We’ve all seen these on DIY Network, Pinterest, and in the homes of people who enjoy country-style decorating. This is not at all my style but I decided, since I have a few old doors sitting in my basement, why not make one?
This shelf is made from one of the original recessed panel doors from my 1865 home in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. The door has a worn look to it and has scratched, cracked and peeling paint, but is structurally in perfect condition. The shelfs are made from old, weather-worn plywood. They are structurally in excellent shape and will hold just about anything you plan to put on them. I chose that material because it best matched the worn look of the door.
I took a flake of the original paint to a local decorating store and found the closest match that I could. The shelves as well as all of the plugs hiding the screws and nails are painted with that color, and I’ll be happy to send the remainder of the paint along with you in case you’d like to paint other others items to match.
The entire shelf has been painted with several coats of lacquer. I haven’t seen this done before, but I decide that I wanted to preserve the look as it is now and prevent any more of the old, possibly lead-based, layers of paint from flaking off in the future.
This item is for sale for pickup or local delivery only. Please contact me prior to purchase if you require delivery.
Do you want to turn an old door into a corner shelf? You can follow my instructions or contact me to commission a project. If you have a door, I’d be happy to provide you with a price to built the shelf.