Old doors in gardens

Landscaping With Old Doors – How To Use Doors In Garden Design

If you’ve done some remodeling lately, you may have old doors laying around or you may notice charming old doors at a thrift shop or other local businesses for sale. When it comes to landscaping with old doors, the ideas are endless. Take a look at these easy ideas on implementing doors for gardens in a variety of unique and creative ways.

How to Upcycle Old Doors

  • Build a garden bench: Use two old doors to make a garden bench, one door for the seat and one for the backrest. You can even cut an old paneled door into quarters and make a small, one-person (or child sized) garden bench chair. There will be two long panels and two shorter panels just right for a seat, back, and sides.
  • Construct a Pergola: Two old doors in the garden can be used to build a pergola. Create a decorative edge for the bottom and then use corner braces to join the doors with a wooden arbor top. Paint and prime the pergola with exterior latex paint.
  • Fancy up a wooden fence: Hang an old door on a wooden fence or wall. Paint it with whimsical colors or let it age naturally. You can embellish it with hanging plants, herbs, antique door knockers, or other interesting items.
  • Build an old-fashioned porch swing: Doors in garden design may include old-fashioned porch swings. Construct a frame for the base using 2x4s. Add cross braces, then construct a seat with 1x4s. When the seat is completed, use the old door for the back, followed by armrests. Finish the porch swing with sturdy hanging hardware, a fresh coat of paint, and a few colorful cushions or pillows.
  • Use old doors for garden privacy: If you have several old doors in the garden, they can be used to construct a fence or a privacy screen for a sitting area, nook, or patio.
  • Design a simple garden table: Landscaping with old doors could include a picnic table. This is super simple if you happen to run across a couple of old sawhorses or reclaimed upcycled balusters. You can also use shorter legs to turn a door into a coffee table for a gathering area or add a plexiglass top for a more elegant garden table.

Reusing old doors is a great way to upcycle in the garden while creating something new and interesting. These are just some ideas you can try. There are plenty of others online or make up your own.

43 Amazing Ideas To Recycle Old Doors

Neil Cummings / Flickr (Creative Commons)

1) Framed Painting

Painting on an old door by Cory Bonnet. Originally found at “www.elanarts. com/artists/bonnet_cory/bonnet_cory.htm.”

2) Message Board

Salvaged door message board. How-to: donation2decor.com.

3) Workbench

Gorgeous workbench / desk made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and antique hardware. Via: Etsy.

4) Outdoor Potting Table

Outdoor potting table. Lots more pics: cottageandcabin.blogspot.com.

5) Corner Shelf

Custom hand made corner shelf distressed and whitewashed. Made from salvaged door circa 1906. #rustic #whitewash #distressed #handmade #cornershelf #olddoors #salvageddoors #spacesaver

A post shared by Steve Smale (@smsmale) on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:39am PST

A cute addition for any room, also helps you use those awkward corners.

6) Dressing Vanity

This Old House. A way to combine both decoration and function. How-to: www.thisoldhouse.com.

7) Coffee Table

Old door coffee table. Note the still-attached doorknob. More Info: www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com.

Another view of the old door coffee table. Note the still attached lock. More pics: www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com.

8) Outdoor Coffee Table

By Mitch available via the Etsy shop, J.Crabbit, Maine: www.etsy.com.

9) Headboard

Old wood doors as headboard by Maria: dreamywhites.blogspot.com, you can go to the website for more ideas.

10) Mirror Wall Decor

#recycleddoor #rusticmirror #projectworkshop #madebymotech

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Mirror panels can be installed to create eye-catching wall decor.

11) Leather Headboard

Old leather doors as headboard: Originally found at www.houzz.com.

12) Porch Swing

Door as a porch swing: Found on www.houzz.com.

13) Medicine Cabinet

Old doors as a medicine cabinet. See: www.remodelwithus.com for more of their work.

14) Kitchen Pantry

Salvaged wood doors on the pantry. Originally found at www.houzz.com.

15) Pantry Door

Old door reused as a pantry door. More on this project is available at www.designsponge.com.

16) Sliding Door

Old door reused as a slider. Image by Colin Faulkner, additional work by Colin can be viewed at www.faulknerphoto.com.

17) Coat Rack

Old Cabinet door turned into a Buffalo coat rack! This door was taken off a built in cabinet in a old Victorian home on Delaware ave 48×14 $80 #buffalony716 #repuposeddoor #upcycleddoor #repurposedcoatrack #farmhouse #distressed

A post shared by Donna Bavaro-Kennell (@refab_ulous_furniture) on May 31, 2017 at 2:00pm PDT

A way to create a rustic, yet stylish, entryway.

18) Basement Door

An old wooden door becomes a basement door in a new house. Lots more reuse ideas: downtoearthstyle.blogspot.com.

19) A Distressed Look

This extremely worn look requires a lot of effort. Picture of this salvaged wood door: tickingandtoile.blogspot.com.

20) Coastal Living

21) Doors With Rollers

Sliding wood doors. To save space, old painted doors from Watkins Culver Antiques were installed on rollers. Via: www.traditionalhome.com, where pictures of the entire remodel are available.

22) Barn Doors

Interior barn doors in Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s California home. Additional ideas for barn doors are available at www.atticmag.com.

23) Movable Screen

Salvaged wood door screen. Image originally found on Tumblr.

24) Painted Detail

If you don’t want to strip it, paint it!

25) Red Headboard

Salvaged wood door headboard. Visit www.thisoldhouse.com for more inspiration and ideas.

26) Daybed

Door daybed made from two old wooden doors fit onto a daybed frame by Ida of The Urban Cottage. Photo was originally found at “www.theurbancottagedallas. com/2011/07/my-latest-project-a-door-able-daybed.html” but can now be seen at “groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/the-urban-cottage—dallas/l4jFVJIAuUo/rJhdBx4MIocJ.”

27) Hinged Desk

Desk made from an old door. See other images here: www.manoteca.com.

28) Simple Table

Old wooden door table by Amber Interior Design: amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com, the website provides more photos that you can use for inspiration.

29) Photo Frame

Sharing; what an amazing DIY recycle project. Coat rack, picture display and shelf. Can’t help but fall in love with this one. #coatrack #picturecollage #shelf #recycle #reuse #homemadeshelf #recycleddoor

A post shared by debra (@debrasaylor1) on Feb 11, 2016 at 7:12pm PST

An old glass door can be transformed into a stunning array of your favorite family photos.

30) Dining Table

Wood door as a dining table. by Basak Aydin Notz, via: www.designsponge.com, where you can find more photos of this house.

31) Outdoor Table

Outdoor wooden door table. Lots more pics: staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com. The bright colors add a stylish flare to this backyard.

32) Re-Cycled Table

Reuse door table. Legs are a door cut in half and then moldings were added at the base and an apron at the top. Recycled Desk by Eternal Furniture & Design at CustomMade.com.

33) Alliance Geusebroek

Door wall by Piet Hein Eek. Commissioned by Geusebroek and Alliantie: www.pietheineek.nl.
Door wall by Piet Hein Eek: www.pietheineek.nl, this is another picture of the project. The story behind this piece is available on Piet Hein Eek’s website.

34) House Of 1,000 Doors

Choi Jeong Hwa 1000 Doors installation. This picture was originally found at choijeonghwa.com, where you can find pictures of other art pieces.

35) Wall Paneling

On Great George Street in London, an unknown artist covered the outside of a derelict tenement building with old front doors, all painted red. The building has since been demolished. Photo by Philip Mayer / Flickr.

36) Outdoor Bench

An outdoor bench fashioned from an old chicken coop door: twigdecor.blogspot.com. More information on this project is available on their website.

37) Tool Shed

38) Garden Door

Salvaged garden door. This photo was originally found at “www.segev-photography. com/2/2.html.”

39) Shelving

#old gun #cabinetdoor I had laying around made some more #shelves with some #palletwood should I #stain it? #paint it or leave it? #repurposedwood #recycledwood #rusticdecor #liquorshelf

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Using small wooden boards, you can make an old door into a small shelf.

40) Gateway

Gateway to a secret garden, located at a conference center called Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia. Photo taken by Eileen: www.trekearth.com.

41) Garden Trellis

Doors as Trellis. More information can be found at www.bhg.com.

42) Entrance With A Trellis

Image by Monica Roberts, via: www.idemakeriet.blogspot.com, the website has more unique pieces you can use for inspiration.

43) Double Sliding Doors

Salvaged materials turned into a door. This double-door slider shows that just about anything can be made into a door. Crafted from: early 1900′s cypress siding (with original green paint), wood from a 100-year-old barn and wrought iron fencing. (www.atticmag.com)

Old Doors for Sale

Architectural salvage warehouses and restoration businesses like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore are good places to look for old doors. eBay’s doors auction page has an interesting mix—especially if you are looking for something specific. Cool inspiration too.

A few places that specialize in selling old doors:

In CT: www.oldwoodworkshop.com

Calif: crossroadslumber.com

Winnipeg, Canada: www.salvagesupermarket.com

How To Decorate With Old Doors

How to make a dressing vanity from an old door: www.thisoldhouse.com

Make a headboard from an old door: www.thisoldhouse.com

Make a coffee table from an old door: kojo-designs.com

Make a message board from an old door: donation2decor.com

Another coffee table: www.imperfecthomemaking.com

The Best Books On Decorating With Salvaged Materials

  • Salvage Secrets Design & Decor: Transform Your Home With Reclaimed Materials by Joanne Palmisano and Susan Teare.
  • Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage & Antiques by Brian Coleman and Dan Mayers
  • This Old House Salvage-Style Projects: 22 Ideas for Turning Old House Parts Into New Treasures for Your Home by Amy R. Hughes

Outdoor Decorating with Old Doors

We found some amazing ways to use old doors outdoors! Perfect for decorating your porch and yard.

Build an arbor with two doors like this one found on Houzz.

Or this gorgeous arbor from Conservation Garden Park

Deck decor from Marty’s Musings

Planter from cabinet doors via My Repurposed Life

Or this one from The Lily Pad Cottage

Garden fence from Hometalk

Outdoor bench from garage door via Reposhture

Or this one with storage from Twig Decor

Garden decor from Love Paper Paint

Garden door from Gardening with Grace

Garden shed from Sheds, Shacks, and Shanties

Garden trellises from BHG

Screen door trellis found on Houzz

Hanging table from Green Wedding Shoes

Door planters found on Hometalk

Outdoor table from Hoffman Hoopla

Love this gorgeous porch swing from Huckleberry Lane Furniture!

Build a potting bench like this one from Hymns and Verses.

Or this potting table from Cottage and Cabin

Build a privacy screen like this one from Not Just a Housewife.

Use old shutter doors to build a fence like I Love That Junk!

Or how about a lovely wedding backdrop? via Crazy for Us

On the next page: Message boards and mirrors — >

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Published: March 30, 2015Filed Under: Crafts, Decorate, Furniture Building Projects and Plans, Remodel Inspiration By Room Tagged: Doors, Repurpose, Shut The Front Door DIYs, Top 25, Upcycle

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Using Old Doors in the Garden

Tip: Doors as Yard Art

March 28, 2007

Living in the country is wonderful and having a huge yard to decorate is so much fun. My husband just built an arbor from barn beams (he was given for free) and two matching interior doors from a flea market for $20.00.

We picked a spot, measured and planted the doors vertically in the ground (attach pressure treated wood to the bottom of the doors to prevent rotting). He then took the barn beams spaced evenly across the top of the doors and attached. We stained the whole arbor with a whitewash and hung a flower basket dead center from a beam.

We even gathered flat rocks to make a pathway through the arbor and placed a section of fence on each side with a coat of white wash (using scrap wood). Next, we planted brown eyed susans along the fence to complete the look. Very countrified without a lot of expense.


By Tracie from Mexico, NY

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2 By Stacey (Guest Post) March 28, 20070 found this helpful

Amazing!! It looks beautiful! Wonderful what you can do with ordinary things – great job!

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Howdy Neighbor! I’m in Pennellville, NY.

Great idea! I love seeing recycled objects like this used in the yard and gardens. Hubby did a great job, and I bet it looks even better in the summer when the BES are blooming.

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