Repurposed Countertop Ideas


Make your kitchen stand out by using a repurposed item as a new countertop. Create styles ranging from classic to retro to contemporary with items such as old table tops, doors, leftover metals and even cabinet doors. These DIY projects let you make your own personalized items through creativity and a little paint, stain and sanding.

From Table to Counter

  • Find an older tabletop and cut it to fit your countertop. An older model wooden table, made of a high quality wood, transforms into an elegant wooden counter. A coat of stain can alter the look of the wood. If you want a retro style, use a coat of lacquer-style paint.

Door to Counter

  • Turn an old door into into a countertop. Source a vintage door through antique, yard or estate sales, and through a little TLC (also known as sanding and painting), create an antique-esque counter. Older doors were often made of gorgeous wood and often had intricate detailing on the front; this character will weave through your kitchen via your innovative repurposing into a new countertop.

Recycled Stainless Steel

  • Find a piece of stainless steel, left over from an industrial project, and repurpose it into a countertop. Cutting, slicing and preparing meals will be easy on your stainless steel counter (you won't even need a cutting board) and the look will be contemporary, stylish and sleek. Ask for leftover stainless steel pieces at local salvage yards, welding shops and industrial supply stores. The cost will be less than buying stainless steel at a home decor store.

Cabinet Doors

  • Add cabinet doors and leftover cabinetry wood to your countertop. Apply a few coats of stain or paint or even sand it down to its rustic simplicity. This type of countertop works well with contemporary, traditional and rustic styles; create your own style through the type of paint, stain or lacquer you use.

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