Doors

After spending months regaling my friend Pete with stories about Storage Unit Auctions and writing a Blog for Storage Unit Auction List, He FINALLY attended an auction! And he bid! And he won! Pete bid on 3 different units and got so caught up with the excitement that he spent top dollar to win! He got each of the units for $10, $12 and $50! Pete was thrilled! For $72, Pete purchased 400 square feet of well…Stuff!

“I think I have gone crazy!” Pete screamed into his cell phone when he called me to tell me what he had done. I hurried over to Pete’s warehouse to see exactly what he had purchased and help him try to turn it into cash. When I arrived, Pete was moving old doors off of his truck and into the warehouse. There were wooden doors, aluminum doors, glass doors, old doors and beat up doors. There were boxes of clothes and books and kitchen stuff. But, his first great experience in bidding got him a ton of doors. He looked at me and said “You better have some pretty good ideas!”

Quickly, I ran to the nearest computer and got right on the internet and over to Google! I googled DOORS. I googled OLD DOORS. I googled WHAT TO DO WITH OLD DOORS. And….well, there is actually quite a bit out there for Do It Yourself (DIY) ideas using old doors! I have used doors for a wide variety of reasons both in decorating in my own home and garage and even in my own restaurants.

My husband and I owned a few restaurants in which the main dining room was just a gigantic gymnasium type room. To create intimacy, we hinged doors together to create walls between table sections, enclose the waiter stations and create a customer flow. Most of these doors could be categorized as “Shabby Chic” and with a few silk ivy vines and flowers looped around them and a sideboard or hutch in front, the atmosphere was very private and personal.

I have used old doors as a headboard for a bed, a trellis in my garden and for a table on saw horses. I also have plans in the future to paint an old door in chalkboard paint and lean it in a corner of my kitchen for announcement of the menu! There are a few places in my studio that I would love to decoupage an old door with roses (antique looking roses) and use it as a backdrop for picture taking! Another dreamed about project is to remove all of my kitchen cupboard doors (19) and replace them each with a different kind of door all stripped and looking beat up and antique!

My son is looking for a door to hang from runners such as a barn door so that he can close off my grand daughter’s playroom with style. And, he would like to make a long privacy fence using old doors allowing morning glories and holly hocks to grow all over them.

After giving it a long thought, I told Pete he had actually hit a gold mine with these old doors.

So I started to make a few sketches, printed out a few ideas and took a measuring tape with a shopping list and I think Pete and I are going to open Junque Doors and Stuff!!

We’ll let you know when we have the Grand Opening!

Here are some more ideas for old doors:

*Add a base to the door or legs with a piece of glass on top for a great family farm table

*Paint a door solid color & lean in the corner - put inspirational messages or reminders - leave the chalk for your guests to write notes too.

*Add a mirror to the door and put a magazine rack for a front door organizer.

*Another great idea isleaning door in a corner or against a wall. Paint the whole thing with chalkboard paint or only a small section. Great for a teens room for friends to write on too.

*Cut the door in half & nail or hinge together. Buy or make half round shelves & afix. The legs on the bottom will help it from tipping over.

*Use an old door as a hall tree Attach to the wall and add some ornamental hooks and a hat!

*Doors as potting benches are very popular. Cut an old door in half and decorate it with old shutters and scrap lumber.

*Doors made into a garden trellis adds glamor and character to any garden.

*Use an old screen door as a porch display with drying flowers attached to the screen.

*Use an old wood doors as headboard for a bed or a daybed/couch.

* A unique idea for a door isas a porch swing.

* My favorite for an old screen door is as the Gateway to a secret garden!

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