I love to re-purpose items. I love my front porch. What do these 2 things have in common? Well, I recently had an idea, and that idea made a huge difference. Use old doors as a focal point.
About 6 months 1 year ago a neighbor was getting ready to move. They were going through some stuff they had stashed in their backyard, and wanted to get rid of some of it. One of the things they were wanting to say goodbye to were 2 large patio style glass doors. Obviously I jumped on the opportunity.
I was not really sure what I would use them for, but that was not going to stop me from taking them. So, they sat in my backyard for about 6 months. Every time I walked by them, I pondered on the different things I could use them for.
My original plan was to use them on my greenhouse or potting shed……but that has yet to be built in the first place.
They were being neglected until one day, I was working on the decor or my front porch for my spring home tour. I have felt like my porch needed something to ground it a little bit. I love my rustic wood beams, and the weathered white siding. My door is one of my favorite features, but sometimes I felt like it might be a little small for the space.
I decided to haul these heavy…very heavy glass doors one at a time onto my four wheeler and set them up on my front porch. It was just going to be an experiment.
You can imagine what it must look like to see little old me walk one of these gigantic doors up my porch stairs and place them strategically on either side of my front door.
Something magical happened.
By adding these doors, which by this point had an aged chippy patina from being outside for so long, I was able to create a stronger grounding focal point to my porch.
I placed one on each side of my front door. They were placed behind my pallet planters. It created more balance and a little bit more wight to the space where before it was lacking. The height of the doors also add to the overall balance of the area. What do you think of that flower swag wreath? You can check out how I did that here.
Here is a picture when I originally set them up. Notice the different plants. That is what a really bad winter will do to your evergreen trees.
I did not reinvent the wheel here. People have been using doors in home decor forever. This is my take on that concept. You can use doors as a focal point as well. I cannot stress how important it is to me to use objects, materials and furniture that has lost its luster. Instead of sitting in a dump, these doors are the highlight of my front porch, and I love it. And guess what? I did not cost me a penny.
Now, I am not saying there is an endless supply of free doors, but I will stress how important it is to keep your eyes and ears open when you are out and about. You never know what you may come across. My theory is, if I end up having no use for it, I can always give it away to someone else or dump it. At least, then I will not regret that I didn’t take it later.
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