I love a charming garden project. Something creative and a bit unexpected, that has all the attributes of good art with all the care and concern of an aged and weathered object. So comes our next garden project ideas for our readers… repurposed door projects for the garden. All these old door ideas can be done with either repurposed or even new doors, but I do suggest visiting your local architectural salvage company, or even ReStore from Habitat for Humanity to find old doors with character. (And, it’s recycling, so it’s better for the earth!)

Our first two inspiring photos comes from ‘Green Wedding Shoes‘. While you may not be planning a wedding, this old door table idea can’t be beat for charm – who wouldn’t want to eat a summer breakfast on a table like this?


Repurposed door projects

From ‘Pinterest‘, this old door idea turned potting bench is a bit brilliant, and a bit romantic. Her husband made this for her!

From ‘Finding Home’, check out this vintage door bar station! Note: The original project is no longer published online, but we wanted to leave it because it’s such a cute idea for inspiration.

DIY door bar

While this next pic of this screen door potting bench is inspirational, it could easily be done as a DIY project! This clever old door idea is from Hymns and Verses.

Door potting bench

From ‘Diana Wearing‘, this old door fence made from recycled shutters is amazing! Nothing about this looks like anything but good garden art!


From Pinterest, this old door painted this incredible color simply has a window box attached to the front, and is used as art in the garden. I am planning to do something like this to fill an empty corner!


From ‘HGTV’s Rate My Space‘, this garden shed made from doors is totally inspirational…


From Jeanne Sammons – ‘Flea Market Gardening‘… Oh my…this old door arbor idea is cool…


This garden bench from ‘BHG‘ is using a newer door as the base… but you could make this idea as modern or as vintage as you wanted!

Door bench

So use these old door ideas to create cool and charming projects for your garden or outdoor spaces! Check out our other post, Windows and Doors in the Garden! You might also love our post Front Porch Decorating Makeovers at our sister site OhMeOhMy!


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  1. Kelley Hammond May 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    For out side decorating, should you paint the door with a outdoor waterproof paint to keep it from rotting?

    1. Kathy Woodard November 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      Everyones take on that is different… it will make it last longer, but to some, the authentic weathering is more important… You decide!

  2. corail66 January 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm



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