It sat in my garage for years — a beautiful old door my dear husband rescued for me from a trash pile. It had three panes of glass and lovely flecked paint; a perfect decorative piece.
But it was also BIG. And really, really heavy. And finally I just had to admit I didn’t have space for it in my house. And since I was also tired of the space it was taking up in the garage, we sold it in a yard sale to someone else who saw its potential.
But I’ve always regretted losing that door. Especially when I see some of these ideas and realize I didn’t need space for that door inside the house! I could have been decorating with it OUTSIDE all the time!
So I had to share some of these clever ideas…
I love this Door Planter from Minimalisti. You can actually take this idea in so many different directions, hanging all sorts of boxes, buckets, jars, or other containers on an old door, and then getting creative with your plant choices. It could add such a quaint touch to a back porch or patio.
And check out this Door Arbor from Houzz. Granted, you need two doors for this project, but something similar could be constructed with just one door against the side of a shed or garage. Arbors always add a romantic touch to garden walkways, and can you imagine this one covered in wisteria?
If hammers and nails and power drills aren’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t underestimate the beauty of an old door displayed as-is. This Shabby Chic Garden Decor idea from House to Decor shows you how easy it can be to add charm to your garden space or backyard by simply adding an old door and complimenting it with planters, baskets, or lawn chairs.
(Love the one broken pane on this door, by the way…)
These Doors-Turned-Trellises from Better Homes and Gardens are a great idea. I LOVE trellises, and a door with multiple open panes would be perfect for growing climbing plants of all kinds.
I saved my favorite for last. This Old Door Garden Gate from Princess and the Yard Ape makes such a pretty entryway to a garden or back yard space. Something about stepping through an actual door into a garden reminds me so much of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. It makes me want a secret garden of my own!
So I’ve learned my lesson: Never let go of an old door. They are beautiful for decorating inside the house, but I’ll never again fail to see the beauty they can add outside as well!
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