i should be mopping the floor: Making an Old Door Table

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Making an Old Door Table

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Our old door table has been in the works for a while. I'm so happy it's DONE and we're able to enjoy it all summer long. This table is made up of an old door from a friend of mine and plumbing conduit that my husband configured for the base. It serves as the perfect patio table.

How to DIY a Patio Table
I've had the hardest time finding a dining table for our patio. After living here an entire year, I just went for it and made my own. Initially, we went with the plumbing pipe table base because it was the simplest solution with minimal construction...now I just love how it looks and can't imagine it without the pipe. See how we put this old door table together below (including the painting techniques).

Making an Old Door Table

Old Door Turned Table
As you can see from the photos, I left all of the holes and indentions from locks, knobs, and hinges. I think they give this table so much character. One big question I've been asked is regarding the top of the table. I thought about putting a large piece of glass over the top to give it one level surface. However, the decorative squares act as perfect built-in places at the table. And they do not mess with how place settings sit on the table. It's not ideal for writing or anything like that...but we don't really use a patio table for that in our house, so it's okay with us. I may still add glass...I just want to see how it goes without it for a bit longer.  

Using Plumbing Pipe for a Table
We started with our door. This was given to me by my sweet friend, Bonnie, about a year ago. It came off of her grandma's home and was destined for a burn pile...until Bonnie asked if I'd like it (ummm...yeah). Again, we decided on plumbing pipe legs to avoid any kind of big build (we're tired, y'all...it's been a wild spring!). But, I never knew I would love the plumbing pipe base so much. 

Plumbing Pipe Base Supplies:

We used 3/4" plumbing pipe for all pieces. You'll have to be consistent with this.
  • 1- 60" pipe (this is the long piece at the bottom that holds it all together, both ends need to be threaded)
  • 8- flanges
  • 6- t parts
  • 4- 24" pieces (threaded on both ends)
  • 4- 8" pieces (threaded on both ends)
  • 4- 4" pieces (this is what is pictured...this was a little tall for our chairs and we went back and switched these with 1" nipple pieces later, threaded on both ends...but it's total preference)
We purchased all standard lengths and didn't need anything cut. However, most big box stores can cut and thread plumbing conduit, if you ask.

Conduit Supplies for Table Base

Putting Together an Old Door Table:

There isn't anything fancy to tell you here. We literally just screwed it all together by hand. We used a wrench on the final "go-round" just to make sure it was all tight. I have the configuration photographed for you below.

Plumbing Table Leg Joint

Table Legs from Conduit
One set of flanges sat on the ground. We attached the other ones to the bottom of the table, using 3/4" screws that were thick enough to hold the flanges in place. We did pre-drill the holes to avoid splitting the wood on our old door before screwing the flanges into it.

How to Paint Metal Conduit

Painting Technique:

The paint job on the plumbing pieces was a complete mistake that worked out for the better. I had it in my head that I wanted to try to coordinate the pipe with the finish on the chairs I purchased. So, I spray painted them with white chalk-style spray paint. I spent hours doing this to get a nice, even coat. The minute I was finished with it, I realized I had just wasted a boatload of time to make the piping mimic PVC (which was definitely NOT the look I was going for). So, I lightly sanded the white chalk-style paint to reveal the silver plumbing finish in large areas of the legs (I used a coarse grit sand paper for this). Then I used a dark wax and made the pipe look a bit old and weathered. I ended up loving the outcome...but it was totally not planned!

Wax Puck for Painting
For the door, I also wanted a weathered look. I used my wax puck over the surface. This creates a light barrier where the paint doesn't completely adhere to the wood...making it easier to sand off later. 

UPDATE: it's been almost two years and this has weathered considerably (probably more than I'd like). I plan to go over it this summer with another coat of paint and marine-grade varnish.

Chalk Paint Technique
I used my Waverly chalk-style paint in Agave for the door. 
I just brushed it on in two coats.

Agave Chalk Paint
I hand sanded it to get a nice, weathered look. 

DIY Patio Table
I used Waverly's White Wax (love this stuff) to go over the entire table and give it a washed, look. I wiped off any excess with a soft cloth. 

UPDATE: Water tended to pool in the recessed areas of this table when it rained. We stopped this by drilling small holes in each recessed corner...it worked like a charm for drainage.

Outdoor Table

Farmhouse Patio Table Chairs:

As crazy as it sounds, I ordered these chairs on Amazon, y'all. I love this style of chair but had a hard time finding an outdoor version that wasn't a floppity-jillion dollars per chair. But, good ol' Amazon came through. (UPDATE: it's been almost two years and we still love these chairs. They stay outside 24/7 and have held up remarkably.)


Farmhouse Patio Table
To show what I mentioned earlier, a plate and entire place setting fit perfectly in the decorative areas of the door. They don't wobble or anything. This was another fun, unexpected surprise. 

Plumbing Pipe Table Legs

DIY Patio Table
To see how I made my polka dotted tin can centerpieces, click here

Plumbing Conduit Table

Old Door Patio Table
I highly recommend an old door table to anyone...
we're super happy with how ours turned out!

And be sure to check out our entire patio makeover here.

Free Instructions for Old Door Table