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MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 11, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8803983

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
J2222
Southern California, CA

September 11, 2011
6:38 PM

Post #8804199

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.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8804255

Mary, Flea Market Gardening on Facebook has an album devoted to windows & doors; you should check it out.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8804706

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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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8804711

One idea

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
5:49 AM

Post #8804716

You could make a double potting bench.

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MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 12, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8804723

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.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8804743

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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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8804746

You could do a larger version of this

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8804749

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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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8804769

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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MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 12, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8804785

ooooo, that last one is great. You have such insight!!
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2011
8:26 AM

Post #8804968

How is the weather down there? We have sprinkles and cool weather today. Feels like fall.
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 12, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8804979

High 90's all week so it's getting bearable. We had no storms last night, I'm in NW Phx.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8805561

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!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 13, 2011
5:23 AM

Post #8806390

Curve , you have an eye for the unusual .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
6:55 AM

Post #8806488

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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MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 13, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8806491

Very clever...good job! Love the desert electrical storms, been quiet for us though.
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

September 13, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8806802

Very cute, curves...what is the white stuff? grout?
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
2:27 PM

Post #8807036

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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GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

September 14, 2011
3:15 AM

Post #8807706

Very nice...you are so talented and creative.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2011
8:51 AM

Post #8808031

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.
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 14, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8808034

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.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2011
8:14 PM

Post #8808930

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

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8809016

How did I miss these treasures when I was there? Or had DH not found them yet? Do tell!
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 14, 2011
9:41 PM

Post #8809025

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. :-\

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8809306

Yay! Found treasure TWICE - lol.
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 15, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8809313

I like the way you think LocaChica.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8809321

;o)
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 9, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8842304

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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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8842471

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.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2011
10:15 PM

Post #8842868

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.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2011
10:25 PM

Post #8842870

Another idea.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2011
10:28 PM

Post #8842871

A white one with crown moulding.

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MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2011
5:20 AM

Post #8843081

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!
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8866816

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

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8866820

If your good with the computer you can also find photos and do them black and white with different tints on them.
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 28, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8867001

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.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 28, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8867309

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=french+door+used+as+picture+frame&num=10&hl=en&newwindow=1&gbv=2&biw=1199&bih=652&tbm=isch&tbnid=oLJdwmoS2fFPkM:&imgrefurl=http://www.casasugar.com/Cool-Idea-Door-Panes-Become-Picture-Frames-2692066&docid=3JdUPMRWphLr7M&imgurl=http://images.teamsugar.com/files/upl1/6/61259/03_2009/e7f19e4591481879_doorframe.jpg&w=350&h=491&ei=fiurTvnsGeqSiQfk5ZnRDw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=716&vpy=266&dur=697&hovh=238&hovw=168&tx=92&ty=172&sig=112189142503377307190&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=153&tbnw=105&start=0&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0

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.
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 29, 2011
6:09 AM

Post #8867790

Mine will be painted black, just trying to decide if I want it glossy or flat. Decisions decisions.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 29, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8867960

Is your paint glossy or black? I got offered a french door but really can''t think of a place for it. My girlfriend is making the white one with crown moulding with help of hubby of course.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 29, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8868031

I ued an oil based primer once and liked the finish so much I never put the "paint" on!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

November 24, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8904156

The website www.robomargo.com has a whole section on reusing old windows. It's a great t to t place. kb
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 25, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8904814

That's a great site Katie, thanks for posting. I especially like the door converted to a hall tree as well as the photo collage.
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 14, 2011
7:57 PM

Post #8930039

I seen a woman on Nate Berkus show that used an old antique style door and made a really shabby chic awesome coffee table out of it.
So cute.

Could also paint an old door with chalk board paint on the bottom and write n wipe or bulletin cork on the top and then mount it on the wall in an office or kitchen.

MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

December 15, 2011
3:52 AM

Post #8930264

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.

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