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Vintage Door Decor – opinions needed!

Yesterday I shared the not so pretty side of our playroom. A post sure to take pinterest by storm…ok so not really, BUT today I actually have a project to share with you, and I need your help! You guys were so great the last time I needed opinions so I’m polling you all again.

If you follow me on instagram (c’mon it’s fun, let’s be friends!) than you know this past summer this beautiful old door in the most glorious red color just happened to show up on my doorstep.

A red door

No, I don’t have an architectual salvage fairy godmother, but I have the next best thing – our friend Josh over at Berghuis Construction. He is the general contractor that built our house and knows how much I love old stuff. So, when he comes across something good from a remodeling job he drops it by my house. I have a whole pile of fabulous old windows from him too (stay tuned cuz I’ve been working on something with them this week).

Decorating with old doors

I was so in love with this door when she first arrived (she just looks like a she right?) but I wasn’t totally sure what to do with her. I actually left her out in the rain and sun for a few months this summer while I tried to decide. Then it struck me, the playroom needed some color!

Vintage Door decor

I enlisted the Mr. and bought some heavy duty bolts that we anchored into the studs. I make that sound so simple when it was in fact a bit of a nightmare, let’s just say a huge solid wood heavy door, 2 people and no power tools in sight made this an interesting project. We actually kidnapped my poor friend’s husband who happened to be walking their dog past our house and asked him to come hold the door up. It’s always fun explaining these things “hey could you help us bolt a door to the wall?”

Vintage door wall art

Anyhoo, it’s totally stuck there, it looks fab, BUT this is where you come in! It has been there for a few months now and I keep going back and forth on whether I should

A. leave it as is..

Vintage door wall art


B. add some fun clips on it and use it as an art display for the kids


C. string fun family photos across it.

I just can’t decide, so help! What would you do?

Oh and PS don’t look thru the window too close, I repainted the walls in here a slightly more grey beige color (see all my paint colors here) and just painted around the door. Not thinking that hello? there’s a window you can totally see the old paint thru oops!

old door wall art

I can’t fully describe the look the Mr. gave me when I innocently suggested we take the door down, so I could paint that square and then put it back up…

let’s just say I think that door will be there for the next 30 years if he has anything to do with it.

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  2. I say leave it as is and use garland to dress it up for different holidays! And when there isn’t a holiday you could do a string (or 2 or 3) horizontally with clothes pins (or something prettier) to hang family photos and kids art work on!
    If you send me your mailing address I would LOVE to send you some garland I’ve been working on!

    Luck with the descion.

  3. I say leave as is but have a cute little friend peaking out from behind the glass window panel… Add a little whimsey :)

  4. I think it would be a cute place to display Instagram photos. Love the pop of red, it looks great, and i would have never noticed the paint color if you didn’t mention it!

  5. Love the door. I would create a tiny mouse house near the floor. It would have a tiny red door that opens to reveal a mouse room between the studs.

  6. I have a couple of thoughts:

    Find a puppet and have it peeking out the window… you might need tacks to hold it up but but the vision in my head is a touch of whimsy.

    A wooden toy train centered on the top edge of the door.

    Cup hooks on the to corners of the door to hang a banner; or string for kids artwork with colorful clothes pins, Halloween masks, Christmas stockings…. seasonal fun.

    Can you think of a way to get a scrap booking paper of blue sky and clouds into the little window in the door?

    What a fun project with so many possibilities!

  7. I just LOVE it Kelly!! I’m sure by now you’ve decided and done what you wanted to the door, but I would think either art for the kids or family pictures would be the best and most fun! It would make the most awesome backdrop. Maybe I’ll have to find me a contractor friend too, because I would sure love to have some doors or old windows on hand to do something with. (Dream) Can’t wait to see what you decide!–♥Angie http://www.feelthejoyinthejourney.blogspot.com

  8. I’m just blown away that you have someone who would drop off vintage stuff like that :-D I wouldn’t touch the door but I would put something more interesting (pops of red) on the shelf below :-)

  9. I wouldn’t do anything permanent to the door. I love the color and lines and think it adds just the right amount of interest to the room. I love the idea of stringing something across it…artwork, photos, pennant banners, something you could change with the seasons/holidays…similar to how you change your mantle but for your kids:)

  10. My first thought was stencilling “when God closes a door,,,,,, awesome to see someone else had the same thought

  11. Have you considered continuing the door or window idea down the wall? It might open up a whole new world of possibilities. Just a thought…

  12. I think the same as many others, pictures of family would look so great. The panels do act as frames and that pop of color would be really great if you took the pictures in black and white. I think that would add character to an already old piece. It adds the idea of the aged look.


  13. My ideas are these: pictures of family, friends and the kids artwork; if teaching the kids: alphabet w/pics, numbers, colors; emergency personal like: policeman, firefighters, nurses, doctors etc. I also noticed the books under the door so maybe some pictures about the books. I hope this helps.

  14. Just a small suggestion , but I would paint the bolts either the same color as the door or black. The shininess takes away from the look. Don’t mean to be critical. I love the look, but I’m super aware of minute details!

  15. I love your red door, and would keep it as is. Then paint the book rail in the blue gray. Hang the kids art/pictures on either side with blue or red clothes pins. I think that you give so much of yourself (love) in this room, that this is Your door!!

    1. Thanks Cathy, love those ideas! You all are the best coming up with the best stuff I have a feeling I will be staring at this door for the next few days trying to nail it down!

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