Primitive Trays from reclaimed door panels

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Project by rivergirl posted 12-02-2010 08:57 AM 3051 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry to post this stuff- but this is what I have been busy doing the past week or so. Seems that what is selling is primitive/shabby chic so I thought I would give it a whirl. My sister found 6 doors with raised panels for free on Craigslist, and I felt lime a criminal cutting them all up. But I did it anyway. Then I sanded and painted and painted and resanded, added some antique hardware my sister had laying around and wala- a primitive tray. The color is Spanish moss-ish and it is approximately 11”X 13” X 1.5 inches. The other smaller tray is a candle tray, the color of the front/top is mustard, approximately 12” X 10” by 1.5 inches. The flip side is painted antique white- distressed paint so that an alternative look can be achieved- as in a 2 fer deal. I have various trays of various colors completed/in the works and I also made some panels into coat racks by adding hooks and square nails etc. I am also making rustic garden baskets and garden signage (thinking spring here). Don’t worry- I won’t post them all! :) Funny thing is, the green tray in the pic is already sold? I just posted it online today. So this sort of work is giving me some inside stuff to do while it is freezing outside here in ye olde Pennsylvania. This stuff is sure weird for me to build—no logs? no slabs? no sticks? Spring time will knock me back to my roots I am sure. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 09:01 AM

I look the look of the last one the best. Good eye for a repurposing project. Hope you sell them all!

-- Darrell B.

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 09:07 AM

Blacknail- well thank you my friend. That color is a bucket mix. I just keep adding brown to yellow and a tinge of black maybe? LOL …. The doors were already painted white so I just rough sand then paint, and sand and paint – layers. I don’t know if I will sell any- let alone all. LOL But I figured what the heck- the doors were free and I already had a bunch of paint laying around.. so I just mix the colors together. No money invested- just time and sandpaper. At least I am inside where it’s warm. It snowed here today.. just a dusting.. but it’s cold and wet out there. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 10:04 AM

You can post them all rivergirl. Be a nice break from pens :-)) They look great from here, hope they sell like hot cakes!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 11:23 AM

Good Idea, Rivergirl!! Distressed work is pretty popular around here too…
I heard of one fella that was buying up old barn or garage windows, the six pane type, and simply replacing the glass with mirror. People were buying them to hang on their walls at almost $200 a pop, and were happy to pay it!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 12-02-2010 11:48 AM

It is Wood
therefore it is a project.
They buy this
they see your live edge stuff
and buy that as well.
Win, Win.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 12:16 PM

Great idea Rivergirl, they look cool.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 12:21 PM

great recycling Rivergirl :-)
always nice to see new ideas
and even better if they money

take care

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#8 posted 12-02-2010 12:26 PM

Hey, Kelly gal, you gotta do what you gotta do to pay the bills. Besides I like ‘em fine. They have a rustic antique look that a lot of people like right now so I say get you some more doors and have at it kiddo. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 12-02-2010 01:32 PM

No matter the style, quality sells. Reclaimed anything has a market these days.
They really are quite nice!
I like ‘em too!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 12-02-2010 01:51 PM

These look really cool, Kelly! There are lots of people that love primitive stuff. I bet you are going to sell them quickly. You did a nice job on them. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 12-02-2010 02:43 PM

Great idea here. I like them. If you can paint, I’ve seen the panels painted and then they stick the door on a large plate rack on a shelf. The rails and stiles act as a frame for the painiting. I have some doors too. Someday I might get around to it. I also seen old wooden weathered screen doors painted. Paint a snowman scene right on the screen. Too cute!

-- Janice

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#12 posted 12-02-2010 02:56 PM

I like the artistic layout of your wreath and candle. Presentation and packaging is at least 40% of the perceived value of an item offered for sale. You’ve done a great job turning a free item into a product with real value.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#13 posted 12-02-2010 03:29 PM

I learned that from YOU Hal! And I have to say that I have noticed a direct correlation between accessorizing the piece in photos and not. The accessorized ones sell much better than the non-accessorized. I still don’t take good photos – and I still have that junky 50 cent camera.. but that’s the way it has to be for now. LOL I keep trying to find a market so I can get back to building with logs. I miss my logs. :( But I have to tell you at least with this stuff I seem to have enough tools to do the job. I guess that’s because all i really need is a sander, sandpaper and circular saw. :) Thanks you guys.. and guys- I hope your wives see these and make you do this too HAHAHAHAA.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 12-02-2010 04:07 PM

Now I feel bad.. :( I just renovated a kitchen for a client and all the old doors went into the dumpster along with everything else. Habit, I guess. Tear it out and throw it away. This will make me think more of saving some of these items and either doing something with them or give them away to others with your talent to recycle into useful items.
Nice use of “the old” and turning it into “something new” that others will enjoy.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#15 posted 12-02-2010 04:20 PM

Way to go… I’m glad someone is selling product!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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