Clever Upcycling Uses for Old Wooden Doors

Clever Upcycling Uses for Old Wooden Doors

August 20, 2019

If there was one aspect of interior remodeling that a lot of people just don’t seem to give too much thought to, it would be the fate of the replaced doors and windows. In many cases, your contractor will gather up the old materials to be recycled into new products. Sometimes, however, it pays to take on recycling yourself.

Here are a few great ideas from our design experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee of what you can do with the old doors your home may have lying around after a remodel.

Bars and Counters

Flatten out one side of old patio doors to craft an intricate counter space for a home bar. It might take a little elbow grease to get it into the right size and texture, but the sturdy wood of used doors make for a durable replacement for counter materials.


Doors happen to be just about the right size to make for a good headboard for a custom-made bed.You’ll find dozens of good tutorials online on how to transform an old wooden door into a classic headboard that’s sure to be a hit. What’s more, most doors’ trims and finishes lend themselves well to bed designs that evoke classic and relaxing undertones perfect for a bedroom.

Coat Rack

Got old French patio or entry doors with multiple frames and sashes? Why not turn that wooden grid into a nifty little coat rack with a few screwed-in hooks and some new paint. You can even accentuate the cubic design by using the old panes as makeshift frames for some photos to give your coat rack even more personality.

Get more ideas on upcycling old doors from our professionals at Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee, your number one provider of replacement doors and windows. Give us a call at (262) 522-3034 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation and request a free quote today. We serve homeowners in Milwaukee and all surrounding areas.

Hear From Our Customers

Jason and Brett did an awesome job installing our doors. We had separate installers a month earlier for our windows who also did a fantastic job. They were all very professional and cleaned up almost better than the area looked before the installation! Since these were both jobs that took more than one day the installers were great at keeping us informed on the status of where the project was at along the way.

This was a great crew to work with. Both the original install manager we worked with (Jay) and the install team (Daniel, Mason, Tony, Ethan, and Jose). Everyone was very professional and knowledgable. They answered all my questions and the end result on the house is great. In 3 days they replaced an old bay window with a new bay window, a set of french doors on the patio with a sliding patio door, and our old front door with a new front door and storm door.

I cant express how happy we are with choosing Andersen for our window installation. Our sales representative was knowledgeable with product and answered any questions we had without hesitation. I did also fill out a survey that was sent in an email, but sadly I failed to personally name the two gentlemen that performed the actual installation. Barrett and Francisco were our guys, and let me tell you, they were outstanding!!! They did Excellent work and were professional as well as efficient and made this a smooth, none evasive process for us. I strongly recommend this company and these installers to anyone in need of windows!!! My husband and I could not be more pleased we chose Andersen for replacing our windows!!!

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