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. 1

    I love this! I don’t have a corner I could put one of these in right now, but if I did I would so be making one of these! I love that you changed out the doorknob. It’s so cute!

  2. 5
    Shahny

    OMG!! I love this! So freakin creative!!

  3. 6

    This is great I love it what an ingenious idea and you take really great photos even the before photo is good I really struggle to get good pics.

  4. 8

    Seriously love the color you picked out. I love the doorknob. makes me wish I still had this purple vintage one I once owned. I love to re-purpose & this is great!

  5. 9

    New House come Summer. This is on my list of eventual…can’t wait to do it…must find a way…projects. So creative.

  6. 10

    Love this! i have so many corners this could be cute in. What a great color choice too!

  7. 11

    I love, love, love that doorknob. What a perfect finishing touch!

  8. 12

    I am definitely making this once I get a place of my own. I love it!

  9. 13

    I *LOVE* this!
    I wish I had a corner to put one in!!
    And that door knob… GORGEOUS!
    GREAT job!

  10. 14

    Question: If you put the two equally cut pieces together at a right angle, wouldn’t one side be shorter than the other by about an inch?

    1. 14.1

      Hi Joy,
      No, we lined the edges of the 2 sides up and put the brackets. The sides do not overlap at all. They are held in place with L brackets in the back- 1 side of the L bracket is screwed into 1 half and the other side of the L bracket is screwed into the other half of the door. {that’s why its so important to cut the door in half very straight…} Does that make sense? Clear as mud??
      thanks,
      linda

  11. 15
    Laurie

    The door-shelf is adorable! Now I’m looking at a couple of old bi-fold doors that my son kicked out of his room, and wondering if they could serve just as well as a base for a similar shelf unit. I’d be able to skip the step of cutting the door in half, and just go forward from step 2. Cool! And another project on my to-do list – oops.

  12. 16
    Kris

    Just saw this on pinterest last night but didn’t realize it was yours ’til I saw this email link…..what an awesome project!

  13. 17

    This project ROCKS! I just wanted to let you know I featured it today on “You Sew Rock Me Fridays” on my blog Sew Rockin’. Here’s the link if you want to check it out:

  14. 18

    This could totally be done with a bifold door, too, couldn’t it? I have several in my garage (I hate them as closet doors!) that could, I think, be converted. Will definitely be pinning this idea!

    1. 18.1

      Hi Debbie,
      Yes, you could totally do it with bifold doors! thanks for stopping by and pinning :)
      happy crafting,
      linda

  15. 20

    This is fabulous! I love corner shelves and what a way to repurpose a door. And I love the color.

  16. 21
    Rebecca

    I just found two old sidelights I am going to do this with… Thanks for the idea!!! Would you mind sharing the name and make of the color? Love it!!!

    1. 21.1

      Hi Rebecca,
      Thanks! I used Lagoon colored spray paint from Rustoluem to paint my door. {It took 2 cans} If you have more questions, just let me know!
      happy crafting,
      linda

  17. 22
    alexys

    Let me just tell you that this is AMAZING! My Dad is a general contractor, so he has all the expensive tools I would need to make this. I am in the process of trying to redo my bedroom, and I am hesitant since I have limited wall space. My room in HUGE, however my house was built by my grandfather in the late 60’s early 70’s and the entire left side is 3 closets, the opposite is a picture window, the opposing walls are my door, and opposite that, my bed, make up table etc. This is such a great idea for my room since it only takes up a corner! Thank you soooooo soooo much!!! =]

    1. 22.1

      awesome! This would be perfect for your home! would love to see yours when you make one :) feel free to post a pic on my FB page and show it off! i’m so glad you stopped by!
      happy crafting,
      linda

  18. 23
    Karen

    What a wonderful idea! Have been wanting a corner shelf and came across this! Thank-you for sharing :)

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  20. 24
    Haley

    doing this tmro!!! im excited!!

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  22. 25

    Okay, looking at this beautiful project and wondering…instead of making the shelves yourself and rounding them, why not buy a round piece of wood from the do-it-yourself-box stores and cut it into quarters? I think that would save some time & frustration for someone like me who can’t even cut a perfect circle with scissors! ;-)

  23. 26

    Amazing! I can’t believe how amazingly cute, vintage & beachy all in one look! This has such a fun look! def making me a corner door!!

    1. 26.1

      Thanks, Mandy! I hope you do make one. I love mind and its so fun to decorate with. I’m so glad you stopped by! have a great weekend.
      happy crafting,
      linda

  24. 27

    This kind of diy s are my favorit, if I change my door, I would like to make a shelf like this :)
    I shared this lovely idea at my blog witf your link, thanks for sharing :)
    Love from Turkiye….

  25. 28
    michele

    I have four of these crystal doorknobs from my Meme and Pepe’s homestead that are precious to me, but because of mechanical difficulties I was unable to use them functionally. Super idea!

  26. 29

    I absolutely love this idea. I have seen very intriguing tables made out of different styles of doors, but this idea is most definitely unique~ Thank you for sharing~

  27. 30
    Cassandra

    This looks sooo good, you really did a great job! I have a question though, where did you get the shelves and how did you cut them? Also, where did you find an old door knob?
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. 30.1

      Hi Cassandra,
      Thanks for stopping by! We cut the shelves out of particle board with a jig saw. I got the old door knob from another decoration I had. But you can find them at antique stores. Hope this helps!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

  28. 31
    Jenna

    LOVE this! My dad is coming to town this summer & is going to help me make this for our new house!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    1. 31.1

      Awesome!! What a great dad you have! I’m so glad you stopped by, Jenna! I’d love to see how your turns out :)
      happy crafting,
      Linda

  29. 32

    I found this on Tumblr and had to click it! I love this idea, the perfect project for the corner next to my fireplace. Thanks for sharing!

    1. 32.1

      I’m so glad you stopped by and said hi, Whitney! I love my corner shelf! Its so much fun to decorate. You should totally make one to put by your fireplace.
      happy crafting!
      Linda

  30. 33
    Tim

    what kind of door needs to be used, a solid and/or hollow?

  31. 34

    This is too cute. I’m in love with everything DOOR-related, especially if it’s vintage. And the turquoise color helps too. ;)

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  33. 36

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  34. 37
    Melanie

    Oh my gosh! I love this. And I can picture two of them bracketed corner to corner, anchored to a large lazy-susan on the bottom to make a rotating free-standing four-sided shelf!

    1. 37.1

      What a cool idea, Melanie! Love it!! That would make the coolest lazy susan shelf ever!! Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

  35. 38

    This is darling! I saw one on pinterest- probably your original- and told my hubby I wanted one for Christmas. I’m still waiting… But I LOVE the turquoise! Thanks for the step by step!

    1. 38.1

      Thank you, Elise! you probably did see the old version lol. Its been floating around pinterest lately! I’m so glad you stopped by!
      happy crafting,
      Linda

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  37. 39

    So, I absolutely love your door corner shelf, but i have to know… is that a solid wood door? I want to make one but have no idea how you’d do it with a modern, hollow core door. So, will you share your secret???

    1. 39.1

      Hi Lexi,
      Thanks for the note! the door on my corner shelf is actually a modern door and partially hollow BUT down the center of the door is a solid piece of wood that runs from top to bottom. I think most hallow doors have it. I can send you a picture of the back if you want. There’s not secret! :)
      happy crafting,
      Linda

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  40. 40
    Sandy

    What a great idea!
    I love your living room done and that pop of color on the corner door-amazing.

  41. 41

    I made your door! THANK YOU for the FANTASTIC inspiration!

  42. 42
    Michael L

    Was wondering if the door you used is a solid wood door or is it one of the newer hollow interior doors?

    1. 42.1

      Hi Michael,
      Its a semi hollow door with a solid core in the center, which is what we cut through and used to secure the door in a 90 degree angle.
      thanks,
      Linda

  43. 43
    Barbara LaMotta

    Adorable

  44. 44
    Rachel

    This is awesome! I saw this in the morning, and we had made it by nightfall. Already had an old door, though ours has just one panel (not two) so we had to cut down the middle of it…leaving a few holes along the way where the indentations line up. I think it adds character :)

    1. 44.1

      Awesome, Rachel! Thanks for letting me know! I’d love to see a pic :) Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,
      Linda