First off I love old items with history! To see something stand the test of time is a wonderous thing. So if I find anything vintage I try and think of ways I could reuse it. The house we bought was built in 1905 and it still retains a lot of that classic character that most people appreciate. When my husband and I eventually explored the loft above the garage we were pleased to find that a lot of the orginal doors to the house were left up there.
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Vintage Door Recreation
Amongst our findings was this enormous screen door that was probably at least 10 feet high. We figured that the door was originally to the front door, we have four entry doors on the first floor so we had to investigate a little. Well the reality was we just could not put that door back up because it would not have been functional. I wasn’t throwing it away, although my husband voted for that option, so I had to figure out a purpose for that door.
Naturally I turned to Pinterest for any creative ideas for the door. There was numerous ideas for turning a screen door into a pantry door, but that wouldn’t have worked for me. Also people decorated that doors and used them as an accent garden piece, which I did contemplate doing so but I didn’t want the door to rot outside. What I did come across was a lot of pins of people using screen doors as wall decor but my door was ginormous, how could I do this?
When I examined the door again I decided that it could indeed be cut without being noticed. If I could get rid of the bottom third of the door then I could incorporate it onto my dining room wall like I intended. I then peeled the screen off and cleaned it up a bit, careful not to pull any of the old paint off.
To balance out the door I bought a wreath and hung it on the top of the door and had my husband make these two lovely wooden sconces. I originally saw the wooden scones on Etsy for $45 for the pair, but my husband made them from scrap wood which was super cheap! The only items I bought were the two glass jars and the luminencent candles.
I am glad that I found something to put on my dining room wall that didn’t cost a fortune and it’s a cool story to tell people that it was once the old screen door. Something that old I just couldn’t bear to toss in the trash. So when you find something that was once apart of your house, see if you can find a way to incorporated it again. You’ll be glad you did.
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