Friday, June 10, 2011


A few years back I had to move my mom to a nursing home. :O(
A couple years later I moved my dad into an apartment closer to my mom. My friends came and helped me clean out my parents home. Move my dad and all. Thank goodness for friends because that was a huge job. My dad was a woodworker too and had so much lumber at his house I could of built him a house, I swear.

Anyway after bringing TRUCK loads of lumber home to my house and my friends taking some too we finally got that all cleaned up. It is an old house. On the back porch there were some old pantry cupboards and also in the basement there were more. I think they must have moved them out of the kitchen once upon a time. Really I am not sure.
So I decided I wanted the doors and hardware off of them and I went to work with a screwdriver removing all the hardware throughout the house. Replacing where it was needed. I wanted to show you what I did this morning and what I made with those pantry doors.
So I built a box for the coffee table. Just some old wood (with bark still on the one edge. I used old snowshoe strapping to make the handles on the side.

A few dividers added for convenience

The box on my coffee table right now. Which is always a mess and doesn't have a lid to cover the mess. Why is it that when you add one person to a household (from college) that the mess triples.

Now all sorted and put in new box

Here is one of the pantry doors that I brought from my dad's house. I made a coffee table with it. If you look close you can see where I left the hardware on it. The door latch on the front. I left it open so that I could store the modern electronic stuff and my paint box. lol It is hard to be a geek and a crafter. There is just not enough room for anything.

Just the other side of the coffee table. I left the hinges on here too. I have them screwed down but the top doesn't really open. I just didn't want to remove the original hardware. I love how it came out.
Another of the pantry doors. I made a cabinet to hold all of my paint. lol Yeah right I would need a much bigger cabinet. I painted this one but I left the coffee table door as it was. I will use this for paint now but eventually who knows what it will be come.  I made a desk top with another one but didn't take a picture of that yet.
So just a few projects I wanted to share. Off to clean my house and round up all the bunnies. (dust bunnies).
Have a great day everyone


  1. Kat,
    What creative uses for the doors. I say never throw anything out. An idea will come to you sooner or later for a stored item.
    Great job!
    Country at heart

  2. loooove your paint pantry and the coffee table!!! you know that I loove beadboard!

  3. You are so creative. Love all the items you have made from the old doors and wood. And it must be so special knowing where you got the wood. Love the paint cabinet and the color you have on it. It's all great. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  4. Oh my HECK Kat! You ARE handy with wood, aren't you??!! YIKES!!! I LOVE all three projects - I truly don't know which is he coolest!!! Come build something for me!!! PLEASE!!! You rock! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. Kat
    I say you are creative!! Beautiful work~ from beautiful old wood~ love them all!!!
    So inspiring!!!

  6. Awesome Kat!! You do great woodwork. I love using old stuff for a different purpose than it's original use. They all look great!!

  7. Well now you sure are a handy creative person ! Love what you made with all the doors and what a treasure they are to have from your dad's house. Hugs,Jen

  8. Wow! You did a great job! I love the tall cupboard ~ if you've got more doors you can make me one too! :O) just kidding ~ You really did a wonderful job on them all though!