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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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

pam June 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Love this ;)

Bets June 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

LOVE IT! You are so creative, Mary Jane! What will you do when #3 comes along? I guess the pictures will need a changing then! :)

Keats June 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

This project is fantastic! I love it :)

Jennifer Skog June 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

love this!!!!

Dixe Jane June 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Oh my! this is fabulous! Love love love it!

bobi June 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

this was a genius idea. I love how it turned out as well as the bench and chair bellow.
good job.

Melissa Carl June 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Seriously?!?!? STOP the cuteness! You are amazing! I LOVE THIS and I’m so jealous. Now I want one! I need an old brown rustic one. You are so creative!!!

Angela August 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Any suggestions for finding an old door similar to this? Thanks!

Jennifer September 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Love this and ready to start.
Did you use an exterior or interior French Door? We have exterior and my husband is concerned that it is too heavy for the wall.
Thanks for posting this and in advance responding.

Gympony October 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I just love this idea!! I do this with windows using waterslide decals but never thought about doing this with a door!!! This will be my next project!! Now to find a door!! Is it an obsession if when driving my hour commute each way I am looking at the old doors on all the older houses??? I drive through what is known in my area as Antique Alley so lots of old house and stuff to scout out!!! LOL!!!

Brandy November 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm


I have the same door that we took from our first home and want to do the same thing. I was always scared to mount it. Did you just screw it to the studs in the wall? These doors can be pretty heavy! Looks awesome!

katie January 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Love this! I have an old widow that I’m planning to do this with but hadn’t planned on adding hooks…now I think I need to!

ArtSnark January 11, 2013 at 4:22 am

very very cool. Found this on pinterest – thanks for sharing

Jeanette January 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

This is my most favorite idea that I have found on Pinterest! And, I have many that I truly love. But this one merges four of my favorite things, family, photography, home and old things! Thank you for the great idea. I am going to have to get me an old door…Like SOON!

Kelly January 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hey. I made the same thing but hung it on the wall using a couple French cleats, found them at the hardware store and they hold 100 pounds each. It’s strong and you can take it down easily. Love your project!

Rebecca Mugridge February 24, 2013 at 5:39 am

This is fantastic, I SO love this wow!

Yvonne March 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Great idea! I have a door just like this that we just replaced. It is a wood exterior door so I am a little worried its too big. Did you paint it to make it look that way?

Judy July 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Loved the idea; you gave options for everything but the handy man! (The absolute hardest part was the mounting!)

Andrea October 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

What a great idea – I have a couple of old window frames…now I know what to do with them!

cathy miller March 31, 2014 at 12:55 am

love it amazing thanks friend for posting it now for me to share


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