Google+ House Revivals: doors and drawers revisited

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

doors and drawers revisited

Well, it's time for another confession.  I absolutely love vintage doors and drawers.  I like them used for their original purpose, but I also like when someone "shakes things up" a little.  One of my favorite adaptations is this one....

... it's pretty cool how the designer adapted these drawers from, well, drawers!  I love the mix of styles and colors, and the juxtaposition of clean modern lines with traditional drawer styles.

Here's another example from the same source (
It's great how the designer left the original character of the drawers intact.

Staples Cabinet Makers are masters of adaptive reuse, as we see here, with this repurposed locker door.

And with this file drawer chest repurposed as a coffee table.

It's especially nice how the artisans at Staples Cabinet Makers respect the history of a piece, allowing it to tell the story of it's previous life...

... as shown by this scarred up outbuilding door re-purposed as a cabinet door.

You just can't fake this kind of distressing!

This sign from Casual Cottage Chic, made from a kitchen cabinet door, has a built in frame!

And how about a folding table made from an old door?  Schools and offices are constantly throwing folding table frames away, as the contact paper like surface peels away, leaving the particle board exposed to damage.  This article explains how to transform cast-offs into this cool table.
 What a great way to up-cycle!

And, of course, we can't forget the old stand-by, the door headboard!  Here is an example from Country Living Magazine.

And here is an example from Sunset Magazine.
I love how the designer used a pair of doors oriented vertically.  The crown molding and the sweet little sconces give a nice finishing touch.

It's amazing how a little creativity can save a piece from the landfill, and bring beauty, function, and history into our lives!

This post is being linked to Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie Thursday, and Jennie Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. Link over and join the party!


  1. love the repurposed doors, especially the cabinet door ... love the authentic distress and wear on it.

  2. What clever, clever ideas. I love the coffee table and using the doors for folding tables. That is ingenious. Do you think the table would still fold then? I guess it would.

    Really awesome post. I am already being wowed by the diversity of the "D" posts!

    Absolutely D elightful!

    And A+ for the week!

  3. Interesting "D" post! I like the idea of using and old drawer or a door as a useful decorative item. I think Country Living magazine had a few drawers in a recent issue re-painted and lined and used one as tea tray, and another as a plant holder.

  4. Very cool! I love it when people use old architectural pieces in new ways! I love going down to the architectural salvage place and looking around.

  5. Everything was beautiful but something about those "drawer" drawers has my heart beating a little faster. Now I will be on the look out for sure. Have a blessed week, Cherie

  6. I'm a fan of vintage and upcycling. This post had it all! Excellent D's!

  7. I certainly do like all the creative things folks do with old drawers, doors and windows!

  8. Very interesting the way the drawers and doors were creatively reused.

  9. What creative ideas! I love it when people think outside the box. That coffee table made my heart skip a beat, love it! Kathy

  10. So creative, love these ideas!

  11. Oh my! I love all the repurposed usages for doors and drawers. More projects for my hubs to help me with!!!

  12. I have my old hope chest that I'm always thinking I should use for a coffee table. Love all the different uses for the doors and drawers.

  13. What a well-crafted, interesting, and beautiful discussion of re-purposing old doors and drawers! I love the first one especially! It was great to visit here today.

  14. Love the door headboards! Now... how to sneak that one past the husband!

  15. I love the art of repurposeing. The headboard is gorgeous and I love the cabinet.


  16. I've always loved antiques, but could not really have described in one sentence why. You nailed it with your line of: respect the history of a piece, allowing it to tell the story of it's previous life. In today's air-brushed to perfection, throw-away society, so much is wasted and discarded that could be re-used in a whole new way. Thanks for the great ideas!

  17. What a bunch of great ideas. Love the table using a door and discarded legs.

  18. What great inspiration, although, my husband would say, I don't need any help! Love the old outbuilding door the best! Happy VTT!

  19. What clever uses for vintage doors/furniture! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Grace

  20. Love the old outdoor cupboard with the original stress and wear!

  21. Love old drawers and cabinets too. I've used an old wooden storm door from my MIL's house for the headboard in one of our guest rooms.

  22. I really have the wheels turning on the first pictures that you have in your post. Did they just build around the drawers? Love the look!

  23. Good Morning Amanda,

    I love that drawer of drawers idea! I am so happy to see REcycling and REpurposing projects. I simply can't understand why people don't do more of it!! You cannot duplicate the "REAL" thing...

    Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company!


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