|Project by Hawgnutz||posted 11-13-2007 06:02 AM||3322 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
My wife just inhereted a slew of jewelry from her mother, but she had no extra space to store it. Well, I had these two old doors from a salvage I had in the Tin Town district of Bisbee. I figure the house was from the early 1900’s, and the door had to be at least 50 years old. Most of it was exposed grey wood,with spots of peeling, crinkling paint in 3 or 4 different colors.
My wife came up with the idea of staining the doors a light green and using them to mount and store her extra jewelry. When I showed her the door with the window section broken out, she came up with the idea of using chicken wire to hang her earrings and other jewelry. So, I grabbed her and off we went to Wally’s World to find a bolt of cloth she liked and then on to Big Box Store to let her choose the stain color. I was not going to choose the color for HER project! I returned and scraped the majority of the remainding paint with my trusty paint scraper that I salvaged from the same house….LOL.
I made 3 divisions with painter’s tape on the back of a door to check the stain color on the grey wood and applied the stain at 1/4, 1/2 and full strength. I chose the 1/2 dilution for the best shade and used a rag to wipe the excess. The weathered wood has a tendency to soak up the water-borne stain like a sponge, so I wiped the excess off real soon to avoid spoltching and to give it a uniform color. I found some old, rusted chicken wire and spayed it with shellac to seal it. I then stapled it to the opening and backed it with the cloth that Karen picked out. She really has an eye for that color-matching thing!
I atached a set of hinges so they would stand up on their own volition and added some cup hooks for necklaces.
Voila! A unique way to use old, weather-beaten doors! Sometimes we are only limited by our own imagination!
-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards