DIY Door Shelf TUTORIAL

{happy wednesday, crafters!} Hope your week is going wonderfully. Today I am showing off my corner shelf made from an old door. My corner door shelf is one of my all time favorite pieces of furniture!

Davis and I made this about 5 years ago when we bought our first home. {sweet memories} Originally, I painted the door shelf an off white with a brown wash over it. {you can see my original picture of the corner shelf here. my style has changed a lot since then….as has my photog skills lol} I recently gave my corner door shelf a makeover with a coat of turquoise spray paint…..

Door turned into a Corner Door Shelf

corner door shelf

Its right at home in my Sitting Room! I’m doing turquoise and lime green in there and I’m using my shelf made from a door as the focal point/statement piece…..And it kinda rocks at both jobs! I’m still debating whether I should do a dark wash over the turquoise or not. Not sure if it will go with the modern-vintage look I’m going for in the room.

***will post pics of my Sitting Room when its done!***

added later: you can see my entire front room here.

corner shelf made from a door

Of course I used milk glass to accessorize it! the lime green flowers in a bud vase totally pop. So lively and fun!

antique door knob

I changed out the door knob with a vintage replica….and its sort of the frosting on the cake.

Corner Door Shelf

how to make a corner shelf

Here is the before and after picture. Kinda crazy, huh? One of my all time fave projects!

How to make a Door Shelf

supplies: door, circular saw, screw driver, screws, 13-90 degree metal L brackets, sand paper, door knob.

  1. First, we cut the door in half using a circular saw. {draw lines and measure twice!}
  2. Secure the two door pieces to be at a 90 degree angle using clamps and a helper. {i was the helper :)
  3. Screw in 5-90 degree metal brackets to the back to hold the 2 pieces together.
  4. Cut 4 shelves out of particle board to fit the measurements of your door. {note: we rounded the outer edge of the shelves, but you could leave them square.}
  5. Secure the shelves in place using 2-90 degree metal brackets under each one.
  6. Sand any rough edges with 200 grit sandpaper.
  7. Change the door knob, if desired. TIP: I recommend only putting one side of the door knob on so that the corner shelf can sit flush with the wall. Otherwise, you would have to leave room between the wall and shelf to allow for the knob.
  8. Paint and distress the door as desired. {I used 2 cans of turquoise spray paint for mine}

So that’s how we made my corner shelf. I love this piece! Its so cool and I still get loads of compliments on it. I think it would be cool to get different old doors and turn them into shelves like this. think of all the cool door designs! So many possibilities.

If you make a door shelf, I would love to see a picture!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥
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  1. 51

    Love this so much! I am in the process of recreating this at my house. The only problem I’m having is finding a great door knob. Any advice? Everything is very expensive. Thanks!

    1. 51.1

      Thanks, Corrie! Try thrift store, antique stores, or auctions. You can sometimes find killer knobs for great prices! Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

  2. 52
    malarie

    did you have to secure the shelf to a base so it doesn’t fall over?

  3. 53

    I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this project on pinterest! I have been looking for a corner cabinet or other project for my newly redone kitchen…And this work perfectly for the entry! I can’t wait to get started on this project….! Thanks SOOOO much for posting this!!!

    1. 53.1

      Awesome!! I’m so glad you like it and are making one of your own! Its one of my fave pieces! I’d love to see a quick pic of yours when you’re done, if you have time :) Thanks for stopping by, Sherry!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

  4. 54
    vinida

    The color you choose is really nice. It gives a bright, joy, yet charming feeling. The idea itself is also great. I might try this some day since I have a leftover wooden door in my storage.

    Your tip to remove one side of the door knob is really important… I can’t imagine how I would feel if the painting is finish but the door cannot cling to the wall because of the knob.

  5. 55

    For the shelves, you could also use a round wooden table top and cut it into quarters. I’m pretty sure Home Depot has round cuts.

  6. 56
    Leah R.

    This is awesome! Did you secure it to the wall with anything? Or is it just standing against it?

  7. 57
    Jamie

    Aha! A use for the crappy bifold closet doors I can’t wait to replace! Great idea!

  8. 58
    Veronica

    Adoorable! I’ve got to try this! Does the door stand on the floor? Did you mount it to the wall? Or add “feet”?

    1. 58.1

      Hi Veronica,
      Thanks! Yes, it stands on the floor. I did not add any feet :) We did attach it to the wall with some nylon webbing because we have little kids and don’t want it to fall on them i they bumped it. It actually stands up just fine on its own as long as you attach the 2 piece together flush and even.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

      1. Hi Linda, I did make one of these doors for a client and she has contacted me to let me know it is NOT sturdy on the carpet, it is front heavy. Stood fine on my hardwood floors. hhmm how can I help her sturdy this? thank you

        1. How do I post a pic of mine? thanks

        2. Yes, they are a bit front heavy. I use nylon webbing attached to the back of the door and then I attached the other side to the wall to prevent tips.

  9. 59
    Christine

    I’m going to make one of these for my antique booth….wish I could see the backside and get an idea for the bracket or clamps used. Great idea!

  10. 60

    I LOVE this door shelf. I have an old door that I can use to make me one. Is this steady enough to use without securing it to the wall?
    Just found your blog and will be adding you to my faviorites.

    1. 60.1

      Hi Kelly,
      THanks for stopping by! The corner shelf is sturdy enough to stand on its own, which is what we did for years. But when we had kids, we decided to bolt it to the wall like we did all of our other furniture :) So as long as you don’t have pets or kids that could climb or play on it, it will stand just fine. Hope this helps! Stop by again soon!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

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  12. 61
    Cassandra

    What did you put on the bottom? Does it stay pretty sturdy and upright in the corner by itself or did you anchor it to the wall? I have a closet door that I’m going to make into this.

    1. 61.1

      Hi Cassandra,
      The only thing on the bottom is felt {like the circles you put on the bottom of chair legs} to keep it from scratching our wood floors. The corner shelf is very sturdy and stands well on its own. But after having kids, we did use nylon strapping to secure the shelf to the wall as our kids to like sit and play on the bottom shelf sometimes. Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

  13. 62
    Ngoc Chau

    Hi, came to your blog by chance but really love all the craft stuff you’ve mde. It’s good to have enough space and tools to do whatever we like! Keep doing! Greetings from Hochiminh city, Vietnam

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  15. 63

    I usually don’t like things like this but this particular project worked really well =)
    I like the pop of colour and the actual concept.
    Great job <3

  16. 64
    Rachel

    This may have been asked in a previous post but does it matter if you use a soild or hollow door?
    Great job by the way…Very creative and I can’t wait to do this myself. I’m just starting to get into to crafts that will spruce up my home. Thank you for sharing.

  17. 65
    Lauren

    Beautiful! Is this a hollow core door, or a solid wood door?

    1. 65.1

      Hi Lauren,
      It is a hollow core door. The center has a solid beam and that is where we cut, so you can use either a hollow or solid door.
      thanks!
      Linda

  18. 66
    B

    Hi–I like the proportions of this repurposed door shelf. What was the original width of the door?

    Thanks!

  19. 67
    Lanae Davelaar

    Hi, I plan on making this door shelf! so excited as it will be my mom’s mother’s day project! anyhow i have a question! Did you really cut the door in true half? I just ask this because of the overlap from the ends of the door halves that you have to have to put the L brackets on or did you measure the thickness of the door and move the half way line over the distance of the thickness? or were you not that picky? OR haha am I thinking the wrong direction? did you meet the back edges and have the wings of the L brackets line the cut portion(thickness of door part)? If i’m confusing you I apologize but I could use the clear up

    1. 67.1

      Hi Lanae,
      Thanks for the note! My hubby and I originally made the door shelf right after we were married and didn’t know much about wood working. So we did cut the door directly in half and placed the 2 pieces at a 90 degree angle with the cut edges together. Looking back now, it would have been better to off set the cut the width of the door so they overlapped the width of the door and then secured with brackets. But our door shelf has held up nicely and been sturdy. So I’m sure either way is just fine! Hope this helps!
      good luck!
      Linda

  20. 68
    jeanne

    This is just tooo cool. love it, and I never would of thought to do this with a door. Great work.

  21. 70
    Judith Paton

    This is such a cool idea. We have two old doors in the garage just using space. Oh this is so great, thanks for sharing this idea with us Linda. I have my own craft room, teaching others the ins and outs of crafting and painting. Keep it going, i love your ideas. Judith Paton – South Africa

    1. 70.1

      Thank you, Judith! Glad you enjoyed my door shelf. Its a great way to use those two doors in your garage!
      happy crafting!
      Linda

  22. 71
    Ellen Fransen

    I’m totally using this idea in my next appartment!
    We’re going to move into our new place in a few months and your blog is really giving me
    the inspiration I need to make our house a home, thank you!
    greetings from Belgium

  23. 72
    Annie

    What a fun build. How cool it would be if there was a secret doorway behind it?

  24. 73

    I am in so much love with this! I just stumbled across you, and I may never leave :) I think I own the same copper bucket on your bottom shelf. I use it for umbrellas.

  25. 74
    Faith

    I used shutters

  26. 75
    Lindsay

    Awesome idea!!

  27. 76
    Kimberly Weidner

    I just just finished reading your blog and tutorials gray information. Thank you. I noticed you talked about milk glass in a few of your dyi’s, are you a collector?

    1. 76.1

      Yes, I collect milk glass. Its special to me because my great grandma collected old dishes and she gave me my first piece of milk glass and I fell in love :) Do you collect milk glass?

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  30. 77
    RT

    I can’t imagine this for a DIY project, but this is awesome :) I’m sure gonna have one in my house :)

  31. 78

    That is a very neat idea!

  32. 79
    elizabeth

    love this