Today’s world is plagued by huge environmental issues which may have felt distant in the past but are now banging at the door and demanding action. Waste reduction is hugely important & with that comes a move away from fast furniture / fashion / food, in favour of a more sustainable approach. Luckily, doors are one product where a throwaway culture hasn’t really developed.
However, you may be upgrading the doors on older properties or looking to freshen up your front. Typically – you’d head to the tip with your old door. But given their bulky weight & size, this can be easier said than done. Instead, I’d encourage you to think about the wonderful upcycling opportunities at your disposal.
I’ve pulled together some ideas for how a door can be upcycling into something entirely different. As we head into Spring, consider this a new creative challenge.
The Great Outdoors
If there’s something you can rely on a door for – it should be sturdiness and the ability to withstand the unpredictable British weather. If you’re wanting a new garden-based DIY project, how about using old doors as the walls of a shed?
Perhaps you’re wanting to put a proper divide in place between yourself and the neighbours whose kids keeping kicking a ball over? Doors look really cool as a garden fence and provide the perfect place for hanging bird feed or pots of flowers.
Source: Flea Market Gardening
Taking a couple of old doors to form a little slice of quiet in the garden also makes a blissful reading spot.
Source: Flea Market Gardening
Or if you’d rather get a bit closer to your old door – you can literally turn it into outdoor seating to perch on.
I’ll Drink to That
Forget pouring your gin & tonic on the kitchen counter – use an old door to create a home drink station and make every Friday night in feel like you’re frequenting a hip, new cocktail bar.
Source: Brooklyn Limestone
Grab a Seat at the Table
A new table is surprisingly expensive – especially when you think about the fact that it’s essentially just a big slab of wood on legs! Save some pounds and repurpose an old door into a dining room table fit for a feast.
Source: Interior Barn Doors
If you don’t quite have room for that – a door can also be made into a quirky coffee table!
Disorganised? Shelve those Bad Habits
A modern home with everything packed out of sight always looks swish. But we all know that in reality, we need surfaces to spread out and put things on. Doors can make really unique shelving – whether as a bookshelf, bathroom shelving & towel racks or even as chalkboard family planners. No more excuses for missing granny’s birthday!
Put the Door in Boudoir
A bedroom deserves furniture that simply looks great & makes you feel special. Instead of a boring headboard – a door can be a really distinctive feature. They’re also just the right shape to be used as a full length mirror. I bet you never thought that a door could spice things up in the bedroom…
So, the moral of the story is not to think of your old door as a bore and instead think about all unique features it lets you unlock.
Until next time,
Jeyda, Chief Doork