Make a Shelf out of an Old Door

Have an old door lying around? Don’t throw it away! Rather give it a new lease on life by turning it into a decorative shelf fit for any room with this fun DIY project.

What you will need:

  • A door
  • Particleboard
  • Clamps
  • Circular saw
  • Screw driver
  • Screws
  • Thirteen 90° metal L brackets
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • A decorative doorknob


  1. The first step is to cut the door in half using your circular saw. Top tip – measure and measure again before you cut!
  2. Secure the 2 halves of the door at a 90° angle using clamps. You’ll need an assistant for this step.
  3. Screw in 5 of the 90° brackets to the back. This will hold the 2 door pieces together.
  4. Cut 4 shelves out of your particleboard to fit into the door measurements.
  5. Once cut, secure your shelves in place using 2 of the 90° brackets under each one.
  6. Sand down any rough edges with your sandpaper.
  7. After you’ve wiped down the entire unit, paint it any colour you like.
  8. Fasten your decorative doorknob into place and you’re done!

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