Thursday, February 10, 2011

~You're Not Bringing That Into the House Are You?~

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that...well, let's just say I would be sleeping in tomorrow...LOL!

Most of you know I have been struggling with this corner of the family room for quite sometime. I had the washstand there and it just did not seem right. After reading a lot of your comments, I decided that the best place for it would be a bedroom or a bathroom. So, it has been retired to the office for now, but it will appear again.

Today I was getting ready to go on my run and it hit me, "There is an old door in the chicken coop." So when I got home, I told Jeff we were going to get the door out and bring it in. His first response was, "There is a door out there?". I took him out and showed it to him and he said what he always says, "You're not bringing that into the house are you?". I said what I always say, "Yes, I am."

So we carried it in and brought it down to the laundry room in the basement. It was filthy, but I was determined to get it cleaned up. I think it turned out pretty good.


I hung a wreath on the door and placed a bird house in front of it. I am contemplating draping a quilt on it, but I am not sure if I will or not.


I love the old handle it had on it!


The birdhouse.


The wreath.

So, what do you think?

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place magazine. See post dated February 4th for details. Always remember, "One man's junk is another man's treasure."

All My Best,
~Dan~

44 comments:

The Rusty Nickel said...

Don't worry Dan, I've heard that before. My husband's usual comment is, "do you want me to put that in the dump truck?" Unfortunately, we have very different decorating taste. But my decorating has one over. The thing is, the junk is usually something he's had or knows where to get it :) Your house looks great! I still remember it in Country Sampler. Keep up the good work!

Erin

Rugs and Pugs said...

Dan ~
The door looks great there. My only suggestion would be to move the stool and birdhouse to the right ~ kind of where the door meets wall. It would help hide the electrical cover and look more casual. Just MHO :)
Hugs :)
Lauren

Angela said...

Dan, I love the old door there and the wreath hanging on it. I love the birdhouse and stool, but if it were me I would put that over to the side to hide the electrical outlet. Wow, how I hate those things showing. I am having a major problem with one showing in my hall. I have a 3 legged table, open on the bottom and have pondered all day trying to come up with something to hide the lamp cord. I love your home and am amazed at the paint colors you have used and how great they look. Please keep sharing photos with us. Have a great weekend.

Lisa B. said...

It's absolutely perfect - just what the corner needed. I love it.

Lisa

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

I like the idea of moving the stool over to attempt to hide the outlet. I also would hang a curtain on the backside of the door; a pattern of some sort. This will eliminate weird shadows through the window and also help show off that wreath!

If you do move the stool over, then you will need something on the bottom part of the door. Maybe some sort of hanger there for your quilt?

Do you have any rusty keys? They would look great hanging from taht door handle.

Robin said...

Hi Dan~ lovin' that door there. I would not hide it with a quilt, however I would hide the electrical outlet with the stool. Sorry, I have a hard time hiding them too!!! LOL Love your home and enjoy visiting. Feel free to visit Millstone anytime. Have a blessed evening.

Deb @ Crows on the Cupola said...

Love that door Dan, it's perfect. I have heard same question so many times when I get a cool idea too..LOL. I just seen someplace where someone took Krylon Mirror spray paint and painted the window on her old door then before it was dry she spritzed a mist of water on the wet paint and it blistered and looked just like an old mirror. It was really neat!

Becky @ The Crow's Nest said...

I love that door!!!!!
Prim Blessings,
Becky

salachan said...

my children thought i was crazy when i took my old wooden screen door off my house in florida and brought it with me when i moved back to southern illinois. i have used it for 9 years and love it. you will grow to love that door even more. i have an old interior door with crackling paint in my living room too. i have a pip berry garland and a barn star on that one. you made a wise move.

SANDI said...

Love the door. It adds just the right touch.
sandraallen260@centurytel.net

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Love it Dan....I have heard many times that same comment...Is that coming in the house?
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Lynn

adsgram said...

My vote is leave it as is...no quilt! Just my opinion...I love the way it looks!

Lynne

Leisha said...

Wow Dan, love the door there! Looks great!
When can you come and work on my house?
Leisha
www.keeperofthefarmhouse@blogspot.com

~The Boyd Homestead Farm~ said...

I love that door! And the wreath :) It looks great!!

Trish

nancy huggins said...

I like the old door and wish my house was bigger so I could decorate more. I like your idea of a quilt hanging on it but maybe off one of the corners at the top and then hanging down..Try it and then post a picture and we can all give our opinion :)

nancy huggins said...

Where do you live in S IL salachan..I live near Shelbyville about 17 miles N of Effingham. Go to my blog and send me a message..I couldn't find yours when I clicked on your name go to insidenanashead.blogspot.com
Maybe you can tell me if you know where there are some neat thrift stores :)

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Love the Door~Something about an old door invites ua to visit the past so to speak...I'm with everyone else I'd move the Bird house over to cover the Outlet and also create a more causual look. Might also consider an old crate rather then the modern stool with the Old door to sit the Bird house on and maybe sit a Crock or someting in it. Just a thought...

Blessings
Tonya

djlesnoski said...

I love the corner just as it is. If you are concerned about the outlet showing, an old crock with a branch or another bird house would look good.

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

Love the door! And I think most of us have heard that before!

Penny said...

What a great idea to bring in that old door, Dan -- it looks fabulous!
I don't hear.... you're not bringing THAT into the house, are you?.... anymore. My husband has grown used to my tendencies. But I do hear from my brother.... I'm going to bury a bunch of stuff in my backyard, and after a year or so I'll dig it up so you can hang it your walls!....
Some people just don't get us, do they?

Tracey said...

It looks great in the corner - good choice!

Karen said...

Wow! I would have never thought to bring in an old door and set it up the way you have! It looks wonderful. I must say I love the idea of adding a quilt to maybe hang over the right side of the door to soften it a bit. I also like the suggestion of using an old crock to cover the outlet, rather then moving the stool which I think is perfect where it is. :0)

Betsy said...

Love the door Dan, I think it looks great!

Have a great day.

Betsy

The Hoskins' Family said...

Dan, that door looks awesome. What a nice touch to the basement! Jeff sounds like my husband when I found my dinningroom table at a yard sale. Thought it was dirty and junk but to his surprise I cleaned up and finished it and now he thinks it looks great! It good you have a great imagination and knew what you were going to do with that door before you even brought it in the house. Look great with the birdhouse in front and the wreath hanging on it.

Have a good one.
Lynnly

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Looking good!!! I think a quilt is a great idea, it will add some different texture to the whole display. Have fun!!! Dawn

renee said...

Dan, you know I love that door! I have a "thing" for old doors! I like the wreath there on the door. I have one on mine too. I have an old screen door too, I was thinking about making it into something. I think things are coming together nicely.
Renee

Carmen at Primcats said...

I like it Dan. Very rustic. And if you take a look around my house you will see I'm a sucker for old doors and windows. They have such character and I always think of who mysthave opened them over the years. :) I currently have a collection of 7 old doors I've been saving up to build a door wall when we finally turn our deck into a screen room. I can't wait. I can already see that wall. It's going to have so much history and be such a piece od history!

Carmen and the Primcats

Craftyperson said...

Bringing the olde door in was a great idea to fill that space...It looks amazing in the corner...
I have several doors from my grandparents olde farmhouse that I have thruout our home...
I have an olde school desk in front of mine in our familyroom..For security reasons I set an olde school desk in front so the door didn't fall forward..You can never be to careful..
Have a great weekend...

Prim hugs,
Trena

TeresaM said...

It looks great!!! I love old doors!!!

bittersweetandprim said...

Sorry Jeff but I think Dan was right on this door, bringing it in and oh my goodness, I love it! Its perfect, you have such a great eye for things! Thanks so much for sharing
Heather

Ames said...

I love it too Dan. I brought an old beat up black screen door home for my vintage boys room. I was going to hang old lures and a fishing hat on it and lean an old rod and reel up against it but...my husband complained about it so badly I had to take it back. Normally he doesn't say anything about my creativity where decorating is concerned but this time he held firm. So I had to keep the peace and compromise. I hope you get to keep it. I love the look!~Ames

oldepearprimitives said...

My husband says the exact same thing. He also loves the line "You want me to build what? Why? Don't we have engough already?" I just love it when he says that. LOL. But in the end when it comes together he really likes it b/c he can see the outcome. He can't see the whole picture before hand I guess. But that door is such a great find. It looks really nice there. I always wanted one and if I did I would attach a shelf to it. But it looks lovely!

~*Hugs*~
Gen

Robyn~Primlish said...

Kindra, At Home With K, had the post where she painted the window with mirror paint. It turned out awesome! Your door is great! You have totally transformed your home. It's beautiful!

Janice said...

I love the door...but what I'm most curious about is you saying you "were about to go on your run." Are you a runner, too?!? If so, good for you, it would be another thing we have in common. : )
Janice

HomeSpunPrims said...

The door looks great in the corner Dan! It has lots of character and the handle is wonderful. I like the wreath on it too. I don't know if I'd want to cover up the neat patina on the door with a quilt. I like the stool and birdhouse in front of it because you can still see the door. Perhaps you could figure out something with the quilt you mentioned to hide the electrical cord next to it. Just my two cents!

STITCHINPRIM said...

Dan:
I love the door but I think either a runner or table spread from Family Heirloom Weavers in a peach seed pattern at an angle over the right corner of door would look very prim..
Blessings,
Maurine

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Dan I think you have a keeper piece there...sometimes these little corners are very difficult to decorate but I think you nailed it!
Karen

mj said...

Looks great! You could take an old ladder and put it behind the door and hang a quilt on the ladder so its peeking from behind the door. If you dont have a tall ladder put a smaller one on a bench to make it taller. But who am I to tell an expert on what to do. Just an idea. I think we all get the same head shaking like your really going to do what? LOL

Anonymous said...

Well, here is my opinion. I LOVE the door just as it is!! I would keep the birdhouse in front of it, no quilt, and just find something else to hide your outlet. Maybe an old crate? You could decorate the crate by adding old keys, maybe an old latern inside, add a cloth for color? Maybe a few old door knobs hanging on a plaque above it. I think there is a lot you can do. You could also add a star to the inside of the wreath, but I still think it looks great as is and you have found the perfect spot!! Jax

Never So Simple said...

I love the door. I think it looks great.

Donna

~ Regan said...

Wow, Dan! Looks like a winner to me, too! I love the handle, and grapevine wreaths just make me weak ;)

If you ever find something that worries you to bringing in the house, just give it a good coat of polyacyrlic sealer. It even comes in a spraycan, you can find it in matte, satin (my fave) or glossy. This way you can preserve the color/shabbiness of an item, with out it feeling 'dirty'. EX: I had an old metal milk crate, it was pretty rusty, but I loved that look. I cleaned it,sprayed it, and now all the rust is contained. It doesn't mark up my carpet or rub off on my hands, but still looks like it did when I brought it home. Hope this helps!

taterbug said...

Dan I did the same thing, but wanted the door for our shed. It didn't work there so we cut it in half & used it to hide a TV in a spare room. I love it & I love yours! It looks perfect. I have my eye on another door in an antique shop nearby. :)

LibbiesHome said...

You are always thinking! Love how it looks and I hope Jeff is loving it now, too. :) I have a couple of those little corner spots that give me fits, too. I think you are onto something with putting a tall item there.
I like the suggestions the other people made, but I really love the stool in front of the door. Can you find something else in the chicken coop that will cover that outlet? :) (I was so busy drooling over the door idea I never noticed that until I read other comments.)
Thanks for sharing another great idea!

redesigngal said...

Dan: That door is perfect for that corner! What else ya got in that "Chicken Coop" and when can I check it out! LOL Love your style!
Joy