wall bracket board. Considering the width of the base of the saw and the panels on the door we decided to cut the door so there would be an 11″ piece and 13″ piece.
Then we clamped a straight edge board at the point we wanted to saw considering the width of the base to the blade. Then John ran the saw base against the edge of the board for a straight line. We did it this way so we could keep the hinge and knob on the farmhouse door.
We used heavy duty construction adhesive, Liquid Nails, to the edges and we held the boards together for a few minutes. While I held the boards tight, John used 3″ coarse thread deck screws, placing them at five even spaces along the edge.
Finally, John installed three old brackets with 1 1/4″ black drywall screws. Voila!
If you decide you would like to build something from old doors or windows you might need some tools?
Below are some tools we recommend and have had success with over the years. Amazon is an easy way to find what you need also. Just enter what you need in the search box below and it will take you to the right place! Have fun building!
If you love the old farmhouse look, check out this project with old windows!