Sunday, April 22, 2018

Repurposing: Pillars to Closet Doors?! Rustic and Truly Unique!

Nine exterior doors.  Nine doors to come in from outside and leave shoes in front of.  Nine doors to confuse the Fed Ex man.  Nine doors to let cold air in. Nine doors to lock before bed. Nine doors to the outside world from one house is just too many stinkin' doors!!!!

So we decided to eliminate this one when we resided the house.  Not only was it an unnecessary door, but it would sure be a great place for a closet to store my vacuum cleaner.  Before the door went bye-bye, we carefully took down the trim off since it was exactly what we needed when we cut the hole in the wall for a doorway in the family room!  (See that HERE.  Seriously, check it out.  One of my favorite little renos!)

Then, the house got resided and it got a lovely piece of nasty plywood to cover the opening... and that was it.  Plywood.  For THREE YEARS.  The poor thing.

If you look through the foyer, you can see those funky green and gray flowered curtains.  That's what I hung up to hide the plywood wall and to use for my closet "doors".  They just hung there on a tension rod and looked sorta dorky, while I waited for a closet to happen.  The closet would be a good winter project, hubby said.  But each winter that went by... the closet sat waiting....

And then it happened.  I can't remember the amount of persuading it took, but a piece of drywall finally got cut this winter and hung!  (And the opening insulated, too!)

Now let's back up three years again....  to these pillars!  Remember these?
We took off the aluminum siding and lo and behold there were old, half rotted, square pillars with wood shutter inserts under that siding!  My unbelievable dad, takes them down, and puts the huge things in the back of us pick up truck, drives 500 miles back to his home in Iowa and builds replicas of them!  I told him NOT to trash the old pieces.  There had to be SOME way to repurpose those somewhere!!!  (See the pillar blog post here)

Enter closet!! 

But wait!  They even got use in between!  As a wedding backdrop for some friends' wedding!
How beautiful are they behind the head table??

Okay let's jump ahead now to April of 2018.  Dad is back.  HE'S BACK!
And the gears in his brain are turning, folks! 
We checked out the sliding barn door hardware and about passed out in the Lowes aisle over the pricetag.  We decided we could improvise with pulley wheels and steel poles.

The toughest steel rods we bought in Lowes, while still being narrow enough to fit in the pulley, was not strong enough for our heavy "doors" and bowed in the middle.  So it was off to Alro Steel for something more sturdy.

And then I got my "shiplap" \ display shelf above....

And voila! All I had to do was paint and -  Done!  Glass jugs line the shelf, the chippy doors got a fresh coat of white paint, while keeping their texture, and the shutters are green again - to match the shutters you find on the new pillars outside, and on the exterior of the house.  A few people thought I was nuts for painting them green, but I love how it ties in everything on the property.

Have a great day everyone, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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  1. I love the doors! Most people would have tossed the wood and put a new, more conventional door on. I love how you think outside the box and saved that beautiful old wood!

  2. Wow - what an amazing transformation. Looks great Kammy. Well worth the wait.

  3. Ingenious use of resources on hand (includes parents). We can always look to you for neat, doable renos and interesting backstories. Thanks Kammy!

  4. What a fantastic closet you created!!


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