How to Decorate With Old Doors


Turning unusual objects into decor can add flair to just about any room. Old doors can be transformed into unique headboards for the bedroom or standout foyer accessories with just a few tools. Whatever your design tastes, these stylish pieces will be sure to find a place in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • For the headboard:
  • Old door
  • Paint
  • Screws
  • Crown molding
  • Nails
  • For the coat rack:
  • Fabric
  • Spray glue
  • Small mirrors
  • Hooks


  • Turn the door on its side and trim the edges to fit the bed. Leave about 3 inches on either side of the mattress.

  • Sand and paint the door. Be creative and use painting techniques that will mesh well with your room's existing decorating scheme.

  • Mount the headboard. Cut a 1x4 board to the same width as the headboard, then cut it into two pieces on a 45 degree angle. Affix one to the back of the door and the other to the wall using screws. Attach another 1-inch wide piece of wood to the bottom of the headboard. Fit the strips of wood together to hang.

  • Adorn the top of the headboard with a length of crown molding that has been measured to fit the door. Nail into place.

Coat Rack

  • Cut a rectangle of fabric that will fit in the center of the door. If you are using a door with recessed panels, cut this piece of fabric to fit exactly in the center of the panel. If your door is flat, cut the fabric to be 5 inches smaller than the door on each side.

  • Spray an entire side of the fabric with glue and affix to the door. Try working from one side to the other, smoothing out air bubbles as you go.

  • Arrange the mirrors in a pattern on the fabric. When you are satisfied with your design, glue the mirrors into place.

  • Choose how many hooks you would like your coat rack to have. Affix them along the bottom of the door, evenly spaced.

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