Come and knock on our door …

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… We’ll be waiting for you …

Okay, not really. Please don’t knock on my door because it’d be (1) creepy or (2) stressful because it’s still messy. (Isn’t my son the cutest, by the way? Don’t tell him I said he’s cute, but he totally is.)

Over the weekend I did a few little door switcheroos. One was planned, the other was just a sort of happy accident.

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I have a random french door off of the master bedroom. It’s locked and dead bolted; I don’t even have a key for it (it’s an old school lock), so it’s basically a window at this point. There’s an exterior door that opens from the outside.

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It’s like this pointless door, really, and it opens from the outside (because I removed the screws that locked it a few months ago so we could let light in the room), which is not very secure. It’s kind of like an insect farm if we’re being honest. I can sit in my chair and look at the spiders and bugs crawling all over the place and finding places to reproduce their grossness all up in between my doors. Bleh.

SO. It came off. It’s been painted a million times, but two of the screws in the hinges came out pretty quickly, but the other two didn’t. When I started, I was like, “I got this,” but no. I had to ask my dad to take them out, and he said my piddly little pink Skilcraft screwdriver wasn’t powerful enough. (I need some real tools.)

Anyway, so he took it down and I dragged it over to the side of the house. I don’t know what I’ll do with it, but maybe, just maybe, I’ll paint it a pretty color and use it in the garden I’m planning. We’ll see.

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Then, on the inside, I cut a robin’s egg blue curtain in half and hung it right on the door frame. It’s pretty tall, so I don’t need to do the whole “hang ’em high” thing, I think.

And, walla (KIDDING! It’s VOILA, people! NOT WALLA!), we have a window. I love this so much now. This is my quiet corner, where I work on homework, and now that I’ve hung the curtain, I control who sees in. No creepers can just pop my door open and check out what’s going on.

The other switcheroo was not planned at all, it was just an idea that popped into my head.

Over the weekend, my parents came over and hung closet rods so we can actually hang clothes up in the house. The girls will be using the hall’s storage closet for their clothes. This is what it looked like when we took possession of the house:


It looks the same now, basically, except that it’s been painted white and has closet rods. Having the door on it wasn’t really feasible because the space is small (it’s about 28 inches wide) and my girls fight like crazy, so I was envisioning slammed fingers.

My dad took this door off of its hinges, too, and then I was like … Um, what do I do with ANOTHER door? Crap.

I was carrying it outside and had a thought: this would make a pretty cool headboard. And it does.

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I removed the hinges and the (reeeeallly old knob!) and put it up. My dad rolled his eyes at me when I asked how to hang it, so I didn’t. If you look closely, you can see it’s resting on the two nightstands. It’s a little wider than my queen-sized bed, but I don’t want to cut the door down (for resale reasons, I’ll put it back up when we eventually move or rent this place). It’s a good, solid door and so it’s pretty heavy, but it fits nicely in the gap I have between the wall and the bed.

See how dark the room is? This is why you’re always encouraged to shoot blog photos during the day with the natural light. It looks a lot better that way, but I love how cozy the room is at night.

It feels so much more like a nice place to sleep and hang out than it did before. You can also see that I hung some empty frames on the wall over the yellow chair.

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I need more frames. Also, I’m just not sure about it. What do you think? I told my mom I feel like it’s too top heavy with the larger frames on top.

What do you do with doors you take off of their hinges? Sell them? Trash them? Reuse them?

3 thoughts on “Come and knock on our door …

  1. Janessa
    July 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Oh I really love the door window. Perfect for a reading nook and nice lighting during the day. And I like the door as a headboard. Those old doors look great reused in fun ways. I always wanted one of those 3 panel room divider things made out of old doors with the glass knobs. I have absolutely no place to put that though, hah.

    1. Echo
      July 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      It’s so much less cave-like with the shuttered door gone. I just love it.

  2. Ronda Lawrence
    July 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I saw recently on Interest where someone took shutters and using colorful clothes pins, used it as a giant “peg board”. Perhaps in the hallway or even on the outdoor porch hang it on the wall and using the clothes pins hang photos, kids art work, or notes to each other. If possible cut the door in two and utilize this in two different areas?