Up with upcycling: the many uses of doors

By The Habitat for Humanity ReStore

We have been upcycling together with items found at the Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity ReStore for months now. Today, we will be upcycling doors. At every turn, there is a chance to repurpose and reuse either a new door or a weathered one. Both doors with and without windows work great for upcycling projects. We can use them free standing, in a corner, or hanging on the wall. They look great in gardens used as fences, or potting sheds. Salvaged doors are great to fill up huge wall spaces. They can be displayed vertically or horizontally. You can paint them colorfully; add hooks, pegs and shelves. There is no limit to your creativity. So come in to the ReStore, select your door, and let’s get started!

COMMUNITY - recycling 2Turn the door of your choice into a hall tree. Add a mirror in the center and put coat hooks beside the mirror. Turn the door sideways, and it becomes a coat rack. Add pegs. You can also use windowpanes to display art, photographs or whatever you choose. If the door has windows, you can paint on them or add decals to personalize your work.

Doors make great backgrounds for shelves. Add a crown molding on top and customize the shelf space by placing brackets where needed, or do it the opposite way by leaning the door against a wall and putting the shelf space behind the door.

An exciting transformation of a door or two into a headboard is becoming very popular. Horizontally they can be used to screw hooks, lamps, etc, into them. Vertically they make interesting headboards with the hardware (hinges, doorknobs) still attached. Paned doors are a unique way to go with this as well.

You will find as you work with doors that they can become all kinds of upcycled pieces: coffee tables, beverage servers, message centers, room dividers. The sky is the limit! So head on out to the ReStore and pick out a door or two and enjoy your new project!

The ReStore is a great place to pick up such items and all proceeds go to a good cause. The LowCountry Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 616 Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort and is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations welcome. Call 843-525-0055 to schedule your FREE pick up.

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