How to Build a Coffee Table from a Salvaged Cabinet Door
Facebook fans of This Old House came up with the idea to turn this found cabinet door into living room centerpiece
I find some of my best stuff on the street. Take, for instance, this knotty-pine door that one of my neighbors had trashed. I think it once belonged to an armoire because, unlike most of the vintage pantry doors I've seen, it didn't have a trace of paint. The unfinished wood had been babied like furniture, displaying the luster you get from years of waxing.
In search of a way to repurpose my street score, I did what I always do: I asked my friends. But this time, I expanded my circle to the tens of thousands of TOHers on Facebook.
And the winner is... the cabinet-door coffee table
You voted with your thumbs. And luckily for me, most of those thumbs endorsed the coffee-table idea. I'd been without one since my toddler took her first steps. Now that she's steady on her feet, I needed a replacement for the fragile glass table I'd given up. Plus, it's perfect for my kid-friendly furnishing strategy. The door is already banged up, so what more damage could be done? And there aren't any sharp corners for my little one to bonk her head on.
Though I was tempted to cover the recessed panels with Plexiglas to level the surface, I let them be, preferring to treat the rectangles as individual trays. Prefab steel table legs ($42 for the pair; Rustic Living on Etsy) made assembly quick and easy. The lower shelf is actually leftover tongue-and-groove flooring that I had in the workshop. So, except for the legs and fasteners, this coffee table was practically free. Follow along to see how it came together.
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Prep the Door
Use a cat's paw to gently remove any protruding nails. If your door has an astragal (shown), a trim piece to hide the gap between a pair of cabinet doors, pry it off to level the surface.