How to Create a Console Table from an Old Door

With Earth Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how DIYers everywhere do their part to save everything from large pieces of furniture to rusty bits and bobs from the landfill.  We created a console table from an old door last year and I still love it.  It’s one of my favorite pieces in the house.  It all started when we found a beautiful door at an antique store in Blue Ridge, Georgia, while we were at the cabin.  I believe it cost around $30 or $35, which is a steal for an old door.   I totally fell in love with the warmth of the wood and we hauled it back home to Florida.

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Meanwhile, my parents were in desperate need of a new dining table on their lanai.  Our family had quickly outgrown the old one and we were sitting at card tables, bistro tables and the gate leg table that only sat 6 during family dinners.  After years of outdoor entertaining the center portion of the table was no longer useable so my parents let us salvage the parts of the table we could salvage.  We were able to save the table legs and the drop leaf panels on each side.  Here are the legs from that table.

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In order to secure the salvaged legs to the door we used wood screws and a cordless drill.

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Luckily for us we were table to reclaim these anchor pieces that were already attached to the legs.  This made securing the legs to the table even easier.

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S built a skirt for the table using 1 x 4’s.  Since the salvaged table legs came attached to a piece of wood, S secured the skirt to the existing wood on the table legs with finishing nails.  We left a lip for the door approximately 2.5 inches from the skirt.

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For added stability S added two cross pieces made from 1 x 1’s and secured with finishing nails and wood glue.   

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Once the glue was dried, a small piece of trim was added with finishing nails.

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I painted the skirt and legs white.

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Once dry, they were distressed with 120-grit sandpaper and coated with clear furniture paste wax.

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This console table created from an old door is one of the first pieces you see when you walk into the front door.

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I’ve decorated it for each season

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and at present it’s holding one of my favorite collections – scales – all pieces that have been saved from the landfill.  My sister LiLi is beaming with pride right now.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

    • says

      Thanks so much ladies! I was thinking about you guys and how I won that contest with this table the whole time I was looking at the pictures from this post. It was definitely the start of a great adventure for us. Hugs, Coco

    • says

      I appreciate it, Angie! I love those legs too and every time I look at them they make me think of my parents so I’m really excited we were able to use them. Hugs, CoCo

    • says

      Thank you bunches, Nancy! It’s been fun to style the table for each season. I’m so glad we were able to come up with a plan to save both the door and the legs. Hope you’re having an awesome day, CoCo

    • says

      Thank you, Lori! I can’t tell you how many suitcases we had to sit on in order to get that door home 🙂 S is my bestie and we work on all sorts of fun projects together!

    • says

      I really appreciate it Lisa, thank you! I love old scales and I honestly didn’t think I had that many until I put them all together for that table display. Hope you’re having an awesome week, Coco

    • says

      You’re sweet to say so, Amy, thank you! I have door propped up everywhere 🙂 They’re really easy to change in and out or jazz up seasonal decor. I can’t wait to find out what you do with yours. Hugs for a happy day, Coco