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Repurposed Door Hall Tree

Today I have a special guest, my friend Gail! I can’t wait for you to see her repurposed door hall tree!

Hi! I’m Gail from My Repurposed Life. I’ll tell you a little about me—I love junk, and cutting up furniture! Free is best, but I’ve been known to spend up to $10 to buy stuff for my projects. This entire project cost me about 10-12 dollars to complete.

Repurposed Door Hall Tree


Repurposed Door Hall Tree - DIY Project for using old doors

My DIY Hall Tree that I’m sharing today was inspired by the one that Debbie made and shared in her post How To Make A Hall Tree.


how to make a hall tree out of a door - Repurposed Door Hall Tree - DIY Project for using old doorsI was so excited when I realized that this $5 sewing cabinet and a $2 hollow core door were the perfect match! Thank you Debbie for the inspiration!



remove sewing cabinet top - Repurposed Door Hall Tree - DIY Project for using old doorsI started by removing the sewing cabinet top.

remove-all-partsAll the parts of the sewing machine needed to be removed as well—every screw and cord!



reconfigure sewing cabinetBecause the front had a cut out in it, I replaced it with a scrap board, just enough to hold the sides together and help support the top when I put it back on.



top and bottom shelfPlywood makes great shelving for projects like this. I added a top and bottom shelf to give more storage area.


1x's for door trim

Because the door was a hollow door I added 1x’s to make it look more like a paneled door (like Debbie’s) I used a speed square to make sure all the angles were square, then glued it with Gorilla wood glue and tacked it with my nail gun. (I only added detail to the area ABOVE where the sewing cabinet would rest)



dry fitUsing some clamps I get an idea of how it’s going to look. I used spackling to fill the nail holes.


painting hall treeI painted it Beluga Black using my favorite Homeright Finish Max.

blue dry brushI used some blue paint and a dry brush technique to get an aged look to the door and the cabinet.

minwax-stainI wish I could tell you exactly how I mixed the stains, I just kept going until I got the look I wanted on the front door and the top of the cabinet. (see below) I had sanded the top down, but didn’t do anything but clean up the doors.



sewing cabinet makeoverI think they match really well, don’t you?

how to make a hall tree out of a hollow core door MyRepurposedLife.com

A couple of coat rack hooks were added to make this the perfect addition for an entryway or hallway.

What you may not know about me is this—for the most part, I don’t make items for my home. I make them JUST so I can write tutorials to show YOU how to make them. Because of this, I don’t want to haul the items into my home for pictures, so I built a portable wall for staging. In addition I made a faux hardwood floor to go with the wall.



Here’s another DIY entryway table I made from another one of these $2 doors and a $5 dresser mirror.

I hope you stop by My Repurposed Life to see more great projects.

Thank you Debbie for allowing me to crash your place today! It was fun, and I hope your friends liked my project—if not, it’s your fault since you inspired me. Smile



  1. Just beautiful! Pinning so I don’t lose it – love that blue color and finish combo with the natural wood.

  2. I love a good repurposed door project and both of your hall trees are awesome! Gail, I’m swooning over the paint colors on yours, especially paired with that pretty custom stain color. Pinning to share 🙂

  3. The colours in this are amazing. So complimentary. LOVE!

  4. So funny, I opened my email to see you, Gail at Debbie’s place today:) I love both of your projects and hope I find a good door for a project like yours! Pinned:)

  5. What a fun piece, I love it and storage anywhere is always welcome.

  6. I just love all our projects, where do you find all the energy, and how did you learn to use all those tools.

  7. Debbie,

    Although I love how my project turned out, I still like your hall tree better. Happy to be visiting Refresh Restyle today.


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