an old door & our story

by Mary Jane

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We have been in our new house for over a year and up until now, our entry way wall has been a lonely, barren white wall. It’s the first thing you see when you step inside our house. So, I didn’t want to just put anything there – and so it sat – empty, empty, empty.

I was just waiting to come across the perfect frame or spark of inspiration and I finally found it!

It’s an old door.

Each window serves as it’s very own frame and holds a photo that represents part of our story. The story of Mark and I – the story of our family.

It’s an old door…

or at least it used to be.

The very first photo is an engagement picture and the last one is of our two precious babies. This door now serves as a constant reminder of where we started, how far we’ve come and how much further we get to go. Oh, and it’s a coat rack – bonus!!

It’s an old door that’s bolted to our wall with four huge screws. Good thing I love the photos in there, because I’m pretty sure they won’t be changed all that often.

Here’s how I did it!

First things, first. You need an old door.

Then, you need photos. Measure the size of the window openings – in most cases they will be an odd size. Mine were 9.5×13 – so I printed them on 11×14’s and trimmed them down to fit in the window.

Once you trim the photos down to fit, number them and make an arrow pointing up so you know which way they go.

Next, you need tape. I highly recommend blue painters tape or masking tape – because it is forgiving and allows you to peel off and adjust it without destroying the photos.

Lastly, you need 4 huge screws, a handy man and a level.

Put that baby on the wall!

After it was on the wall we added the hooks, so it could be functional too!

I am currently in love with this old door turned picture frame coat rack.

If you don’t have any photos to put in an old door – it’s not too late to learn how!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Hanken March 22, 2017 at 12:29 am

Hi I was wondering where did you find your door for this project?

Debi Morris May 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm

I found my door on my go to site for vintage/old furniture items and things, Got Good Bones. It’s the best. You should check it out. Our administrator, Johannah Burns-Bach has done a great job from building this Facebook site to over 7,000 users. Plus it’s in various other areas besides Las Vegas.

Juliette May 19, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Hi There,
I LOVE this project and have recently acquired the same door that I picked up from a garage sale for $25. The only snag is the sides are not even so its going to be a challenge to try and cut it to make the sides even…Did you just leave yours the way it was as you didn’t mention about cutting the one side? Also what paint did you use and how did you distress this.

Courtenay October 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

A great idea for a mud room or entrance from an area like a garage

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Rachel December 4, 2017 at 1:37 am

My husband and I just purchased an old door and we plan to get started on your awesome idea. Did you sand the door down first or use some type of paint remover? We need to clean it up, any suggestions?
Also, it’s so heavy, how did you safely hang it?

Renee Heard January 11, 2018 at 8:06 pm

I love this idea. I recently purchased a door just like this. it is VERY heavy. How did you hang it securely.

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