Continuing the day of awesome upcycles from this morning’s post, our Turning Tables DIY week is going strong! You are going to LOVE how Kim turned her salvaged treasures (aka someone else’s trash) and a bit of lumber into an amazing outdoor serving table, complete with a sink! Give her a super amazing Remodelaholic welcome, and remember to browse all the #TurningTablesDIY posts here, plus to subscribe by email or RSS and follow along over on Facebook so you won’t miss a single one of the amazing posts we have coming up!
How to Upcycle a Door into an Outdoor Serving Table with a Sink
by Kim from Hunt & Host
Hi friends! I’m Kim and I blog over at Hunt & Host. It’s a fun little space where I hunt for un-loved treasures and show you how make them all your own. I mix it up with a dose of Christian inspiration so often you get a two for one…inspiration AND DIY! We bought a run down 1950 ranch a few years ago and it is a constant source of fuel for my crafty fire.
There are lots of before and afters in our home tour. Like this before of our pool house. It shows how much work we had to do on our outdoor space when we bought our house (the inside wasn’t any better!) I hope you’ll hop over and check it out after I share this cute DIY table that will rock all your outdoor party entertaining this summer!
This particular project started when my mom and I pulled this old door out of a curb side trash heap…on our way home from church! My husband was out of town so it was just us in our heels and skirts doing the dirty heavy lifting! Months later while visiting a friend I saw her kitchen sink on the curb. She was remodeling her kitchen and it was out with the old. So of course I scooped it up!
Wouldn’t you know I had the perfect plan in mind! We do lots of outdoor entertaining around our pool and I needed a good place for drinks and food. After finding some ideas on Pinterest I set out to put my new found junk to use.
- 2X4 wood. amount depends on your door size
- Wood screws
- Sandpaper or hand sander
- Scrap wood for bottom shelf
- Saw – I used a chop saw to cut all wood pieces
- Tape measure
I started upside down. First I laid out the width of the sink and door to line up my 2X4 material to the proper lengths.
I wanted the lip of the sink to rest on the base. You will have to measure according to the materials you scrape together! Next I build a box frame for the top base. The legs were attached to the outsides of the box. Be sure to account for the leg thickness when measuring your overall frame. You want the door top to have some overhang. I secured the frame by adding cross braces in the middle and bottom as well as a back piece that ran the entire length of the table. There is also a center brace across the bottom for stability and to hold the bottom shelf. It was added directly on center.
Knowing this table would be nestled up next to our pool I wanted a fun color. Luckily I came across a gallon of oops paint I was able to snag for $9! (oops paint is the paint people return or don’t buy because they don’t like how the color turned out. You can always find a small shelf of it at your big box home stores. It’s a great way to get cheap paint!) I used two coats on the entire frame and on the bottom of my kitchen sink.
I rummaged through my scrap wood pile and got a mixture of wood color and finishes to build out the bottom shelf. (I always use scrap from my awesome pile of fence pickets for projects, like this kitchen message board.) The bottom shelf only covers 2/3 of the base to allow for leg room should you want to push up a stool! The extra shelf is a great storage area for pool gadgets. On the entire project I used wood screws to tightly secure the wood in place. Nails just aren’t sturdy enough.
Using a jig saw I cut the hole for the sink. One of the door panels was cracked so removing it worked out perfectly. When starting a cut in the middle of a board begin by drilling a large hole inside the area you are cutting away. This allows you to slip your jigsaw into the hole as a starting point. Sand the edges when done.
The sink sits tightly enough in between the top rails that it holds together. This makes the table much lighter to move and easy to clean. The sink is just dropped in place and can easily be removed to clean or dump.
The rusty hinges and scuffed up history just add to the feel of this project! I hope you like it! Come over to the blog for a visit and see our other trash to treasure projects!
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