I ♥ DOORS.
By now, I’m sure you’re aware I love to decorate with my own original creations. So, a few months back, when I found a gorgeous vintage door at the Cave Creek Thieve’s Market – I knew I’d have to come up with something special for it. I could have just leaned it against the wall and it would have looked wonderful, but I wanted to make it functional, too.
Hmm… what to do, what to do?
I fell in love with this color. It’s funny, because the color was the reason I was drawn to the door in the first place(that, and the $40 price tag) – but I ended up using the cream-colored side, instead.
The door stood in my living room and my mind went wild with ideas. Because the door was missing the upper panel, I planned on using that as an opportunity to add upholstery. The idea of adding shelves came soon after. Then BOOM! “YEAH! I’ll add a light fixture!”
I made a little “pinboard” of all the elements, in my head; I was thinking: chippy cream door, neutral striped linen, natural wood, and a galvanized barn sconce. Now, I just need to figure out what, where, how and how much. I googled outdoor light fixtures – I found the most gorgeous sconces, but they were all around $200 or so. The search continued, until I stumbled upon this glorious find on lowe’s.com. It was exactly what I was looking for and only $24.98!
Here are some of the other materials I used:
NOW, FOR THE “HOW?”
I just kinda figured it out as I went. Along with the sconce, I purchased the wood, composite board, and extension plug from Lowe’s. There, the employees answered all my questions and cut the wood and composite material for my project – All I had to do was measure the dimensions.
1. After I purchased all the materials, I stapled(with a staple gun) the batting onto the composite board. When I stapled on the fabric, I made sure it was tight, but not too tight – because then it can pull and look sloppy. I stapled the full right side and then the left. I did the same for the top and bottom, this way it was all even.
2. I measured where the sconce needed to be and sliced tiny holes(in the now upholstered board) for the screws and the extension wire. I, then, attached the extension wire to the sconce wire with caps and electrical tape(this converted the light to plug-in). I tested the light(it worked!) and secured the fixture to the board.
3. After the wood was slightly sanded and cleaned, I sporadically applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax. I let it sit for a while, and wiped off the excess – then buffed. This added warmth and polish to the unfinished pine.
4. Because I am who I am, I measured once for the location of the shelf brackets and wasted no time screwing them in. My measurements were, of course, wrong and I had to repeat this step
5. I laid the door on the ground and placed the the board in the panel grooves, and drilled in the two shelves. To be honest, I didn’t really check if the shelves were level, but nothing has fallen off and it looks flush, so that’s good enough for me!
I LOVE THE SATISFACTION THAT A FINISHED PROJECT BRINGS!
KEEP ON CREATING!
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!
Until really soon,
WHERE ARE ALL MY FELLOW INSTAADDICTS?!