Top 10 Tips: How to recycle your old kitchen doors

Replacement kitchen doors are a great way to give your kitchen a makeover for a fraction of the cost of a full kitchen re-fit. But what are you meant to do with your old kitchen doors?

Put your DIY skills to the test with these 10 fantastic upcycling ideas for your old kitchen cabinet doors:


1. Serving Tray:

A quick lick of paint and additional handles results in a classic serving tray for entertaining, or some relaxing TV dinners: ideal for entertaining or a lazy day in bed.

Kitchen door recycled as tea tray

Image ref: Craftynest


2. New Kitchen island worktop:

Kitchen Islands are a great way to add additional storage and surface space to your kitchen: let’s be honest we need extra storage with all the bakeware and blenders we have nowadays!

So why not use your old Unique Kitchen Doors as the Island worktop? Matte doors work better than gloss, and also give you the ability to repaint them if needed.

Kitchen island unit made from recycled kitchen doors

Image ref: indulgy


3. Photo frames:

Kitchen cabinet doors are so versatile and come in so many different shapes. One way to utilise the materials before you is to turn them into photo frames. Simply cut out the main door and use string to create rows for your photographs to hang from. If you’re not so DIY savvy, you could even just glue your photos to the original door and create an awesome collage.

Photo frame made from recycled kitchen door

Image ref: thriftydecorating


4. Coat Rack:

Whether you need to hang up towels in the bathroom, pet leads in the hallway or coats in the bedroom; old kitchen cabinet doors provide the perfect foundation for a unique and rusticcoat rack:

Coat rack made from recycled kitchen drawer front

Image ref: pam hodges


5. Jewellery organiser:

Jewellery is one of those things that accumulates and then spirals out of control and there’s nothing worse than misplacing your favourite necklace! Add a few stylish hooks to an old kitchen door and there’s no excuse for necklaces to get tangled ever again:


6. Chalk board:

There’s no denying the efficiency of chalk boards. Whether you need one to set daily goals, write out a shopping list, or scribble out a recipe while cooking, an old kitchen door is the practical solution:

Chalk board made from recycled kitchen door

Image ref: Mom4real


7. Coffee table:

One of the best things about old kitchen doors is that they’re easily repainted and with chabby chic being such a trend: reduce stress and cost by making a coffee table specific to your needs and interior:


8. Additional kitchen storage or ‘pot rack’:

While you’re in the process of giving your kitchen a facelift, have a think about all the handy ways you can ADD storage by recycling your old kitchen doors; like this suspended pot rack option:

Kitchen door converted into pot rack

Image ref: bhg


9. Bathroom towel rail:

If you have a bathroom without much storage, have a go at making one of these rustic towel rails. Add additional shelving for accessories and a towel rack; it’ll keep all your accessories on one place. Just remember to use bathroom specific paint on your kitchen door!


10. Extra storage:

You probably never thought there were so many storage opportunities with old kitchen cabinet doors. And yet here’s another one. Create a chest of drawers, a bench, or even a chair you can store things in; there’s always a crafty alternative to spending more money.

Storage seat built from recycled kitchen doors

Image ref: freddyandpetunia


With so many useful ways to recycle your old kitchen cabinet doors, there’s no need to simply throw them away. So have a go at making your home unique, and save some money in the process.

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