Sunday, June 20, 2010

Old Doors + Old Books + Old Photos = New Wall Art

I had these two wooden doors in my basement. 

I painted and distressed the outer frame.

And then I applied book pages to the center with a starch method that I saw at Notes From A Cottage Industry.  Tracey has a video tutorial on the process here.  Thanks Tracey, it worked great.

I chose some really yellowed pages.  I love the aged look.  As I applied the starch some of the stained color came off the pages and spread on top of the lighter pages causing more of a aged, glazed effect.  Perfect!  You just never know what's going to happen when you start a project.

I added knobs from Hobby Lobby.

I built this "sill" from a 1x2 with molding around the edges...

Painted and stained it to match...

And attached it to the bottom, so it would feel more like one piece and not just two doors.

I hung the finished piece in the hallway off the foyer.  It is quite a narrow space, so a full picture was impossible.  I hope you can get the idea.  I had some old family photos that I put in the center. 

My Mother.

My Grandmother.

My grandmother is the little girl in this one.

My Grandfather.  Did you notice the chapter title on the page on the right?  Just a coincidence.

I have to say this project was a lot of fun and I love the finished product. 


Lots of parties to join:


  1. Really nice!! It was a great idea!

  2. What a great backdrop for your lovely photographs! Very clever.

  3. Wow! How creative is that...great transformation salvaging the old doors. I too have salvaged a few old doors. Stopping by from Cielo's SOYCM.

  4. Wow what a great idea thanks for sharing

  5. Found you through Cielo, glad I did, wow what a lovely home! Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely week!

  6. What a wonderful idea you've had and the finished project turned out beautifully! I love this! Love the olden book pages you added the the family treasured photos - fabulous! What a wonderful piece.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. This turned out great!! come on over and link up to MMM :)

  8. Hi Janet... did you read the messages I sent you last night??? ;) You've been featured! Come see!


  9. it turned out beautiful. I like how you used the book pages on this project.

  10. Wow! What a great idea and transformation. I love the ending result and that you can share with others the wonderful photos of your family members!
    God Bless,

  11. I love how this came out! The whole piece is inspired and you did a wonderful job. The family photos and frames are perfect, in fact, the whole project is just gorgeous. Clever woman, you.

  12. This is another amazing project from your lovely home! We have so many great old photos...this is a great way to show them off! I'm so glad you showed us on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  13. What a beautiful way to display old family photos. Very impressive blog.

  14. I just think those are the coolest ole doors!

    my post is not at the nannykim blog , but here:

  15. BEAUTIFUL! I've got some old pieces I've been wanting to cover with book pages, sheet music or something of that nature. I've even got a door or two. I love that you've beautifully displayed photos and love the title, though coincidental, by your Grandpa's picture. Your project is wonderful!

    Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish

  16. The doors are beautiful! And I love that you added some wonderful photos to them! Just lovely!

  17. That's looks great! Good idea!

  18. So cute idea to put your vintage family photos!


  19. Oh my goodness, fabulous!! Great job!


  20. This is gorgeous! What a beautiful way to honor those family photos.

  21. These are gorgeous! Lovely idea and I would love to see where you put them. Now I want to find some old doors!

  22. Thank you for the MANY great idea's here.
    And for the link to the liquid starch project...yours turned out really well, I'm sure you are pleased.

    Just think of all the things we can "plaster" our old papers too easily.


  23. what a gorgeous project! I love all the wonderful heirloom family photos you have! Happy Thursday!


  24. Well, I've got an old door and two shutters (solid wood, not louvered)....guess what I'll now be thinking of doing? Thanks for the inspiration!
    Love what you do...pat

  25. Oh how clever!! Just love it; what a memorable way to remember your family!!!

  26. What a beautiful and sentimental transformation. Love the old pages from books and the portraits. Just fabulous!

  27. That is beautiful! Love it!!

  28. Love everything about this! I too love working with old books for decorating -- love how you added the little sill on the bottom! That really adds so much to the project!

  29. this too! Those doors are amazing :) Laurel

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