In Bedroom, DIY Furniture, Wall Shelves/Storage
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Last year, I was given two old red doors to use for my DIY projects.  They originally were front doors for a house, but the doors had some issues and needed to be replaced.  At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some used doors. 

I thought about making a table, but my family really didn’t need a table.  I thought about making a headboard, but we didn’t need a headboard either.  What we really needed was some storage for my daughter’s bedroom, so I started thinking about how to use the doors as a storage solution. 

I decided to make a wall storage unit using both doors connected together by a window bench.  This week I am posting part 1 of my repurposed door storage unit, which is a bookshelf made from one of the doors. 

Supply List:

  • 1 old wood door
  • 1- 4x8x3/4 in plywood
  • 2- 3x1x8
  • 1- 1x2x8
  • 1- 4x8x¼ in plywood
  • 1×4 (only need 26-1/4 in)
  • 1×6 (only need 26-1/4 in)
  • 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4 in brad nails

Cut List:

¾ in Plywood:

  • 6 @ 12×22 in


  • 4 @ 21-1/4 in


  • 2 @ 71 in


  • 1 @ 26-1/2 in


  • 1 @ 26-1/2 in

¼ in plywood:

  • 24 in x 80 in

Tools Needed:

  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Kreg Rip Cut
  • Air Compressor and Nail Gun

Project Plan:

Step One:

Cut door into two 12 inch sections.  I used a circular saw to cut the door.

Step Two:

Prepare the doors by removing old paint. 

Step Three:

Attach 12 in Plywood Shelves using pocket hole screws.  I cut the plywood to size with a Kreg Rip Cut.

Step Four:

Attach face frame using 1-1/4 brad nails.  I used 1×4 for the top, 1×6 for the bottom, 1×3 for the sides, and 1×2 for the shelves.

Step Five:

Attach ¼ in plywood to back of the bookshelf.

Step Six:

Sand and paint.

I know a bookshelf made from a door is not a new idea (There are a ton on Pinterest.), but when you put the whole storage unit together it is pretty awesome.  Over the next few weeks I will be posting the rest of my projects in my repurposed door storage unit, so please come back to see the finished project.

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