Most of us look at our garage doors as simply the things that keep our cars safely inside. They look nice enough from the outside, but most of us would probably never think to bring these big, paneled doors inside.
After all, these doors are huge and dirty. What can you do with a repurposed garage door?
But Instructables user jmitch77realized that the old pine-and-plywood garage door from his house deserved better than being tossed in the trash when they replaced it with a modern, lightweight aluminum one.
The family was also in the market for a new dining room table. And what’s a dining room table but a large panel of wood? The transition seemed natural. Plus, it was a great way to reuse something that might have outlived its original purpose, but still had a lot left to offer.
Of course, you can’t just pop a garage door into your dining room. Years of dirt, grime, and car exhaust mean it’s pretty dirty, certainly nothing you want to eat off!
In addition, it was covered in several coats of paint to match the exterior of the house, and that had to be dealt with, too.
Jmitch77 knew, though, that with some planning and plenty of work, the old doors could be transformed into a beautiful addition for the inside of the house, and could show off the real beauty that was hiding in those plain old doors.
See how he did it below, and you might just be inspired to turn an old item into a completely new one.
The doors had recessed pockets that needed to be evened out so the table could be used.
“I tossed around several ideas on how to fill the recessed pockets of the door sections,” jmitch77 says.
“The first thought was to fill them with concrete and grind and polish the surface much like a concrete countertop. However, if I did that, it would cover up most of the beautiful wood grain. So I decided on a clear epoxy.”