DIY Door Banquette - Bob Vila

DIY Door Banquette

When this blogger laid eyes on an old door, she was struck with the ingenious idea to repurpose the household necessity into custom banquette seating.

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Struck by inspiration when perusing the Habitat ReStore, Mimi of Blue Roof Cabin decided to repurpose an old door into amazing custom banquette seating. Keep reading for her how-to on this clever DIY.

 

MATERIALS & TOOLS

Door
Table saw
2×6
Kreg Jig Jr.
Glue
Wood filler
Sandpaper
Paint
2x4s
Plywood
Nails
Wood putty
1x2s
Hinges

 

STEP 1

door diy step 1

I started by cutting two of the panels off. I clamped a piece of wood to the door so that I had something for the skill saw to follow. Just drawing a line does not work for me. This way I don’t have to get down close to the saw to try and follow a pencil line.

 

STEP 2

door diy step 2

I used my Kreg Jig Jr. and glue to attach a piece of 2X6 to the cut end so that the panel was centered. I had to rip the 2×6 down on the table saw to get the right width and take the curved edge off. I filled the seam with wood filler. Once I sanded and painted it you cant even see the seam. I made two panels this way.

 

STEP 3
door diy step 3
I re-used some 2 X 4’s from the shed we tore down to build the support for the backs. I then screwed it the wall.  I didn’t have enough door to make a panel on this end so I used a piece of plywood.
STEP 4
door diy step 4
You can see the right side is made up of the two panels I had to modify.

 

STEP 5
door diy step 5
I mitered this corner with my table saw. I used glue and nails to attach the corner and wood putty filled the holes.

 

STEP 6
door diy step 6
Here it is with the bottom 1×4 trim and a new paint job.

 

STEP 7
door diy step 7
For the top I had intended to use plywood that would overhang about an inch. I cut the piece but once I set it on top it looked awful. The proportions weren’t right because of the panels and since I disobeyed the rule of bench height it made it to tall. So I had to change the plan and cut the plywood to fit flush inside.

 

STEP 8
door diy step 8
To support the top I screwed 1 x 2’s inside along the front and sides.  This looks much better and the cushions will cover it all. For the hinges I used basic 2″ utility hinges.

Thanks, Mimi! For more great DIY ideas, visit blueroofcabin.com.




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