A Work of Art
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage door made from solid wood, strip the paint and hang the panels. This unique artwork complements a rustic interior and makes for an interesting story to share with visitors.
Garage Door Bench
Using two of the middle sections from a salvaged garage door—the better of the two for the top, the other cut into supports, Kim at Reposture created a distinctive outdoor bench for her backyard. Dressed with loose cushions it serves up even more style and comfort.
Raised Plant Beds
Separate the panels of a steel garage door to create raised beds for your backyard. The best part of this use is that there's no modification required; once they've been broken apart, the panels can be used as is.
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Frame for Artwork
Remove the centers of a garage door's panels to fashion a framing system for an artwork series. You could even add clips to create an easily updated message center for your family.
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Should you choose to reuse your garage door as a headboard, be sure you properly secure it to the wall. An old, worn door can be a great complement to a shabby-chic decor.
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An operating glass garage door leading to your screened-in porch will blow the more common French doors out of the water. It will also allow you to take advantage of a nice day throughout the home, not just on your porch.
Unlike many of the other projects shown here, this one—creating a funky curio cabinet—requires some de- and reconstructing. If your door doesn’t have glass panels, remove sections and use chicken wire to create an airy display case like this one.
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If you are a fan of natural light and fresh air, installing a windowed garage door in lieu of a wall of windows will give you plenty of both. An operating garage door will also make a much more dramatic impact than windows or sliding doors.
Backyard Privacy Screen
If improperly assembled and secured, this recycled garage door privacy screen could be a little risky. But if the door has enough visual appeal and you have the structural know-how, this is a great idea for a patio or backyard. We recommend pairing a worn garage door with overgrown plant life for a shabby-chic look.
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