Repurposed Cabinet Door Riser

Don't you just love a table riser? I like using them everywhere in my home. Today, I'll show you how to make an easy table riser using a repurposed cabinet door! 

riser on coffee bar with espresso maker and sign

I began this project with an old cabinet door. 

I was the lucky recipient of a whole bunch of cabinet doors when a local shop closed. 

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I chose a wooden riser for this project because it will match my home but you can certainly paint one too. 

As a matter of fact, I'm going to make another and paint it black to go with the living room. 

cut cabinet door

I began by figuring out what size riser I wanted then cutting off the sides of the cabinet using a circular saw. 

I started with the long sides, then cut the short sides. 

cabinet door scraps

By cutting the cabinet in this order the short sides made legs that were the exact size I needed. 

The beveled edges added great interest to the legs. 

When the pieces were cut I used a sander to sand all the edges, top, bottom and sides. 

cabinet door with sander

I used wood glue to attach the legs to the bottom of the cut piece of cabinet, then used a nail gun to shoot 4 small brads through the top of the cabinet. 

wood glue on leg of cabinet riser

You can also use small nails. 

table riser with legs

There are 2 sides to this cabinet door so I chose the shaker side as the top and the beveled side on the bottom. 

cut cabinet door shaker side

Lastly, I used hemp oil to seal all the sanded and cut edges of my riser. 

table riser with legs

A riser gives importance to items on a shelf and the varying heights add interest. 

table riser with coffee stirrers and sugar

You can also add cabinet handles to the riser and create a footed tray. 

cabinet door riser with handles

Another idea is to use the whole cabinet door like I did for this tray. 

white cabinet door with cup handles

All I did was to add handles to a white cabinet door that matches my kitchen cabinets. 

accordion hooks with wreath, shelf and tray

I put contact paper on the back to cover the holes then added tiny rubber feet to prevent the tray from sliding on the counter. 

Here's another one I made for the guest room from a wooden cabinet door using large chunky handles. 

wooden tray with black handles

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table riser with sugar and stirrers and overlay

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Repurposed cabinet doors can be used to make hundreds of projects like I did on Homeroad. 

coffee bar with supplies and table riser

That's all I had to do to turn an old cabinet door into a great riser for my coffee bar! 

coffee bar and mugs

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .