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Clever Upcycling Uses for Old Wooden Doors

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.

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