Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Quick One

This little door shelf was our very first piece of door furniture---even though it was actually our second. We were in the middle of building our entertainment unit and things were going very slow. I was frustrated, so I brought out another old door, and various wood pieces. I told my husband that I needed a project with immediate gratification. I drew up a design plan and then left for a meeting. While I was gone, the sweet man I married started building. When I came home, a couple of hours later, the project was ready for me to paint. It was just what we needed. I had a project that I could work on while waiting for the completion of the entertainment unit, and since this project came together so quickly, it gave my hubby the excitement and confidence and to finish the next.
For years I used this piece in a corner of my kitchen to display antiques and other pretties. About a year ago I decided that I needed a change and the door shelf was moved to the basement. I walked past it last week and it caught my attention. It looked unloved and neglected. I knew, that with a little paint makeover, it could be a cherished piece again. So now it stands in it's glory, ready to live in my son's room (as soon as I paint the walls).
Let me tell you a little about it.
The back is an old door.
The legs are two stair balusters.
The top piece was a part of a crib headboard
I found at the thrift store.
We used fencing material to build the shelves.
It's rough and gives it a more rustic quality.
We added an old hinge above the door knob
to hide the hole left from a deadbolt. I painted it satin black,
then heavily distressed it with the sander.
I finished it off with a coat of maple stain.
I wanted it to look like it's been stored for years
out in grandpa's barn.
It's going to look great in my youngest son's room
and I won't have to worry about
the extra distressing it will get.

44 comments:

Rebeckah said...

I am super impressed with your husband! WOW : )! I love the picture of your mantle in your blog header. How beautiful!

Michelle said...

Now that is a special and unique piece...nice:)

Melissa Wertz said...

I like it! What a kewl piece and your son will be so proud to have that in his room.

Tausha said...

Joy-I love love love it! I am sure that you are a fellow dream crafter. What is it? You know when you are supposed to be sleeping and dreaming and instead you are coming up with crafty ideas. My huggy loves and hates this. Love the door. If I can get my hands on a door, i must have one of these. I have a perfect spot.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

It really is a-doorable...

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I love this piece and the color too...don't you just love finding objects and then turning them into something...love it...you did a fantastic job...

Jan and Tom's Place said...

How pretty! I know your son will just love it!

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

What a wonderful piece of furniture! I think I've said before that I love old doors, windows and such, and in fact have a very old, heavy door that we rescued off the curb before bulk pickup trash day! I'm wanting to turn it into a hall tree.

You've inspired me...again!

Erin said...

Wow that is so cute! How nice of your hubby to have that done for you! I'll have to let mine read that. Ha ha

deepfriedapplepies said...

Oooh la la! I love the look of it in white.. but black, that looks GREAT! How perfect for a boys room!

Blanca said...

What an awesome piece.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I'm gonna nickname you "The Door Lady"! You are amazing with those door ideas!

Sue said...

WOW!!! Wish I could see things like you.

Busy Bee said...

You and your husband have more talent and vision than I can believe! I would love a piece of furniture like that! It is so great that it has a story to go with it--most furniture that you buy new does not!
Stephanie

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Wonderful shelf! You do such amazing work! Jackie

Shannon said...

So pretty!!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! I can honestly say I no longer look at any door as just a door!!!lol Soo clever and recycled too. R you sure you want this in your son's room? If he is anything like my daughter it will be the newest clothes/junk collector!!!lol Looking forward to next idea! - Jeannette

Angie said...

Love it even more in black! Such a fabulous piece! I am going to show it to my husband when he gets home tonight. In other words, I am going to tell him I want him to build me one too!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Would you have ever thought 10 years ago that you would be making this incredible furniture and that hundreds if not thousands of gals would go bonkers over it? That is quite a thought isn't it? Great job on yet another amazing piece....love it!
Ethan Allen, move over!
Debbie

Darlene said...

WOW Joy, I am SOOOOO impressed with both of your skills!! It is GORGEOUS!!!

tam said...

I covet that piece! It looks great painted black and destressed-girl you on onto something here! Your design style is very fun!
~Tam :)

lelly said...

i *heart* instant gratification!! beautiful piece.

Jill said...

Very nice! I love the way you 'see' things. So awesome! And yay for your husband! Sounds like he knows how to keep his lady happy. :)

julie & joe said...

I LOVE it! I have corner shelves in my dining room made from old doors that are wonderful.

Stacey said...

That is beautiful!

Erin said...

I love the color of it! I love furniture with a story behind it! Makes it all the more special!

bec4 said...

I love this. I am still amazed at how evenly you paint with spray paint. If I may ask, how many cans did you use on this door?

Michelle said...

Wow....this is VERY impressive and how creative! I love it!

Michelle

AndreaLeigh said...

Wow, it is incredible what you came up with. It is a completely unique piece that has such character and history! I love it.

Anna said...

What a fabulous result! I can imagine the shelves neatly stacked...what a useful and great looking piece of furniture!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Great piece! I love it.

Deb said...

Wow girly, it looks amazing in black. Nice job, and you are super fast. Wish I could get my projects done that fast.

Sandy Toes said...

What a hubby..two creative people in the same house..no fair! Love it!
-sandy toes

Katie said...

That is awesome, I need to borrow your husband, goodness that is great. Your brains together could be to much... It would never stop all the ideas floating around.

bec4 said...

Thanks for answering my question, but now I have another one Ü. Where do you find spray paint so inexpensive?? Inquiring minds want to know.

VintageChicChick said...

This is such a beautiful piece! Love it!!!

Ashlie said...

This is absolute genius! Beautiful genius at that! I love how you take an unlikely object like an old door and turn it into something stylish & practical. True talent is what you've got!!

Amy said...

Very pretty.
And if you son doesn't like it... this gal sure would. ;)

Lacey in the Sky said...

I love that! I think it's so sweet that your hubby builds you things :)

Wendy said...

You are the queen of door projects. Very nice!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Great, unique piece! What a nice husband to make that for you!! I'm sure it'll be put to good use in your son's room!

Valarie said...

You just amaze me... I just love all this stuff that you do.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

That is absolutely beautiful...and so unique. I need to get "the man" on board to help me with something like that. He has oodles of talent, but doesn't share it with me enough. So, tell me...does your hubby teach man classes? If not...he should!

Hill upon Hill said...

What a wonderful piece of furniture.

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