How to Turn a Vintage Door Into a Dining Table
Learn how to diy a door dining table from vintage door like homeowner Tiffany St. John did when she and her husband, Ryan, found two old pharmacy doors inside their 1800s home.
When preserving features of a 200-year-old home, not everything will continue to serve its original function. One of Tiffany’s favorite DIY projects came in the form of the DIY door dining table. When they purchased the home, they found two pharmacy doors inside—one of which is now the top of their dining room table. Here's how she DIY'ed a vintage door into a dining table!
How To DIY a Door Dining Table
What You’ll Need:
- Vintage door
- Stripper (we recommend a nontoxic version like CitriStrip)
- Plastic scrapers
- Protective gloves
- Optional: paint stripper after-wash
- Optional: kitchen scrub pads
- Sandpaper, 220-grit or higher
- Stain or paint of choice (Tiffany used Rustoleum stain)
- Paint brush
- Clear sealer or varnish
- Optional: glass pieces for top of table
- 4 table legs of choice
What You’ll Do:
- First, strip the old finish off the vintage door. Depending on the type and age of the finish, you may need multiple rounds of stripper. If the door still has a sticky surface after the finish is gone, use kitchen scrub pads and a paint stripper after-wash to get the residue off.
- Sand the door until all the finish is gone and the surface is smooth. Wipe any sawdust off with a clean rag.
- Paint your DIY door dining table in the paint or stain of your choice. Tiffany used a mix of gray and brown Rustoleum stain to get the exact shade she wanted. Let it dry between each coat.
- Seal the new finish with a clear enamel or varnish to protect it. Let it dry completely.
- If the door had glass pieces, you can replace them with new pieces, or get a cut of glass the dimensions of the full door for a glass top.
- For the table legs: If your pieces are vintage (Tiffany used old porch posts), repeat the stripping, sanding and painting process. If you choose new table legs, skip the stripping and go right to sanding and painting.
- Attach the table legs to the bottom of the door, then insert the glass pieces or top for a finished dining table.
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Dani Grace first joined Engaged Media's staff as an intern in 2019 but has continued to contribute as a freelance writer ever since. With her background in journalism and right-brained functionality, Dani has thoroughly enjoyed filling the pages of Cottages & Bungalows and American Farmhouse Style magazines with homeowners' and designers' stories and tricks of the trade—though her passion for cooking induces a serotonin boost when she gets to sneak in a book review about the next cottagecore food craze! When she's not crafting narratives about interior design, Dani works in sustainability consulting for the built environment with VCA Green, specifically in green building certifications and energy efficiency (cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions!). As a certified TRUE Zero Waste advisor through the Green Business Certification Inc., Dani's true motivation in life is helping people, businesses and buildings cut down on waste and facilitate healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. In her spare time, Dani can be found munching on a home-cooked meal while watching hockey or at the beach to the music of Steely Dan or Jack Johnson (and everyone in between).