diy door turned coffee table

We’re blogging without borders here today.  If you’ve missed my first few attempts at updating our living room you can get all caught up here, here and here.

And today … she’s here … the old door I pulled out of a dumpster on the way to meet friends at the pool one day has transformed into a coffee table!!

And here’s how it happened.

old door upcycle - how to make a coffee table out of old doors

I had been working on the door I found in the dumpster for a few weeks.  Yes, that’s how long it takes me to scrape and prep old wood.  Is it just me?  I feel like it takes me forever sometimes … but I just can’t take a whole day and make it happen without losing my sanity.

diy door turned coffee table

I actually bought casters – rare for me to buy something so optional … but I just had a feeling we were going to love this piece and casters would be the perfect addition.  They are all metal and 2 inch in size and cost me about $25 US.

I wonder how much they would have cost me in the states?
old door

I had figured out a super easy (no kidding!) way to assemble it all and my project was coming together.

Without Joel even knowing really.

He’s used to seeing my mess out back.  Sometimes there’s sawdust or paint chips or scrap wood pieces strewn about … but he never really bothers to take an interest.  I thank him for that.  :)

diy door turned coffee table

Then I got a package.  ‘A box arrived for you today, it says there’s paint in it … do you know anything about it?’, Joel said.

Note to self: Let husband know when I have things shipped to his work.

diy door turned coffee tableYou see, this is what I have been waiting for. My Annie Sloan box.  My very own!!!  And what I was REALLY excited for … the wax.  I just knew the wax would make this piece awesome.

diy door turned coffee table

I’m in love with her.

Like, totally, head-over-heals, in love.

She’s at the top of my all time favorites list.

She’s beautiful, functional, thrifty, upcycled, chipping with charm, wood and metal combined goodness.
old door

She even makes the couches seem not so bad. A true ‘look transitioning’ piece for our living room redo.

So …

… on the day I finished her and had her at the ready in the living room …

… when Joel got home, and I was in the kitchen finishing up dinner (because I’m domestic like that) …
old door upcycle - how to make a coffee table out of old doors

… and he said from the other room ‘that looks really good‘ … pause … ‘I think this is my favorite‘ …

old door upcycle - how to make a coffee table out of old doors

… I smiled over the stove and realized that she’s in good company on the favorites list.  :)

Update:  Find the full tutorial of how to turn old doors into a coffee table here.

What about you?  Do you like the chippy old look of garbage furniture?  Or a bit more modern is your preference?  Do you take an abnormal about of photos of your feet and your dogs?

And, just so you know, I was given Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax to try, but I was not paid to write anything about it.


  1. says

    She looks so pretty! I still have not used anything Annie Sloan. Maybe I will the next time I find an awesome old door in a dumpster…

  2. says

    I’m with Joel, I think this one is my favorite … not taking anything away from all your “greats”, but I could see this one in my life too. And she sure does soften and enhance the sofa (does Joel know about the black paint on the back?) Is there a slight hint / tint of blue in the paint, looks that way on my screen, that might be something that tones down the sofa fabric. Sisal rug underneath looks really good with it too. I really have to try that Annie Sloan soft wax … would it help me fill in / conceal scratches on a table top just by buffing it in or am I hoping for a way too easy solution to that problem? I digress, love your door turned table.

  3. says

    That is it. Checking flights today. I am heading down to meet you and your dogs (and husband) in person. This is SOOOO moi!!!! I LOVE it!!!!! I wish I had time to make one myself today. It looks awesome.
    PS it takes me forevah to clean up an old door too. Sometimes Emma has this lovely task, it takes her forever too.

  4. says

    Loving the chippy door/table and the tray. Is it ok if I just leave one comment for two posts? I read both, but in my incredible need to start drinking champagne with my hubby now that all 3 children are sleeping I’m letting my blogging standards slide. You’ll understand, I know;)

    Eat. Drink. Be Married pretty much sums up my life too, except with the little ones running around from 6am-6pm.



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