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DIY Projects with Salvaged Antique Doors

Posted on May 04, 2018 | 2 Comments

Here at Hippo Hardware, re-purposing discarded material is a pillar of our business, a personal passion, and a stylish way to include the past in our modern lives. 

A favorite starting material for many of our customers is a salvaged door. Not only does a door make a great statement piece, but the quality of construction are rarely matched in our modern era. With some delicate sifting, we would love to share some of our favorite projects! 


Hall Tree


Hall trees reached their peak of popularity during the Victorian era. Although they can be difficult to find today, a DIY version is easily within reach.

With a few doors, some gorgeous vintage hardware, and a little elbow grease, a stunning and practical hall tree is made. Add a mirror or a shoe rack to organize your entry space!



With the same convenience as standard lumber, doors can also be used to craft some amazing seating options. From a cottage style, deep sitting chair to a wonderfully weathered swinging bench for your patio, the possibilities are truly endless.



We love this innovative yet the simple design by far is a hanging table suspended by vintage styled hemp rope.

And don't overlook doors for a statement DIY coffee or end table. You can impress your company and customize it to your personal needs and space.



A simple slice down the length of a 4 or 6 panel door creates the perfect ends for an elegant, stylish bookcase. Creative organization can easily be conquered with some simple planning.


Room Divider

Both glass and solid panel doors can be suspended from the ceiling to create amazing room dividers! 

Alternatively, hinge doors together for a folding screen using whatever doors fit your fancy. Great for photo shoots as well!


Sliding Doors

Whether you call them barn doors, stall doors, or sliding doors, a rail and matching hardware quickly turns any door into the centerpiece of your creative space.



Some antique doors have a great place for an inset for a mirror. Selecting a door with unique character is always best. You can guarantee everyone will be looking right at it!



Yet another beautiful use for the inset panels of a door are chalkboards or corkboards. This popular and affordable DIY project is easy to personalize for your own space and needs. Chalkboard paint along with corkboard can be obtained at most hobby and craft stores.


Whatever your DIY project is, our architecture department is a treasure trove of materials ripe for re-purposing. We’d love to help you get your next project started or help you find that finishing touch so bring us your ideas, pictures and let us help you bring those DIY dreams to life. 



2 Responses

Bonnie Rollins
Bonnie Rollins

September 20, 2019

Can you provide me with more ideas of unique creative DIY projects that I might be able to do (small ones) by buying some of your items and creative something to sell. I became disabled due to a TBI but I am very creative.

Thomas Fordham
Thomas Fordham

September 20, 2019

Sir:I repair barber chairs as a hobby. Superficially chairs before 1964. I would like to write a book on repairing chairs. I was watching a show and Anna came into your shop to buy some parts for tent trailer and I saw an old Koken or Belmont chair and I am hoping you might have some Mfg. service Manuals.

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