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Did you know that sliding doors are a great way to save space in any room of your home? This DIY sliding door tutorial will show you how to convert a regular hinged door into a sliding door

Switching from a hinged door to a sliding one can save you a great amount of space at home, especially in small kitchens and bathrooms. And you don’t even need to buy a new door, you can turn your old door into a sliding one, saving a lot of money in the process.

DIY sliding door project
DIY sliding door project

This tutorial will show you how to get this done so that you can make the best out of the available space in your home.

DIY sliding door: Tools and materials

Tools you'll need for the door project
Tools you’ll need for the door project

Cost, duration and difficulty

If you already have most of the necessary tools, the total cost of the materials is approximately £90. 

The level of difficulty is medium, as you will need to have some experience using power tools and assembling furniture. If you would prefer an easier option, you can always purchase indoor and sliding doors, ready for installation, on ManoMano.co.uk.

This project will take about 8 or 10 hours from beginning to end, so you will need a full day for your DIY sliding door project.

DIY sliding door from a hinged door tutorial

When turning a door into a DIY sliding door, we have to bear in mind that a hinged door fits right inside the door frame, while a sliding door rests outside the frame. It is for this reason that the sliding door needs to be at least 2 cm wider than the hinged door.

In this particular case, the door opening was bigger than the hinged door that we were recycling (15 cm wider). In addition, the door had glass panels that we wanted to remove. The following are the steps that we followed to make the door wider and give it the look of a barn door.

Upcycle an old door into a functional sliding door
Upcycle an old door into a functional sliding door

Step 1 – Remove the door’s glass panels

Remove the glass panels of the original hinged door
Remove the glass panels of the original hinged door

First, we removed the door’s mouldings around the glass panels. We cut it with a sabre saw and used a chisel and hammer to remove the mouldings.

You can also use a handsaw rather than the sabre saw, but it will require more strength and time.

Step 2 – Make the door wider

You can widen the sliding door
You can widen the door

In the next step we made the hinged door wider and covered the central opening with wood.

We cut a few wooden boards measuring 50 x 7 x 2.2 cm with the mitre saw, and then we fixed them with screws onto the inner side of the frame. For this we used a dowelling jig as it allows you to drill oblique holes.In order to widen the door, we screwed a few slats measuring 220 x 3.4 x 3.4 cm to one of its sides, until we reached the desired width. It had to be wide enough to fit the door opening and to prevent the light from coming through. Bear in mind that the screw heads must be flush with the slats to avoid gaps in between them.  

Step 3 – Finish the door with wood panelling

Stick panelling to the sliding door
Stick panelling to the sliding door

Next, we covered the door with wood panelling. This was a good way to hide the different materials that had been used and give it a more uniform look. Plus, we wanted the door to have a distinct and decorative style, that of an old barn door. We applied grab adhesive over the entire surface and then fixed the wood planks to it one by one.  

Step 4 – Protect and decorate the wood

In the following step we stained the wood. We used lasur in different tones in order to give it a vintage look. Lasur is not only decorative, it also waterproofs the wood and protects it from UV rays.

For the exterior frame, we used a black water-based enamel matching the sliding door guide that we were going to install.

Step 5 – Install the sliding guide

Install the sliding guide
Install the sliding guide

The last step was to install the sliding guide. These guides are usually made up of the following pieces:

  • A bar or rail
  • Nuts, stoppers and bolts
  • Sliding rollers
  • Side stoppers
  • Lower guiding rail

Follow the below installation steps for your DIY sliding door:

  1. Level the sliding guide and mark the spots where the holes are to be drilled on the wall.
  2. Drill the holes and insert the plugs with the help of a hammer.
  3. Screw in the rear stoppers of the guide. This will ensure that it is not flush to the wall. Next, tighten the front nuts with a hex socket or a wrench.
  4. Mark, drill and screw the sliding rollers to the door. Bear in mind that the rollers then have to be inserted into the rail, so you might need a helping hand at this stage to lift the door if it is too heavy.
  5. Insert the side stoppers and tighten them to prevent the door from sliding out of the rail.  
  6. Screw the upper stoppers and the lower guiding rail to the floor to keep the door from swaying when you open or close it.  
DIY sliding door
DIY sliding door

If you follow all the steps above, your new sliding door will be done and ready. It is a far cry from the hinged door that we started with. We have managed to recycle the door and transform it into a great looking sliding door that is both practical and decorative.

Did you enjoy this article on a DIY sliding door? Why not read our tutorial on a DIY solar lamp made from pallets or even our sliding door buying guide!Are you converting a hinged door into a sliding door too? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

DIY Console Table with drawers created by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy

With just an old drawer, some reclaimed wood and a bit of imagination, it’s easy to build your own console table or desk. With many of us working remotely or home schooling, creating a dedicated space for studying or business is a great way to separate your work from your home life. Additionally, you can never have too much storage – especially in the hallway where keys, letters, loose change and newspapers can quickly clutter up the space. 

In terms of materials, you can use any reclaimed timber you have to hand, such as plywood, pallet wood or scaffold boards. For the drawer you can recycle one from an old, tumble-down chest like we have, or you could use a storage basket or two. The dimensions of this piece of furniture will depend on the size of the drawer you’re upcycling and the length of the legs. So, because you’re making it yourself, you can always customise the design to suit your needs. You could make it lower to create a child’s desk for homework or, rather than using a drawer, you could make a narrow cubby hole beneath the desktop to store your laptop, or you can use taller legs to DIY a narrow console table to keep your entryway organised. 

Check out the guide with step-by-step photos to make this handy DIY console table here. Enjoy!

DIY Console Table with drawers
DIY Console Table with drawers

Project created by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy with photography by Andy-Greenacre.co.uk 

Did you enjoy this guide on an inexpensive DIY Console Table? Why not read our article on our tips & tricks to create a cosy reading nook or even our January home & garden checklist!

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Tired of stepping on small bricks every morning and picking them up every night after the kids are tucked in? Have you had enough of seeing them in tears when one of their incredible masterpieces has toppled in a heap on the floor? Now it’s your turn to get creative! We’re not joking… Start by stealing 4 large base plates and get to work laying the groundwork for your kids very own Lego® table, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to make. Your kids will be so thrilled they won’t miss the stolen pieces! 🙂

Things you’ll need:

  • a coffee table (we used 55 x 55 cm, the perfect dimensions)
  • large Lego® base plates (for us, 4 plates each measuring 25 x 25 cm)
  • joists (2.5 cm wide on one side and at least 220 cm long)
  • suitable glue (we used “All Purpose Adhesive”, which can be used for both the corner strips and Lego® plates)
  • tape measure
  • sandpaper
  • wood saw and a mitre box (or mitre saw if you have one)
  • pencil

How to make your Lego® table

The Lego® table is made up of base plates and a wooden frame. The latter is made from wood corner strips to make an edge that’s comfy for little arms and aesthetically pleasing as well.
Before you start to panic, don’t worry: making the frame is child’s play!

Step 1: Measure and calculate the length of the frame

For this first step, we must return to primary school because it requires a bit of maths.
Measure the table width and add the thickness of your wood corner strip + 1 mm. Our table (seen here) measured 55 cm and our wood corner strip, 3 mm. That gave us 55 + 0.3 + 0.1 = 55.4 mm.

Measure and calculate the length of the frame

Step 2: Cut bevelled edges for your frame

Use the mitre box to cut the ends of your strip at 45° angles. The measurements, which we calculated in step 1, correspond to the outer edge of the strip (where the angle is) so the inner edge will be smaller.

Cut wood for your frame

Step 3: Sand the strips for your frame

Sand the corners of your strips with sandpaper so that they are smooth and splinter-free.

Sand the strips of wood to create your DIY Lego table

Step 4: Glue the strips on the edge of your table

Add a line of adhesive along the edge of the table and glue each strip on top. Adjust the ends of each strip so that the connection fits together as tightly as possible.

Glue the strips on the edge of your Lego table

Tips: 

  • You can use a clamp, which is a great way of keeping your strips in place while the glue dries.
  • If your connection doesn’t fit together perfectly, add some matching wood filler.

Step 5: Glue the Lego® base plates onto your table

Glue the base plates together edge-to-edge. Add glue beads at all four angles of each plate and one in the centre. Leave the whole thing to dry and place a weight on each plate.

Glue the Lego plates onto your table

Presto: your table is finished, and the fun can now begin! Unless you want to turn the project into an art class too, in which case you can paint it in your little one’s favourite colour.

Create your very own DIY Lego table - tutorial DIY

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Want to keep playing? Take your skills to the next level with more tutorials! Check out our fun articles for children for lots of inspiring ideas!

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Dry pasta is packaged in a variety of ways. We tend to buy pasta in cardboard boxes, which then end up in the recycling bin. And so, as dedicated DIYers, we finally looked at our used boxes and wondered if there wasn’t something more useful that we could do with them. That was the moment it came to us: an alternative way to upcycle old pasta boxes!

With just a few tweaks and some minor adjustments, it’s possible to transform these empty containers into practical organisers for your desk drawers or any drawers around the house. And, of course, to make your DIY organisers, pasta boxes aren’t the only option. You can use any cardboard packaging for household products such as tea, cereal, biscuits, crackers, toothpaste and even feminine hygiene products, just to name a few!

So, let’s find out how to give them a second life!

Turn old pasta boxes into drawer organisers

What you’ll need:

Process:

Step 1: Design your compartments

Set aside a few old pasta boxes that best fit the space you want to organise and take a moment to plan your project out.  For example, if you would like to organise a narrow drawer that is rather long and deep spaghetti packaging may be better suited vs. penne boxes.

Measure the drawer and sketch out the compartments on paper

To measure the drawer and sketch out the compartments on paper, take a sheet of paper and pencil and sketch out an interior view of your drawer. Using careful measurements, plan the compartments you want to build and determine the number and arrangement of items to be stored. That way, before you get started, you’ll have a clear idea of the boxes you need and the approach you want to take.

Step 2: Remove surplus cardboard

After you’ve planned it all out, it’s time to trim your boxes based on the measurements you’ve determined.

Remove cardboard you don't need to upcycle old pasta boxes

To ensure your lines are straight, use a ruler or set square for added precision. This step will get you a clean result instead of lopsided compartments.

Step 3: Open the boxes

Cut off any surplus and carefully pull the boxes apart from the area where they’ve been glued together.

Carefully open old pasta boxes

That way, instead of having a 3D box that is hard to decorate, you’ll end up with a flat piece of cardboard, which is definitely more practical and easier to handle.

Step 4: Line the inside of the boxes

Next, line the inside of the boxes. For this step, we recommend using kraft paper. It’s very thin and will make folding and unfolding easier, especially when working on the inside of the box. That said, feel free to use other types of paper.

Line the inside of the boxes using white kraft paper

To carry out this step, apply the glue stick on the inside of the box and glue a sheet of kraft paper on top. With the scissors, cut the paper between all the flaps on your box and fold the remaining edges of paper inside to finish the job. Use the glue stick to secure these edges.

Step 5: Line the outside of the boxes

Once you’ve finished lining the inside of the boxes, put them back together by gluing the areas that were initially attached.

Reassemble the old pasta boxes boxes

Next, in order to upcycle old pasta boxes you will need to line the outside of your boxes with decorative paper as if you were wrapping a gift.

Upcycle old pasta boxes with decorative paper

If you want the paper to ensure the paper sticks to the boxes properly, use the glue stick again. You can also use Sellotape or any clear tape. To make your drawer more stylish, choose different decorative paper that matches, complementary colours or line all the boxes with the same paper. That way, your drawer will be both organised and nice to look at!

Step 6: Organise the drawers!

After you’ve made enough boxes to organise your drawer, you simply need to position them inside and fill them up with items.

Upcycle old pasta boxes to organise your desk drawers

We used the boxes to organise office stationery at our desks, but you can adapt the project to any kind of drawer and items. The boxes will help you create separate compartments for a specific category of objects. As a result, you’ll find it much easier to keep everything in order.

In short, you’ll discover a new, user-friendly and practical approach to keeping things tidy that is also affordable – you just need to reuse some old boxes you’d otherwise put into the recycling!

Did you enjoy How to upcycle old pasta boxes? Check out our 12 stunning upcycled mirror frames tutorial for more creative upcycling ideas for your home!

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Looking to upgrade your sofa but don’t have a big budget? Save money by making your own DIY Pallet Sofa with this handy tutorial! See for yourself how to turn old pallets into your own personalised and comfy sofa, a perfect match with your living room or garden!

DIY Pallet Sofa Tutorial

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial finished

Tools and materials

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial tools and materials

The tools and materials that you’ll need to make this DIY pallet sofa are as follows:

Cost, time and difficulty

This project is rated medium difficulty as it requires a certain level of skill when it comes to handling the electric tools. If you use manual tools to cut and dismantle the pallet, it will be easier.

The approximate price of the materials is around £100, if you already have the tools needed to make the sofa. This biggest expense is mainly for the cushioning for the sofa seat and backrest, meaning it will be reduced if you use something you already have! You can find the other tools in this suggested basket here.

On another note, to make this sofa from pallets as per the tutorial, you will need a couple of days work to complete everything, including assembly and varnishing. This time may even increase if you use manual tools, or pallets in a particularly bad condition. The more deteriorated these are, the longer it will take you to get them fit for purpose.

How to make a DIY Pallet Sofa

Step 1: Cut the pallet to the size of your cushions

This first step is important if the pallet you have found or bought doesn’t match the size of the seat and backrest cushions. You won’t need to do this if you’re using custom-made cushions.

In our specific case, the pallets measured 120 x 100cm, so we cut the one for the base to fit the size of our cushions. To do this, we followed these steps:

  1. Mark the size the pallet will be cut to.
  2. Cut the pallet slightly bigger using the reciprocating saw.
  3. With a circular saw, cut the pallet’s crossbeam to the desired size.
  4. Screw the extra boards that you cut in step 2 to the edges of the pallet, as well as to the front and back.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial prepare wood

Step 2: Dismantle the pallet

The next step is to dismantle the pallet using the reciprocating saw or the  crowbar or lever (the first option will be quicker than the second)

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial dismantle wood

Step 3: Sand and plane the pallet and boards

Next, sand the pallet using an orbital sander. This type of sander is the most suitable when it comes to sanding pallets, as its rectangular shape is ideal for the boards that make up the pallet.

However, if the wood is very rough or has many imperfections, it will be a good idea to use a plane instead. This allows you to file down the boards, and after a couple of strokes with the plane, the wood will be completely smooth and flat.

It’s extremely important that before you use the plane, you remove all nails that may remain in the boards, to avoid damaging the plane’s blade.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial orbital sander

Step 4: Cut boards for the legs, back and armrests

Once you have sanded all the boards, use the mitre saw to cut them as the legs, back and armrests. The sizes are as follows:

  • Use cross beams from the pallet to make the legs as these are the sturdiest and strongest. You will need 4 measuring 50cm long.
  • 2 pallet boards measuring 84cm will be joined to the top of the legs as armrests.
  • 3 pallet boards measuring 75cm long will be screwed to the back of the pallet. You will use two more boards measuring 120cm long to complete the backrest.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial mitre saw

Step 5: Varnish the parts

Before assembling the legs and backrest, varnish both the pallet and the loose boards. In this way you can more easily reach all the nooks and crannies, because once everything has been assembled, it will be a lot more complicated.

For this, you should use an oak stained varnish. Not only does this help to protect the wood but it also adds a nice touch of colour.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial varnish

Step 6: Assemble the legs, backrest and armrests

Once the varnish has dried, assemble the various parts of the sofa

  1. Legs: screw the cross beams using a couple of coach screws to the 4 edges of the pallet. To ensure all of the legs are the same length, and the sofa isn’t crooked, we used a block of wood as a guide.
  2. Backrest: screw the 3 boards measuring 75cm to the back of the pallet. The ones for the sides should be screwed to the legs too.
  3. Armrests: attach a board measuring 84cm long to each side, joining the top to the legs.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial assemble back rest

En la siguiente imagen se puede ver el resultado final una vez se hayan montado todas las piezas.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial complete no cushions

Step 7: Add the cushions

Fnally, add the cushions to finish the transformation of a pallet into you very own DIY pallet sofa! Note that the cushions we used for the backrest have ties at the rear to allow you to attach them to the wooden slats.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial add cushions

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial finished project

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

If you enjoyed making your own DIY pallet sofa, why not have a look at our other pallet DIY tutorials?

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