If you’re remodelling your cottage—or driving around cottage country at all—chances are you’ll come across some old doors. Whether they’re weathered, beaten up, or just past their prime, old doors can find new life in these great DIY projects, no slamming required.
Craft room dividers
If you’ve got an open-concept cottage, you can create the illusion of rooms with old glass-panelled doors.
Make a garden trellis
Whether you use a simple door frame as a decorative element, or a screen door for climbing plants to grab on to, an old door can add architectural interest to your garden.
Build a fence
Don’t want to spring for a full-on fence? Use doors! The bonus of a fence like this is that it’s super easy to hang decorative items on old-fashioned louvres.
Make a shabby-chic bar/beverage station
Add a couple of shelves and some retro-fantastic soda, screw on a bottle opener and you’ve got a great little drink corner. (Sangria not included.)
Build a shelf
Every cottage needs more shelves, so what better way to reuse an old door? (Plus, it saves space by fitting neatly into a corner.)
Put together a beautiful bed
Dress up your bedroom with unique head and footboards like these.
Create a funky photo wall
Using the panels of a French door keep photos clean and organized, and you can add hooks for a bonus spot to hang coats.
Make a swing
What better place to sit and watch the sunset than from an upcycled door-swing?
Add a little decoration
While doors can be reused for practical purposes, if you give it a paint or the proper weathering technique, it can really dress-up a room.
Whip together a coffee table
This table is perfect for the cottage, and if you keep the knob, it adds a little extra whimsy.