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.

So the next thing I did was grabbing my laptop, make a list of what needs to be done and what're the things we need, went on to find coupons, and shop at One of the reasons why I shop here is because it literally has almost every thing that I need for any home improvement projects, not to mention they ALWAYS run deals and save a lot of money! You can check it out here -


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. We got these screws from East Coast Hardware. They aren't just limited for home improvement, but also some garden stuff and some automotive tools that can be used as alternative tool for some of our home projects.

Here’s how I did it!

First things, first. You need an old door. Some people will find this stuff as useless, take it off and call a junk service and be done with it, but if you really put creativity to it, there are lots of things you can do with these old doors.

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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{ 10 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.

DAHAN Dominique June 13, 2018 at 2:33 am

Oublié dans mon commentaire.

Un truc qui fait moche et on peut pourtant arranger ca.
C’est le trou ou milieu ou se trouvait la serrure, il suffit d’une scie cloche du diamètre du trou qui à première vue doit faire entre 6/7 cms, une chute de bois on perce la chute, on rebouche ce trou, un coup de pâte à bois pour
rendre cela parfait, ca sèche en 24/48 heures, on repeint
après, le seul truc qui clochait en regardant la photographie de cette porte cadre hors du commun, je déménage, je vais faire ca chez mois, je fais des tirages noir et blanc moi même en Argentique, plus de photographes.

Chapeau pour ton idée, découverte sur Pinterest par hasard, merci beaucoup. un breton.

DAHAN Dominique June 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

Je vois sur des commentaires, acheter une porte, avez vous pensez au déchetterie et pour rien ou on retrouve des portes identiques mises au rancard car on met des portes plus moderne ou également chez Emmaus France pour pas grand chose, des portes de ce type ont un prix, si vous désirez faire plusieurs portes cadres, ca va coûter cher à la fin, autre suggestion, pour les non bricoleurs, faire pour des personnes famille, mais, collègues de travail, ca pourrait plaire et si en plus vous poser le cadre
chez la personne, certains et certaines aimeraient mais n’étant pas bricoleurs, une idée à proposer, cette idée de cadre à photos est adorable, on peut également, coupé la porte en 2 ou 3, plus de choix, une décoration pas courante mais on va vous envier désormais.


DAHAN Dominique June 13, 2018 at 8:28 pm

C’est très lourd. Comment l’avez-vous accroché en toute sécurité ?

Une porte de ce type pèse grosso modo entre 10/15 kgs, pas plus.
Donc déjà savoir en quoi est votre mur prévu pour la posée dessus, briques,parpaings,panneaux de placoplatre, bois, pierres, c’est le principal.
Tapez dessus, si ca sonne creux, c’est du vide comme de la brique, si aucuns sons
c’est du dur bien solide.

Personnellement je vous recommande d’utiliser des chevilles Fisher de 6 cms de longueur, la porte à bien 2 ou 3 cms d’épaisseur, il vaut faudra des vis en acier inoxydable de 9/10 cms de longueur, les chevilles Fisher ont un rond qui empêche la cheville de tomber dans le mur et quand on vissera ca va s’écarter de chaque côté.

Bref du solide, percer un trou sur chaque côté puis un suivant tous les 25 cms, impossible de retrouver votre porte vitrine par terre, 4 vis sont pas assez, attention de
voir quelqu’un blesser car pas assez de vis pour bien la fixer.

Percer avec une grosse perceuse ou un marteau perforateur, utilisé surtout un niveau lors de la pose, il faut que cela soit bien droit, il existe un niveau très pratique chez Stanley de 120 cms, idéal pour poser impeccablement étagères ou choses comme votre vitrine personnelle de photographies, juste 28 Euros, ca mérite l’achat.

Bon bricolage à toutes et tous


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