Have you ever seen a door laying in the trash or out curbside after neighbors remodel? Snatch it up, I say!! Okay, so I’ve well-established I love junking, and if you didn’t know that yet, you can read more about it in my pallet adventures or my trashure finds (that’s treasure out of trash…don’t you love my word?).
A lovely lady on Craigslist had posted that a wall needed removed from their back lot, I guess the demolition crew got bored and left one wall laying on the ground. So, of course I sent my willing hubby to salvage what he could of that awesome chippy siding – isn’t he great?! In the background of the photo was a solid wood paneled door that screamed, “Take me, take me!”
I asked the lady if the door came with the wall, and she paused…then said, ” That is a piece of junk. It’s not good for anything.” I replied, “Okay, but can I have it?” “Sure”, she said, while I’m sure questioning in her head why in the word I would want a piece of junk. All the while in my head I’m screaming, “SCORE!” I did a happy dance and my husband wanted to check my temperature. tsk.
Here’s my beauty!
Don’t you just love the character?
This door sat in my garage until the right idea came to me and I had finished painting the paneling in the room it was to go in. Again, on craigslist, another lady was selling some old barn beam pegs for $5. I went to go check them out and found them to be more rough than I thought, or at least not enough in good condition to use them for what I had originally had in mind. I told her that I would have to pass because they might crumble if I cut them. She said, “Oh, well, in that case you can have them for $1”. No problem.
So…the happy ending to my story is that the door and barn beam pegs would have a happy meeting and become a centerpiece to my room.
Want to make one? Here’s how.
I’m completely positive that you will have horrible trouble trying to locate antique barn beam pegs, so what to do? Just grab some tree branches similar in diameter, or better yet cut one long branch with similar diameter throughout and then cut them to a 7″ length. Take all the bark off with a knife and leave them in the raw, that will create a more rustic effect. Hey, even leave a little bark on for even more dimension.
You could even use a store-bought dowel rod and beat it like crazy with a hammer, score with a knife to create hand-chiseled look, then do a wash with a brown paint to give it texture. To make the wash, just take a small amount of brown paint and add a bit of water. Wipe it on, then wipe it back off until you get an uneven effect.
Next, grab your drill and a hole saw bit the same diameter of your branch or dowel, and mark where you want your pegs to be. Drill through on one side.
You won’t be able to go completely through because your drill bit won’t reach, so using the pilot hole the bit created, just turn the door over and finish the hole from the rear.
Just tap the pegs in, they should be snug if you used the right bit. I didn’t glue or secure mine because I wanted the option of flipping the door when the mood hit me.
My door changes through the seasons with its decorations. During winter & Christmas I use a crochet scarf with some ice skates, and a pair of child’s knitted mittens that are connected to keep them from getting lost. Soon I will be changing it for the fall season. During spring and summer, I like to feature beautiful blooms drying.