Replacing the doors in your home can be a great way to increase both security and aesthetic value. Once you have installed new Andersen doors in your home, you can easily turn your old doors into functional items that can be used throughout your home and garden.

Here are two unique projects you can complete if you want to breathe new life into your old doors.

1. Turn your old door into a decorative mirror.

If the door you replaced has a full length window, you can easily convert the door into a decorative mirror that can be used anywhere in your home. All you have to do is carefully remove the pane of glass from the door by stripping away the sealer used to secure the glass in place with a small knife.

Once the glass is removed, measure the window opening and invest in a plain mirror with the same dimensions. You can then use a two-part epoxy to glue the wood frame of the door to the mirror. 

2. Use your old door to create outdoor seating.

If you are looking for unique seating for your outdoor living space, your old door could provide a simple solution. Turning your old door into a bench will lend some charm to your backyard. Begin by cutting your door in half horizontally, leaving two large panels and two small panels intact.

Next, cut the two halves vertically to create the four pieces you will need for your bench. Using 2" x 4" pieces of wood, create a rectangular frame that one of the larger pieces of your door can rest on. This will be the seat of your bench. Attach the seat section to the seat frame with screws, and use more screws to attach the second large piece of your door to form a backrest. Use the two smaller pieces of your door for the sides of your bench, and place your new bench outdoors where it can be enjoyed in the future.

Finding new ways to use old doors doesn't have to be difficult. When you take the time to think outside the box, you can come up with unique ways to incorporate old doors into your home and garden decor. Using an old door to create a decorative mirror can be an affordable way to get the large mirror your home needs, and creating an outdoor bench out of an old door allows you to make your backyard more comfortable.