Sunday, November 7, 2010

Remember Our "Free Stuff" Door?


Remember way, way back, when I first posted about the awesome, old door that we found on the side of the road?

If not, I don't blame you. It was way back in March, but I'll give you a quick abbreviated rundown to catch you up...


Last March I was lucky enough to spot a "Free Stuff" pile just outside of our neighborhood. And in it, was a solid wood, 8 panel door.

I thought it was perfect.

Will thought I was crazy.

But he knew if he didn't help me load it into the car that I would do whatever it took to get it in there myself. So, reluctantly, he helped me load the door, and it became mine!

You can read all about it, along with my original plan for the door, here:
"Look What I Found"

But before I made any final decisions on how to transform it, I wanted to see what all of you thought about how the door should be used. You all are an opinionated bunch (which is exactly what I was hoping for) and, in the end, you made the decision an easy one for me!

You can read all about that here:
"Your Opinions On The Door"


So what did we end up doing with it?

Well, here she is
...

Not only did we cut out the top four panels and replace them with glass, but we turned it into a Dutch Door and I could not be happier with the end result!


The process was a bit tricky. We weren't entirely sure how well the door would hold up to cutting out panels and sawing it in half, but luckily for us, it was in great condition.

The first step was to cut out the panels...




So far, so good!



Next, we sawed the door in half to create our Dutch Door...



and added a new doorknob...


Then we added a ledge onto the bottom half of the door. The original door was a few inches shorter than the doors in our house, so we had to fill that gap. Nothing a simple 2x4 couldn't fix...


Originally, we thought we would use plexiglass to create the windows in the top half of the door. But the more we thought about it, the more we felt like it could (and should) be a bit classier, maybe a little more permanent than that. We knew that we could find a piece of glass that not only suited our aesthetic, but one that would make the door that much more unique.

We headed to Tacoma and found the coolest glass shop. Our heads were spinning with all of the ideas that were floating through our heads. They had glass in shades and textures that we never could have imagined. Beautiful!

My only requirements for the glass we chose were that it let every bit of possible light through, and that it would have texture so that the picture we saw in the laundry room would be scattered and diffused. No need for our guests to see "Mt. Laundrius", as the boys so affectionately call it!

We settled on a piece of glass called "Falling Rain". You get the picture - a little streaky and bubbly. But since I would rather think outside of the box than stay inside it, I decided to flip the glass sideways so that the streaks run from side to side, instead of top to bottom. I have to say, the little, old man at the glass shop looked at me like I was crazy, but...ultimately, the customer is always right. Right?


The glass fit perfectly and we held it in place with a bead of silicone...


Will cut strips of wood to frame in and secure the glass on the back side of the door...



The stain that we used for the glass trim is also what we ended up using for the ledge on the bottom half of the door...


We also repositioned a small piece of hardware that was on the door when we first picked it up. I have no idea what it was used for, but it's old and aged and I like it...


I was giddy when it was all said and done!

And 8 months later...I still am!


It lets light into our hallway, which was what I had always wanted. What is the point of having a window in a bright, light-filled laundry room if you never, ever see it anyway?

Now, we see the light!










I definitely owe Will a big, huge Thank You for helping me make this happen!

And, for the record, he loves it too. I knew he would!

:)


Have you found any cool "Free Stuff" lately?




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58 comments:

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

I love it!!! You guys did an awesome job - all I can say is WOW

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Great find and Great use! Love it

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Wow, was that 8 months ago? I love how it turned out. The glass you chose is really pretty. How does the top part latch? I see the loop but didn't see anything to latch to it.

Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

It turned out simply amazing! And I love that you turned the glass so the waves are horizontal. Way cooler that way : )

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is very cool! it's like the ultimate baby gate!

Miranda said...

Amazing! I adore what you did. The details are fantastic. The diffused light is a great idea. I love it!

pk @ Room Remix said...

It add SO much character to the space. I love it! I really like that you got creative with it too and made it function to fit your needs. Great job!

judi said...

love it -love it -love it! the color-the glass-the dutch door is so awesome. i've been thinking about doing this to one of our doors...have a tutorial for us???

judi ;)

Anna said...

this is so cool, love the gray color and the wooden ledge, great job!

Midwest Cottage said...

I love the dutch door. It really turned out great. I like the tempered glass too. Great job.

The Starr Family said...

This is gorgeous! I am just so impressed with your ingenuity! What a fabulous 'after'.

Anna See said...

Perfection! What a fun, fun find! Looks like all of the work was well worth it.

Jane said...

This is an awesome project! You and your husband did a great job repurposing the free door to fit your needs. Adding the glass and ledge was very creative.
Jane

taylormadenews said...

i think putting the streaks on the glass going horizontal was an GREAT choice! the whole project looks so good!
taylor

MGF said...

I totally need to talk my hubby into this.

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

I truly love this! So pretty. And functional. Great job! :)

Becky C said...

OH I LOVE this! Wow what a great idea :) You guys really went all out and made this a special door. I'm impressed. It looks great in that space. Great free find.
Blessings,
Becky C

Janet said...

I love it. I have two doors sitting in my garage I was going to put on craigslist, now I am rethinking that.

The color and glass go perfect in your home.

Josie P said...

Good info! Keep up these nice posts.

Dianna@DecorMadeSimple said...

Great idea cutting the door in half and adding window. Good job adding even more character to the door.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

The glass in the door is gorgeous!

Marianne@Songbird said...

That is the coolest door ever!
I love what you did with it.

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

What a beautiful door! Kudos to you for picking up a great piece of "trash." One man's junk....

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

WOW, that is FAB-U-LOUS!!! Now I want one! LOL

Aja said...

This is sooo cool! I love it!

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Looks great..Gotta hand it to those husbands..once they do the work - they usually then like our vision. thanks to them.
tammy

alyssha lynn said...

That is incredible! I would love to have one of those doors!!! And the glass is perfect sideways - Fantastic job :)

Stacy said...

someone's always raising the bar!! :) what an amazing project. great vision and great execution!

Declutter Your Life said...

Great job!!!

Rhiannon said...

oooh how i luv this! i have door envy!

Cristie said...

I love everything about the door, the color is great. I'm digging out some of my old doors. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Wow, lots of work, but beautiful results. Thanks for linking up!

Taletha, etc. said...

That door is perfection! Wonderful job!

The DIY Show Off said...

Karla, it's awesome! I love it! You made it look too easy and the result is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your admirable DIY talent!

Roeshel

Robin said...

***sigh**** It's perfect!

Adam, April & Aidan said...

I'm jealous is really all that comes to mind...hahahaha.

kelly said...

covetesness:) LOVE it!!! what a great, creative job you did!

VICTORIA BELLOW said...

Well Done!You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and your ability to see other "uses" for these great finds!!inspiring. :)

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing your project! I have an award for you on my blog if you would care to post it.

Pat said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I LOVE it! You did a great job!

Jessica said...

Hmmmm. Would it be cheaper to fly you and all your tools to my house or ship my old door to you?! LOL! When you first posted about your door and the idea of making it a dutch door I knew that's exactly what I wanted to. Since then I have been pestering my husband about it but he doesn't have any wood working tools so I don't know when it will ever happen. *SIGH*
Your door is lovely!!!! I really love it! (And WANT it!)

melissa said...

I have an award for you over at my blog.

frommysomewhatseriousmind.blogspot.com

melissa said...

I have an award for you over at my blog.

frommysomewhatseriousmind.blogspot.com

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Your FREE door is sooooo "COOL"...love her makeover! I have a FREE door too:) Come by and show her off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY...hope to see ya there!

Blessings,
Linda

Shelia said...

This looks fabulous! What a great job you've done!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bella said...

Um hello, this is amazing. Lucky to have found this door, lucky to have someone help make it happen, lucky to have such light shining from your laundry room, and most of all lucky it turned out so awesome. I can only imagine all the thing that could have gone wrong, you did an amazing job.

LUV it.

Bella :)

gina said...

That is the best. LOVE IT!! What a find.

Bryn Wimberley said...

What color paint did you use for the stripes on the walls?

Thanks!

Bryn

bmwimberley@gmail.com

Kim said...

WOW!!! that's awesome!!!

Maddie Lumpkin said...

Neat Idea ! I have an old 9 foot door I've been contemplating what to do with. Suggestions anyone?

Alayna Howard said...

I have been looking for a door to do this same thing with. I love this! GREAT JOB!!

Willow Decor said...

Awesome Job!! I just added it to my blog post on Dutch Doors!!
Thanks so much for letting me know ! LOVE IT!!!
xx-Gina

vignette design said...

Unbelievable! What a fantastic job. I just read Willow Decor's post on Dutch Doors and had to come see. All I can say is Wow!

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

Gorgeous! I've got to show my husband this one! Very creative!

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One Life Many Journeys said...

That is amazing. I love the double door look. Makes me want to let the light out of my laundry room!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Fantastic job on that door! I linked it to my project "doors" post too, come on over and check it out!

simply me said...

Love what you did with that door. =)

We were given some old timbers and this is what we made out of it.

http://emmaoxford.blogspot.com/2011/01/dh-home-project-2-our-old-but-new.html