Projects to ponder: fences made of old doors

One to-do or not-to-do project that Heath and I grapple with is whether or not to invest in a privacy fence. Really the only reason we have for not is the price tag. Choosing to put in a privacy fence would mean ultimately giving up a vacation or another project we desperately want to cross off our list. So what’s a girl to do to when she wants to be shielded from the neighbor’s relentlessly barking schnauzer but doesn’t want to be robbed blind by the cost of fence building? One potential possibility: doors.

Doors? Yes, doors. The Habitat for Humanity Restore had an abundance of old doors for about $10 a pop. Interesting. Very interesting. And it turns out, I’m not the only person who thinks the door-as-a-fence idea works. Photos from Pinterest.

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Perhaps it’s time to do some quick algebra.

1,308(inches) / 32(the average door’s width in inches) x $10 (the door’s cost = $408.75.  Adding in taxes and the cost of posts and other miscellaneous  materials, that price tag still comes in much lower than a traditional fence, and I kinda dig the funky mismatch vibe. Plus anytime you can reuse old materials and practice green construction, it’s a good thing.

Maybe this door fence idea isn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but it certainly isn’t the worst.

21 Comments on “Projects to ponder: fences made of old doors”

  1. kmom says:

    Having constructed a gate from old Habitat doors, you know I’m a fan, however, 99% of the ones I found were hollow core and would not weather. They would delaminate and deteriorate, I fear. I like doors as accents more than solid construction. Too busy for my aesthetic, I reckon.

  2. megbenj says:

    I absolutely love the idea of re-using doors! Funky and unique!

  3. What a Great Way to Recycle and it has a Creative, Artistic feel too! Happy Tuesday:)

  4. I love this idea when used in the right spot or as an accent.These fences made of doors have so much unique character and personality! It’s so neat to think about the different houses and buildings the doors might have originally be used in.

    • Thanks! I’ll be interested to check out the Restore collection this weekend to really see if its possible with their selection. It’s nice to have cheerleaders for such an off-beat project.

  5. Michelle White says:

    I love, love, love this idea. I have already collected 4 doors and looking for more. Do I have to treat them in anyway to be able to extend the life expectancy of the door?

  6. Liz says:

    Just curious to know if this project got going or not. If so were there any problems?

  7. julieann211 says:

    Wow I truly love this idea! How magnificent this would look around yard or even a garden!

  8. […] – If you want to add a ton of unique personality to your space consider making a fence of doors. You can go with doors that are exactly the same size and style or mix-and-match for a funky vibe. […]

  9. JoAnne says:

    I think a clear exterior sealant, several coates, or fiberglass resin will seal this wood. You need to make sure all is sealed and check it yearly.

  10. i’m thinking this over myself. Need a privacy fence. So many ideas to choice from. This is what
    I want to do……………and I already have 3 doors to start. Think I’ll just add an antique/vintage door as I see one I like. This will be fun.

  11. […] This fence made of doors have so much unique character and personality! (Photo via The Doodle House) […]

  12. Jean says:

    We’re doing this soon …menards and home depot have clearance doors for $5 – $20. Solid doors are a must

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