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!
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
I have seen the doors turned into picture frames, either vertically like the one in this link or still with the old paint on it and hung horizontally. The best looking one that I have seen was just painted black and had black and white pictures (maybe photo copies) behind the glass.
I've thought of a table. I'd add a sheet of glass on top but I don't have room for a coffee table that big. I've received lots of good ideas from you folks, someone send me some time!! Been crazy busy with work, which is good. Keeps the fur babies in kibble.