Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Have you repurposed lately? A photo door? Yep!

Hey everyone! I think this just might be our favorite project yet!!! Today's project stems from looking for ideas for our photo wall that one day will be complete in the dining room. I was on that crazy site called Pinterest and saw this picture:

Doesn't that look pretty cool.
Seeing the picture reminded me we had a door sitting in the basement.
A FREE door at that!!! The neighbors had given it to us a couple years ago.
I grabbed the "upstairs" measuring tape (because I knew where IT was) and went downstairs to do some, well, measuring!!! The door was in this pile inventory!

 Of course, the door I wanted is the one actually leaning against the wall.
Go figure!
So I measured! I came upstairs and measured the dining room wall. The window part of the door would fit on the dining room wall. However, the more I thought about what I want that wall to look like and how much I love this door, cutting the door and using it on the dining room wall didn't seem like the best idea.

(you know you just laughed at that!)

Back downstairs I went and measured the WHOLE door and back upstairs I came to measure this decorating PAIN IN THE BOTTOM wall in our bedroom.  Soon Jim hears "WE DON'T HAVE TO CUT IT!! IT WILL FIT ON THE BEDROOM WALL!" 
Um, the neighborhood might have heard that too, but hey!

I do love the door as a door and would really like to find a way (someday) to use it as a door, so cutting it really just didn't seem like the best way to use it. We talked about painting it antique white and hanging it on the bedroom wall.  When we pulled it out we discovered that one side was already painted.

 SO! A girl now has options.
I took a picture of the painted side and I took a picture of the unpainted side

Back upstairs I go, camera in hand this time.
If you were here, you would have seen me standing in the bedroom turning the camera this way and that and flipping back and forth between the pictures. After getting a small idea of what the painted door would look like, I decided that I didn't want the door painted. (Thank goodness for it already having a painted side!)
Life just got a little easier too. No need to paint and wait for the paint to dry.
Get out the Murphy's Oil Soap and some window cleaner! This puppy is going on the wall today!
(As soon as we figure out how to do so!)

So we got the door all washed up and windows all clean!
While cleaning it, Jim suggested we just turn the hinges around and hang it by the hinges.
This thought frightened me a little bit since we would be hanging it on these awesome old plaster walls!
But hey, don't know unless you try right?
Try we did, and success we had!

Here is the wall the door was going on.
I would show you a picture of the ridiculous shelf that would laugh at me every night because it knew it was hated, but that is how much I hated the shelf. The shelf was a classic example of "This will be sooooo cool" and then it is about the furthest thing from cool possible. Problem solved now! Goodbye little shelf.

Jim's Dad happened to stop by about this time. (thank goodness too)
Jim asked him if he would mind helping hang a door on the wall.
Yep! He said Hang a what where???

The door is up. The wall didn't crumble. No one got hurt. Jim's Dad said, "Wow! Who knew a door could look so good on a wall! I don't know where you guys get all these ideas, but I would never think of them, or do them!"
I used a wreath/door hanger and hung a basket on it and filled the basket with some wheat/oak looking filler.
It looks pretty cool just like this don't you think?
This was the color of the door on one side, just as we got it!
Now we have to wait to get the pictures printed.

Pictures have been printed.
Pictures have been put on cardstock 'mats'.
Glue dots were put on the front of the mats and then stuck to the glass on the back side of the door.
I thought I had photo corners, but I didn't. Glue dots did a fine job too!

The next time we do a project like this, the pictures will be adhered BEFORE the big heavy object gets attached to the wall. Just sayin'

I love it, love it, love it!!
Don't you?

Alright so, I wish I could take all the credit, but like I said earlier, I was inspired by "At Home with Sweet T.
Her door has more windows than mine. It looks very cool where she hung it and she put more work into hers than we did. I hope you will stop over and check out her door and the other cool projects she has!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you will leave some comment love!

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  1. Testing to see if word verification is turned off.

  2. No matter how many times I look at this I still can't believe how awesome it looks. One of your best transformations by far. Love it.

  3. This looks awesome Jen..I think you two have outdone yourselves this much better than it sitting in the basement collecting dust..and you can still use it as a door if you want to someday..That is a gorgeous lucky that it was given to you!! Hugs!

  4. I love what you did with the doors! Very creative..

  5. Jen,
    This looks AWESOME! I've seen old windows on the wall with photos, something I plan to do myself, but I've never seen a door done this way. I love it! Also the basket you hung just looks like it belongs.
    Isn't it great when we can use the things we already have for decorating.

  6. Sweet!! Jen, you just crack me up! I can see myself doing some of the same things when an idea strikes!! Love the outcome.....

    1. Oh thank goodness! I am not the only one! Thanks for stopping in!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Did I say love? :)

  8. Love it!!! The basket does look like it belongs there, great idea. How lucky to have two color options to choose from. So glad you got it hung safely, I was worried about ours too. We had to flip the hinges too. But with it mounted by hinges can you "open" it to change out photos? Not an easy job or a job to do alone-I know from experience. :)
    Thanks so much for linking to my photo door.(Had no idea you found me on Pinterest.) My turn to pin your door. :)

  9. I love that door! I'm glad you didn't have to cut it down since you may be able to use it at some future date. Brilliant idea to hang the basket on the end. It looks great on that wall! Thanks for the recent visit...and I'm a new follower!

  10. The photo door turned out great. I never run across doors like that. Maybe I'll do a window.

  11. Jenn,
    I am totally loving it!! I just wish I had a wall that wasn't filled so i could do the same thing...


  12. Jen, that is so awesome! That is one cool door...I wish I could find one like it and I would totally do the same thing with it! I love it!
    Hugs, Cindy



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