How to Make a Door Into a Dining Room Table

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Have you shopped for a dining room table lately? A table that is beautiful and unique but also sturdy enough to last for many years will probably cost you a small fortune. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can turn an old interior paneled door into a gorgeous dining room table for a fraction of the cost of tables in the furniture store.

Things You'll Need

  • Interior door with several panels
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Four table legs
  • Pretty paper
  • Glass tabletop
  • Find an interesting-looking used interior door. A door with five or six panels is ideal for this project. If you don’t have an old door lying around, go to a local salvage yard. If you are lucky enough to live close to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, this is a terrific place to find anything to do with building a home, including lovely old paneled doors (see Resources below).

  • Paint the door if desired. You could paint it to match the color scheme of your home or, if you prefer, just leave the wood plain.

  • Attach four legs to bottom of the door to create a table. You can purchase new table legs at IKEA or find some used ones at a salvage yard.

  • Cut pretty pieces of paper to fit the door panels. Scrapbook paper or gift wrap lend themselves well to this purpose. Fabric also works. You can even use the table as a clever way to display family photos. Be creative. Do not glue down whatever you place inside the panels. This will make it easy to change the look of the table whenever the mood strikes you.

  • Top the table with a piece of custom-cut glass. The glass will protect the wooden door from spills and give you a level surface on which to eat or work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change the paper in the door panels for each season or holiday, or to match the theme of a party.
  • If you paint the door, paint it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

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