Chippy Door Turned Into Fabulous Decor

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Have you ever seen a chippy 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!

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces |

Don’t you just love the character?

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces.

This chippy 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.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.comWant 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.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces.

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.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces.

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.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces.

My chippy 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. During spring and summer, I like to feature beautiful blooms drying.

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I even use it in most of my shop’s photos as a backdrop.  When I sold my very first piece to a photographer, she said she’d love to have it, but I told her it was priceless.
What do you think?
Don't throw out your old chippy door. Turn it into decor! See how Prodigal Pieces did it at prodigalpieces.comJoin in the chippy love and find that door you’ve been looking for!
In case you’re wondering what I did with that chippy siding, here’s how it’s currently being put to use:
Build a reclaimed wood tote using cast off chippy siding, baby crib parts, and barn wood by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Can you tell I’m having fun? ♥

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  • kellyorr

    Very neat! I love the dried roses. They look so delicate against the chippy paint.
    You’re very creative, Larissa! 🙂

    August 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Phyllis @Around the House

    I love the chippy door and all the wonderful things you can do with them…so cool what you have done with this one…love it with the hat and dried flowers…Phyllis

    August 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Suzan Sweatman

    That’s a piece of junk – it’s not good for anything LMHO – what a score – it’s beautiful – and I agree, it’s priceless!!!

    August 27, 2013 at 12:13 am Reply
  • Donna Wilkes

    How wonderful is that patina! Love the way you have styled the door.

    August 27, 2013 at 12:31 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Great re-purposing ! Love it !

    August 27, 2013 at 12:52 am Reply
  • Art and Sand

    I have had an old door on my list for a long time. There is a house down the street being torn down and I am heading down there tomorrow while the workmen are there to see if there is an old door being tossed. I think they are probably all hollow core doors.

    August 27, 2013 at 4:08 am Reply
  • SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla

    Oh, so much yummy patina! Wonderful 🙂
    Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

    August 27, 2013 at 4:45 am Reply
  • Shelly Andrade

    Love this old door and how you attached the pegs. My sister and I were just digging through the remnants of an old barn last week now I want to head back and see if I can find any of these in the rubble. The best part of finding things like this is the expression on the owner’s face when you ask for something they think is appalling ~ priceless!!

    August 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • srpprcrftr

    I absolutely love your old door and how you use it. Smart girl, good to get things nobody else wants or thinks is junk, lol. We know better don’t we? Glad they don’t have the vision we do.
    Right now I’m watching Rehab Addict on DIY, oh boy does she do some incredible things. She has amazing sources for all her jobs. I could watch her shows for hours and last Friday we did, all afternoon. Sure learned a lot, now to be able to do some of the projects I saw, same as so much of the projects I see on blog land.
    We had to leave some old doors and windows when we left KY and it’s killing me knowing what I could do with them now. Will just have to find someplace I can get more. Happy weekend.

    August 30, 2013 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Vintagepia

    Hello from Norway :o))
    The door is soooo lovely…I love old material and wood wtih patina :o)) It is so much you can do with the old material and make some different lovely things :o))
    Love and hugs from North of Norway…Vintagepia

    September 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • Shabby soul

    Taht door is Fabulous, and you used it in a so good way! I love junking too! I made my bedroom’s headboard just with an old door left near trash =)
    Have a nice day

    September 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply
  • Debby

    Love that good for nothing door. Isn’t it fun saving something from being destroyed.

    September 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME

    Love the old door….I am always looking for trash….my hubs just shakes his head.

    September 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • White Lace and Promises

    Oh so happy I found you. I love your chippy door. Chippy is my first love. I’m also excited to find another junkie for Jesus:)too! I am your newest follower. Hope you will also follow me.

    September 16, 2013 at 3:15 am Reply
  • Leslie Stewart

    Love your door and you’ve decorated beautifully. I’d like to invite you to share it at my linky party, the Twirl & Take a Bow Party at House on the Way. We’d love to have you!

    July 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Sarah Krouse

    Beautiful find + a great way to revive an old door!

    July 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Good Time Charlie

    One of my all time favorites. Love old doors!

    July 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm Reply
  • Mary

    I love doors. I have a few in my garage waiting for an inspiration. Yours is lovely

    January 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a plan to me! 😀

      January 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply

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