Re-Purpose, Re-Use, ReStore: Five Ways to Re-purpose an Old Door

Redecorating a home with unique decor can be expensive. But, there are many ways to re-purpose old goods for new purposes, while not draining your savings account. Re-purposed old doors are an easy project that can save big and add a distinct look to your home. We have plenty of old doors to re-purpose at our Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley ReStore in Ann Arbor. Here are five ways you can re-purpose our old doors to inspire you:

A Porch Swing

What you Need: Two old doors, circular saw, chalk line, 6 eye hooks, 2 S hooks, 6 carabiner clips, a bunch of 4 inch nails, 2 L Brackets and several 1.5 inch screws to attach them, palm sander or sanding block, paint and sealant, 2 eye hooks (to hang the swing from the porch ceiling), 8 lengths of chain.

The task may be a bit labor intensive, but the result is outstanding. Click here to see a step-by-step guide on creating your old door porch swing.


A Dining Table

What you Need:┬ádrill and screws, pocket-hole jig, power sander and sandpaper, chop saw, under-leg plastic disc (protect hard wood floors from table), paint and brushes, four 1x3x8′ poplar boards, beveled-cut glass the size of door/tabletop.

The task may look daunting, but in reality is only 9 steps if you add the beveled glass on the top. It sounds like the perfect Saturday project. For our favorite step-by-step guide from HGTV, click here.


A Room Divider

What you Need: Three to five doors (depending on your desired length of the divider), hinges (three for each connection), sand paper and paint.

Sharing a space with another person? A DIY old door room divider has your name on it. Visit the ReStore and pick out four or five of your favorite doors. Sand and paint to your liking. Connect two doors together with hinges, then opposite for the next two doors. Finally, surprise your roommate with privacy you will both enjoy.

A Photo Frame Board

What you Need: An old door with glass frames, possibly paint (if you want to paint it) and pictures.

Simply measure the window panes, order pictures of your liking to that size and paint the door as desired. For a more in-depth guide, click here, also the picture featured in this article.


A Bookshelf

What you Need: One door, Jigsaw, sanding paper, wood glue, screws and a screwdriver/drill, wood board, measuring tape and chalk paint and brushes.

Simply cut out the door panels, sand, cut and add the wood board for shelving, then paint. For a more detailed guide to re-create the bookshelf pictured, click here.

A Calling for Faith

Each year, members from four area congregations join hands to raise funds and build stable homes for a future Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley homebuyer. This year, the crew is seeking more hands.

First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor and First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti again joined forces to build the House of Faith. The church members kicked of renovating the 2018 house, the future home of the Sowe family, in March 2018 with a goal to raise $20,000 to support the cost of materials associated with their build days. The churches will partner together from 9 AM – 2 PM on Fridays and Saturdays through mid-May to help complete the home.

In an effort to reach more and to do more, the House of Faith congregations are welcoming members from any church to volunteer on their build days to help with renovation tasks and learn more about Habitat Huron Valley’s impact on the community. Open days for faith volunteers are Friday, April 27 and Friday, May 11. Volunteers are welcome for the 9 AM – 2 PM shift, where lunch will be provided. To sign up to volunteer, click here.

House of Faith has partnered with Habitat Huron Valley since 2011 and generously provided more than 2,000 volunteers and more than $200,000 in donations. Last year, the House of Faith congregations volunteered for 15 days with 211 volunteers and raised roughly $19,000 collectively to help build the Hinman Family’s future home.

“It’s the house, but it’s so much more. It’s the community that is being built,” said Verna Hinman, the owner of the 2017 House of Faith on Parkwood Avenue in Ypsilanti.

To learn more about how you can get your church involved, contact Leah Borst at 734-882-2004 or lborst@h4h.org.