Reuse Your Old Cabinet Doors

After remodeling your kitchen cabinets, you will probably have a large amount of debris left over. Instead of throwing away your old cabinet doors, save them! There are so many easy and affordable ways to repurpose and reuse your old kitchen cabinet doors. Here are a few ideas we found online with links to the project so you can even do it yourself.

DIY serving tray (source)

Use an old cabinet door as a lovely serving tray. Simply prime and pant the door- add a lovely design if you want like the one shown above- and you”re done. Adding drawer pulls will add an elegant look and also serve as handles for easy carrying.



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Use your old cabinet doors as a way to display your favorite pieces of art.  Spruce up any bare wall space by hanging up your old cabinet doors. There are so many options here- you can add your favorite photo to the center, create your own piece of art using craft supplies or add items such as vases for a 3-D effect. The possibilities are endless when you use an old cabinet door as a frame.




cabinet door headboard

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You probably wouldn”t think of using an old kitchen staple and turning it into a bedroom item you”ll use each and every night, but this easy headboard tutorial will show you otherwise. It adds a regal look to your bedroom and is surprisingly easy and cheap to complete (it only costs about $15!)




cabinet door chalkboard(source)

Take an old cabinet door and paint the center with chalkboard paint, leaving the raised or recessed outside panels as a decorative border. You can add monograms or text to the panels to personalize this as a gift, or just leave it plain. These make great housewarming gifts and are a fun way to display what”s for dinner, the shopping list, or even to use as a greeting for house guests. If you”re not into using chalk, try applying a magnetic paint instead for a cute magnetic memo board to hang in any room.




DIY coat hanger

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Make a cute coat hanger with an old cabinet door, some hooks and a fresh coat of paint. This is perfect for entryways, closets, or even in your bedroom as a place to hand purses or jewelry. Experiment with different sizes and types of hooks as well as patterns and designs with the paint.

Blacksmith Dan Nauman

It is rare to find someone these days who is as dedicated and passionate about their craft as Dan Nauman is. Master blacksmith Dan Nauman practices his work at Bighorn Forge- his shop that is located in Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Nauman began forging in 1979 and has since opened up other shops and become a full-time forger. He has taught, demonstrated and lectured about forging at a variety of institutions and locations across the country, sharing his wealth of knowledge and exceptional work of his craft with others. You can sign up for a forging workshop or blacksmith class here.

Nauman designs and makes a variety of work, including door hardware (handles, hinges, latches, door knockers), fences, railings, gates, fireplace tools, lighting (chandeliers, candelabras and wall sconces), sculptures and window hardware (curtain rods, grilles and false balconies). His variety of work can be seen in homes, businesses and institutions alike.

His work varies widely, but always features the highest of quality and most imaginative of details. His works often feature flowing forms, different types of metal and intricate designs. He is often inspired by the natural world and the teachings of Jesus Christ. He takes materials most people would consider to be junk or antiques and uses them as tools to create beautiful art. His methods are based on controlled use of the hammer, using accepted forging discipline.

Nauman has won two international awards for his design and workmanship from the “National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association” (NOMMA) for a chandelier made for the “Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion” in Milwaukee, WI, and for a sculptural gate made for a private party residing in Port Washington, WI. He has also received two grants to study and promote famed metal master Cyril Colnik’s work through a video documentary. Later on, he had the opportunity to redesign the Cyril Colnik galleries at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

CS Hardware is excited to feature some of Nauman’s beautiful work on the hand forged iron pieces on their rolling barn door. You can purchase these indoor rolling doors at CS Hardware’s website and see the different roller strap styles he created. To learn more about Nauman, you can visit his website or blog.