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Interior: Turn an old wooden door into an attractive work bench with a little bit of help from Resene.

How to recycle a wooden door to create a new work bench

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 95

Difficulty level:  Moderate

To get the look:  Mark painted the background woodwork with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Quarter Alabaster.

Other ideas:  For a clean white effect paint the bench base with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Black White and use Resene Colorwood Whitewash on the benchtop.

You will need:

  • 65mm nails
  • 65mm screws
  • 50mm x 50mm timber (approx 3.6m)
  • Clamp
  • Fence palings cut to the following lengths:
    • 1800mm (x2)
    • 500mm (x4)
  • Clean cloths
  • Drill with 3.5mm drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Karen Walker Chalk Colour – Vintage Wax
  • Old wooden door measuring 1900mm x 600mm
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

How to make a work bench from an old door:

Step 1 Step one
Assemble the pieces of fence paling to form the underside base of the bench, as shown, fixing with 65mm nails.
Step 2 Step two
Attach the wooden door to the underside base, fixing with 65mm nails.
Step 3 Step three
Measure, mark and cut the 50mm x 50mm timber into four 900mm lengths to form the bench legs. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 4 Step four
Place one of the bench legs in position and hold with a clamp, checking that it’s square in both directions using a set square. Fix to the bench base with 65mm screws, drilling pilot holes first. Repeat with the other three legs.
Step 5 Step five
Remove any old paint from the bench top and edges using the sander and wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 6 Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the bench base and legs and allow to dry.
Step 7 Step seven
Apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Permanent Green to the bench base and legs, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8 Step eight
Wearing rubber gloves, apply a generous amount of Karen Walker Vintage Wax to the bench top and edges and then remove any excess wax with a clean cloth. Allow the wax to dry.

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