Blank walls stress me out. Some people have the vision and talent to reimagine a blank wall. I am not that girl. We have stared at a two-story, 11-foot blank wall in our family room for five years. And on a random Saturday morning, I got the idea of how we could use reclaimed wood doors on our two-story wall.
Here is the wall in the family room. I have two photos over the course of the past four years. A blank wall was a topic of conversation when we entertained.
The blank was the quiet, sixth member of the family.
Flashback photo. How many boys do you see?
This was the same wall last spring. New couches and rug, same blank wall.
It’s the wall between the living and family rooms. On the other side of that wall is this hutch. Before I decided to add an architectural feature to this wall, I pushed/scooted this hutch to the family room side of the wall.
I ended up pushing/shoving it back into the living room.
WHERE TO SOURCE RECLAIMED WOOD DOORS
I saw an ad on Facebook Market Place and knew this would be a fun way to add detail to a blank wall and a little bit of Colorado history to our home.
This would be a fun way to add an architectural feature to a wall.
And, at the same time add a little bit of Denver history to our brownstone in the suburbs home.
I have a history of hauling stuff out of Denver.
I upcycled this find after I asked a tree trimming crew to help me navigate into a parking space.
My husband and I drove to Denver and purchased three doors in a guy’s garage. We snagged some vintage hardware too.
STEPS TO PREP RECLAIMED WOOD DOORS
1. Because I did not know the age of the doors, I assumed the doors were painted with lead-based paint.
2. Take a look at these steps I read in this article.
3. Prep the floor. I used a cloth drop cloth because plastic is lighter and tends to shift.
4. I prepped the wood doors in the garage leaving the garage door open.
5. Choose a non-windy day for sanding and painting projects.
6. Wear a mask while lightly sanding in rough spots.
7. Prime the doors before painting.
After I painted the doors, I hauled the doors up two flights of stairs to our main level.
Although we purchased three doors, we decided to hang just two of the doors to balance the two side chairs and alight the chairs with our couches.
The reclaimed doors solved a problem with the blank wall in our family room. But the truth is the cool part of these doors is we now have a story and a little bit of Denver in our home.
We did something similar when we made this live edge coffee table.
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