French Doors

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

I have 4 doors that DH scrounged from the alley and a friend told me she saw a thread on this forum where someone had done some really cool garden art with old french doors. Can someone point me to it? I've searched - in vain, unfortunately. These doors are too rustic to try and rehabilitate for the house but could make good garden art......if I only had some imagination - - - errrr, inspiration. Help!

Thanks, Mary

Southern California, CA

Hi Mary,

Can you post a photo of your doors? Maybe someone will be reminded of what those links were....or even come up with a good new idea for you.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Mary, Flea Market Gardening on Facebook has an album devoted to windows & doors; you should check it out.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Not sure how bad the condition is, but maybe you could put shelves up on them or use them as a room diverder outdoors,secure from the wind of course. You could paint the window panes or even make a potting bench with the french door as a backing.

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

One idea

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

You could make a double potting bench.

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Thanks folks. J2222, they are hard to get to for a photograph. Frogey, I'm not on FB...... :-| .... don't really want to go there.

Curves, those are some great ideas, can never have too many shelves. I especially like the One Idea one....may do that with a single door.

Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Picture this with th french doors on side and trellis or ladder on top. Or doors all around with bench, some cushions and pillows.

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

You could do a larger version of this

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

I love this, mounted on a fence could be cute. You have enough to do several things or even make a cold frame, but not sure you need that in Mesa like we do here.

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

You can also make nice headboards out of them. I took a paned window and mounted hankerchief fabric behind it and leaned against a wall. I would love to have those french doors!

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

ooooo, that last one is great. You have such insight!!

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

How is the weather down there? We have sprinkles and cool weather today. Feels like fall.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

High 90's all week so it's getting bearable. We had no storms last night, I'm in NW Phx.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

I'm in Houston right now and it's hotter than Phx; they're making a big deal out of matching a record high of 101 from 1909!

Dahlonega, GA

Curve , you have an eye for the unusual .

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Yep, there's nothing normal about me,LOL. We have lightning and thunderstorms for 2 days! Nice change. We will see how that birdhouse holds up.

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Very clever.........good job! Love the desert electrical storms, been quiet for us though.

Blackshear, GA

Very cute, curves....what is the white stuff? grout?

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Yes it is grout, but I had to bring both inside from rain. Not good for the wood and the lighthouse top came off, now I can put lights in it!

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Blackshear, GA

Very nice....you are so talented and creative.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Mary send us pics of what you do with the French doors. Being in Phoenix you can do projects all winter! It is in the 60's here today.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Will do Linda....it was 72 this morning when we got up at 5am. Window blinds are pulled back, doors are open...........no longer living cave-like! Whew! finally.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

I remember living like that in Lake Havasu all my life. It's 15 degrees cooler here.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

How did I miss these treasures when I was there? Or had DH not found them yet? Do tell!

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

They were under a sheet on the round patio that got dismantled. In the dismantling they had to be moved, which reminded us of them. :-

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

Yay! Found treasure TWICE - lol.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

I like the way you think LocaChica.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

;o)

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Started working on one of the doors this weekend. One side is sanded and the bottom two panes had white paint which was a bugger to scrape off. Send me some more ideas!!! I like the headboard curves, what's the deal on the light behind it? How's it work?

Could use one for a cold frame for the raised bed but we need that so seldom here. The potting benches didn't excite me. A friend suggested putting two at right angles and mounting on a corner of the hot tub deck. I'm leaning towards that. Should do something different on each window I think. Has anyone used the etching stuff in the arts and crafts stores? I have lots of beach glass and a TON (really) of crystal pieces and pyrite.......how could I use those? (we were caretakers at a crystal mine in the Cascades outside Seattle for a year. Most of our pieces are not high quality but would like to find a use.)

Thanks peeps.

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I've used the etching stuff several times. My favorite projects were bathroom mirrors. I took the mirror down, covered it with contact paper, drew my design on the contact paper, cut with razor the part I wanted etched. Smeared the etching compound over the exposed mirror. Let it do it's thing and then rinsed it all off, pulled off the contact paper and viola! Etched mirror, sorry no pictures.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

I love the idea of putting them on the corner of your hot tub. My window was just decoration with fabric behind it and rope lights.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Another idea.

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

A white one with crown moulding.

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Thanks psychw2, good to know that etching stuff works.

Those headboards are great, curves. Might do one like that.

I've had an idea of my own (frankly I think I saw it in a magazine one time) but whatever :-) . I have a bunch of black and white family photos from growing up in Vermont. They are all framed in plain black frames. I'll paint this door black, remove the photos from the frames and put them in the windows. Mount the door on the wall. Stay tuned!

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

If the pictures don't fit properly back them in construction paper. Here is another headbord.

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

If your good with the computer you can also find photos and do them black and white with different tints on them.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Thanks curves....I'm really liking the headboard ideas. I have made *some* progress. Got the paint scraped off the bottom two windows and sanded both sides. Looks like there was a dog in the house, probably why the bottom two windows were blocked out and the wood is all scratched. I'll putty it in. But I got side swiped with gardening and other stuff so hope to get back to the door project soon.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Mine will be painted black, just trying to decide if I want it glossy or flat. Decisions decisions.

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