Projects that give new life to something old are always inspiring, and these garden arbors are no exception. Old doors can be made into beautiful pergolas or arbors for garden entryways.
Used doors can be found for free or cheap at your local used building materials store or online classifieds. A little paint and creativity can transform them into a beautiful focal point in any garden.
Ready for some fun ideas? Here are 11 gorgeous garden arbors made with repurposed doors:
The beautiful arbor below was a weekend project for these homeowners. It was made from salvaged doors sanded down and given a fresh coat of white paint. The top rafters were cut from 2′ x 8′ boards.
This is a beautifully simple concept utilizing doors that might otherwise have been tossed in the dump. See more images shared by the homeowner, Jeanne S., on Flea Market Gardening
Emily and Keith from She Buys, He Builds used vintage doors to build this beautiful arbor. They used it for their wedding, decorating the doors with flowers and their initials. Hopefully they kept it as a permanent fixture in their yard to remember their special day.
Brian Patrick Flynn on DIY Network created a great step-by-step tutorial on how to repurpose doors to make this simple garden arbor. This is an inexpensive and relatively simple DIY project that completely transforms the space next to this home.
Using decorative screen doors instead of wood doors can give an arbor a bit more of an elegant look, like this one from Designed on Sunshine. These doors were found for cheap at a reuse store.
Used metal storm doors are readily available for sale in online classifieds and at used building supply stores. Paint them white, add the top boards, and you have a cute and classy garden arbor!
Cheryl from 22 Applegate Lane found this unique garden arbor on a trip to Webbs Hills, Maine. The coolest part of this piece is the fact that it is made out of mismatched doors. Proof you don’t have to have two matching doors to create a really neat upcycled arbor!
This beautiful arbor found on Empress of Dirt has several creative elements. I love how the top is made of wood stained to match the deck. The squares on the bottom half of the doors are made from dollar store picture frames. And hanging plants in the window spaces is genius!
Glass french doors can easily be transformed into a little garden archway. Distracting Debbie found these for $8 apiece at a salvage store. You certainly can’t beat that!
Here’s another brilliant idea found on Flea Market Gardening. Instead of a garden entrance, use old glass doors as a pergola for a garden seating area!
This arbor from Under a Pile of Scrap is absolutely gorgeous – and made from yard sale storm doors! While finding a matching pair can be a challenge, it’s worth the wait when this is the end result.
Add some bright colors and you can turn scrap doors into a functional garden showpiece. This one, from Conservation Garden Park, is a bright sunshine yellow that matches the front door of the house.