The Door Coffee Table

by Kimba on August 10, 2009

in Do it yourself,Furniture Rehab

My family room is smiling at me today. Why? Because my glorious door coffee table is done and it’s perfect for this room.

A couple of month’s ago, my dear, talented, gorgeous friend, Layla from The Lettered Cottage, did a design consultation on my family room. This coffee table creation was her recommendation because I have a large room and it fills the space so much better than a small table or ottoman. Not to mention, it’s just plain-old cool.

As soon as Layla recommended making a coffee table from an old door, I started scouring salvage yards and junk stores until I found this one perfect door. I love the large, single panel. It was perfect for a table.

There’s still a bunch of work to be done in this room (board and batten, anyone?), but this table was a huge step in the right direction. It’s the perfect spot to set my morning coffee or play games with the kids. The Hubster can rest his feet there and I could probably throw a mattress on top of it for sleepovers.

I’m still fooling around with the display that I want to put on it. I’m not exactly thrilled with this one but it’s working for the moment. I want something a little more natural, so I’ll be outside hunting for rocks today. And I fear that my succulent apothecary terrarium will become victim to a flying ball at some point. Boys.


If you want to know more about this glorious new/old table, click here I’ll tell you a little about how it was made including the colors I used for the top and the legs. In the meantime, here’s some more inspiration about projects to do with old doors.

Door dining room table ~ Design Sponge
Another door dining table ~ Apartment Therapy
The Nester is The Queen of hanging old doors on her walls…Here is take 1 and take 2 and take 3. ~ Nesting Place
Screen door as kitchen table ~ ASPTL

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1 Jennifer Juniper August 10, 2009 at 4:57 am

You did it!!! Wow, I really love how it turned out and can't wait to read the details. I'm still plugging away at my stab at reupholstering…still plugging away…

2 Emily@remodelingthislife August 10, 2009 at 5:05 am

Looks fantastic!

And I can't wait to see some board and batten soon – love it!

3 Empty Nest Full Life August 10, 2009 at 5:06 am

Wonderful coffee table! Excellent work. Jackie

4 ~*~Kate~*~ August 10, 2009 at 5:11 am

The table look fantastic. I agree with you about boys, balls thrown and apothocary jars. I love them but I'm afraid.

5 pk @ room remix August 10, 2009 at 5:18 am

Great job on the table! It looks great! Can't wait to see the transformation as it progresses.

6 Amy August 10, 2009 at 5:21 am

It looks very "professional" and lovely!! Anxious to see your final display, since that's a hard part for me. Need inspiration!

7 Blushing hostess August 10, 2009 at 5:27 am

Fabulous idea – well done!

8 Joy Beadworks August 10, 2009 at 5:28 am

I absolutely LOVE it. One question: What did you do about the place where the hardware was? Do you have to patch it? It looks perfect!

9 Holly August 10, 2009 at 5:34 am

it looks fantastic!

10 Jaime @ A Place Out West August 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

That is amazing! I can't wait to hear how you did it!

11 Flower Patch Farmgirl August 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

That rocks! And I love the idea of using it for overflow sleeping quarters. ๐Ÿ™‚

12 TheOldPostRoad August 10, 2009 at 5:56 am

Too cool! Looks great!

13 Amy August 10, 2009 at 6:08 am

LOVE this coffee table! It is absolutely adorable!

14 Musings of a Housewife August 10, 2009 at 6:10 am

Brilliant. Seriously, that's gorgeous!!

15 Marci @OvercomingBusy August 10, 2009 at 6:13 am

That table looks awesome!! I like the terrarium, but I would be nervous too!

16 marty39 August 10, 2009 at 6:15 am

The coffee table is just wonderful. I love it. The single pane is perfect and the finish is wonderful. Great job. Hugs, Marty

17 Lee Laurie August 10, 2009 at 6:17 am

I love it! It is perfect! I like that it has the raised sides so that things like coffee cups won't slide off easily.

18 Mandi @ Finding Home August 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

Kimba, it's great! It looks so pro! Like you bought it from some fancy design catalog.

19 Jennie August 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

love the table… I love all things involving old doors.. we are going to make a large dining room table from old doors and I just hung one over our coach… great idea….

20 Shelia August 10, 2009 at 6:28 am

Great job, Kimba! Be proud!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

21 Cheryl August 10, 2009 at 6:30 am

That coffee table looks beautiful. You did a great job with it. I am curious to know how you did it. Looks like maybe you used an old door an already good bottom piece. I will check back tomorrow to see what you share.
Off to look at your inspiration links.

22 Lettered Cottage August 10, 2009 at 6:37 am


The Lettered Cottage

23 Liz @ It's Great To Be Home August 10, 2009 at 6:39 am

Oh my gosh!! I'm beyond impressed by your beautiful table, and I can't wait to read about how you did it!

24 Britt August 10, 2009 at 6:40 am

That looks great! It is perfect for the space. Good job!

25 tales from an oc cottage August 10, 2009 at 6:40 am

That is just plain gorgeous!

m ^..^

26 Katie August 10, 2009 at 6:42 am

I just might do that. Cool. I just discovered your DIY Day and already have my DIY Day projects for the next three weeks. I am so excited. Wow, all these DIY projects are to my crafty side like a fresh out of the oven pumpkin pie is to my belly. Nothing like good inspiration to get the creative juices flowing!

27 jskell911 August 10, 2009 at 6:47 am

That is awesome! I love the legs on it. Great job

28 Tanna Clark August 10, 2009 at 7:04 am

I love it! You can't even tell it's a door. The colors are great too!

29 Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training August 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

Ahh what awesome idea! I recently found Laylaโ€™s page through Southern Hospitality and canโ€™t wait to read through her post. Iโ€™ve seen a few projects that have come together with things found at salvage yards. Iโ€™ve never been to one but looks like I need to hit one up. What does one do when you go to a salvage yard? Do you need to check in with someone or do you just hunt around and see what you can find. Are you able to haggle prices with them?
The โ€œcoffee doorโ€ looks wonderful and I love the color you selected for the legs!


30 Pam @ This Humble House August 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

Looks beautiful! I love the finish you chose for the door. It has a very warm and cozy feeling!

31 arkie August 10, 2009 at 7:17 am

Love the look of the coffee table! Enjoyed the links also.

32 kristi_temple August 10, 2009 at 7:27 am

I love your table. Very creative. It was so nice to meet you at the Nester's Swap Meet. Have a blessed day.

33 Jorden and Kristin August 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

i love that you used an old door! our dining room table at my parents house is actually made out of a door! your legs are just so cute on the table as well! thanks for sharing!

34 Stacey @ The Blessed Nest August 10, 2009 at 7:34 am

Kimba, I love it!! You found the PERFECT door & it looks beautiful!

35 Chris August 10, 2009 at 7:37 am

I've seen a lot of door coffee tables, but this one is my absolute favorite! It seriously looks like you bought it right out of a furniture store. And, yes…I'll need a tutorial, thank you very much!

36 Sarah August 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

That's so cool, Kimba! Awesome job!! And kudos to Layla for such a great idea. I can't wait to hear the step by step and see the rest of the changes!!! Thanks for sharing:)

37 ~Country Lady~ August 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

Love it!! What a creative idea. It amazes me at the talent in blogland. Your blog is a joy to view.

38 Risa August 10, 2009 at 8:05 am

Super cute table ๐Ÿ™‚

39 Willo August 10, 2009 at 8:07 am

It is perfect! I love that you did the legs in green and I especially love that your reused something to make it! Perfect!

40 Joanna August 10, 2009 at 8:08 am

That looks fabulous! If I had the room I'd make one.

41 Funky Junk Interiors August 10, 2009 at 8:20 am

Yup yup, I love it too! And I'll refrain from questions because I just KNOW your tutorial will cover it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

I'm on the lookout for a long deep bench for a coffee table. Finds are so much more interesting than buys!


42 Decor mamma August 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

Love this door coffee table! I've wanted to do this as well, but make an office desk instead! Thanks for the inspiration!


43 Marla August 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

Such a great coffee table idea. Love the color too. A great piece with boys in the house. Marla

44 Jolanda August 10, 2009 at 8:31 am

I love it! Please, please tell us the the name of the paint color you used for the legs, it is just the perfect green for one of my painting projects…the one I am crossing my fingers that I will win the Caromol colour giveaway for ๐Ÿ™‚

45 Joy August 10, 2009 at 9:21 am

Your door coffee table looks great! My husband and I made one almost a year ago and we love it!
You can see ours here:

46 Elizabeth August 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

It IS cool! I love it. Now I'm off to find me an old door….

47 Jennifer August 10, 2009 at 9:35 am

WOW!! I so love this coffee table! It looks gorgeous! I am sure you will come up with a great display.
have a great week,
Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

48 Runner Mom August 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

This turned out too cute!! Love it, Kimba!!

49 Madison August 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

Wow the door table looks great and is a great idea!!! You have the coolest taste and I love looking at what you do!!!

50 HeathahLee August 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

Oh my goodness! It's BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to see how you did it!

51 a King's daughter August 10, 2009 at 10:31 am

Beautiful! Makes me wish I had room for a coffee table in my Little Creek Cottage! I'm also excited to hear who won the Caromel colors. I'm waiting to order my paint until I find out if I'm the winner! Blessings!

52 Gayla August 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

Oh my, I love it!

53 Julie August 10, 2009 at 10:46 am

wow TRULY amazing!!! it looks gorgeous!!!

54 Amanda @ Serenity Now August 10, 2009 at 10:46 am

It looks great, Kimba! I love the mix of stain and paint. ๐Ÿ™‚

55 Rachel August 10, 2009 at 10:57 am

I think it's just PLAIN OL" AWESOME!!! Seriously love it!


56 Carrie August 10, 2009 at 11:07 am

That is fan-freakin-tastic! I love it!

57 Misty August 10, 2009 at 11:09 am

GENIUS! i love it!

58 Kelleigh August 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Gorgeous, Kimba! That door really is perfect, too!

59 New England Bride August 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm

See, this is why I have started blogging and reading blogs, ideas like this! What a great idea and it looks great!

60 the undomesticated wife August 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Tres chic! I love the two tone colors!

I've been wanting to do a door dining table for years, but STILL haven't found the door of my dreams!

61 diXymiss August 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Wow, it turned out beauitfully! I can't wait for your detailed eXplanation of how it was made…

62 down pillow August 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Insanely fantastic, that's all I can say!

63 Julie August 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I love how the table turned out! Very cool without trying too hard!

64 Southern Fried Gal August 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Wow – that is beautiful! That door is so unique, too! Love the single pane!

65 Bay August 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm

This looks fabulous! Love the one big panel, it almost doesn't look like a door! What a find.

66 elizabeth August 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm

That turned out fabulous! Seriously – I absolutely love it!

67 Queen B. August 10, 2009 at 1:46 pm


68 Richella August 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Kimba. Wow. This is WONDERFUL. I can't believe you found such a perfect door for this project. Oh, it looks beautiful! And it will just look better and better with love (although your terrarium might suffer a bit, it's true). Way to go!!

69 Kristen August 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I love this! It looks beautiful!!

70 Kimm at Reinvented August 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Beautiful! Are we gonna get to see another fabulous video tomorrow??? Please????

71 The Bargainista August 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

oh, I LOVE IT!!!!!! I cant wait to have one myself…still trying to find the perfect door! ๐Ÿ™‚

72 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality August 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Of course, I love it, Kimba. Layla mentioned your door coffee table this weekend, glad to finally see it.

73 Cassie August 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm

It looks Fantabulous! I love it! I really like the colors too!

74 Roeshel August 10, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Great job! It looks great and I love it!

75 grannyann August 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

That made a great coffee table.

76 Amy {The Red Chair Blog} August 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm

This looks fantastic! Looking forward to reading about how you made it.

77 Mimi Sue August 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Gorgeous! Love every inch of it. Mimi

78 Pretty Organizer August 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Hey lady! LOVE the door coffee table. My g-ma had a ship's door for a coffee table growing up. IT was fantastic. I may just search around for something similar!

79 Aubrey August 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm

That'a an awesome table. Were you lucky and getto have someone else build and finish it for you? Double score. And triple score that your boys actually LEAVE the display on the table ALONE–mine DON'T and our decor is ghetto simplicity right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

80 Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates August 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Gorgeous!!! Love how it turned out!

81 fabulousfinishes August 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm

that ROCKS! What a cool table, love it!!!!

82 jaimeparis October 8, 2009 at 5:16 am

I love it! I truly do! FANTASTIC ๐Ÿ™‚

83 Sharon October 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Love it … what a great idea.

84 this blessed nest December 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

i have a door in the basement just waiting for something…i was thinking of a headboard. but i really don’t need another headboard. what i need is a coffee table!!! such a great idea. i just need to fidure out how to cover the hole from the door knob in my door, and i could do this so easily.
thanks for sharing.
visting from the nester…happy new year!

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