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Further adventures in scrounging

It was free spring-cleaning day at the landfill and furrydoc guessed that I might have construction rubble to add to her truckload. (Gee, wonder what made her think a thing like that?)

So she came over, we loaded my demolition leftovers on top of hers, and off we went to the dump.

And there it was, right on the nearest heap:

The center pane had a crack across it that someone had patched with blue masking tape and cardboard from a Cheerios box. The wood has a few dings. But nothing a little Bondo or wood filler can’t handle. Rick at the local hardware store cuts glass and I even have glazing points hidden in some drawer or another. A little sanding and a coat of paint — and it’s done.

A cheerful young man who helped us unload said we were welcome to it. So I smashed out the broken pane and this cool old door followed me home.

Not sure where I’ll use it yet, but I’ll figure something out.

Just what I need: another project!


  1. Jorge
    Jorge April 26, 2015 6:29 pm

    I could use it right now! Pity we are so far away from each other.

  2. Claire
    Claire April 26, 2015 7:04 pm

    If I don’t find a use for it, I’ll fix it up and put in on Craigslist. Might be a bit of a long drive for you to pick it up, though. 🙂

  3. Pat
    Pat April 26, 2015 9:32 pm

    Have you ever stained glass? That would look neat around the perimeter, or even the center section as well.

  4. Jim B.
    Jim B. April 26, 2015 11:44 pm

    Whatever you do, don’t use it as an exterior door. One good throw with a good sized rock and…

  5. Karen
    Karen April 27, 2015 3:31 am

    I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  6. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 27, 2015 8:05 am

    My parents bought house that had a door just about like that. The glass was covered on both sides with cheap veneer. We were surprised to find all the glass intact. It was an interior door (orginally an exterior) after an addition was added. We stripped the paint, lightly sanded and restained the wood. It became a focal piece for the room. The small dings and dents added character and went with the rest of the house. It seperates the kitchen from the entry/pantry area which allows to close that part off to conserve heat.

  7. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 27, 2015 8:08 am

    I second the stained glass idea! I’ve done it before and it’s fun.

  8. Pat
    Pat April 27, 2015 9:49 am

    And if that becomes a closet door, you could put a mirror in the center (with a backing, of course).

  9. Claire
    Claire April 27, 2015 9:52 am

    I’ve done the faux stained glass, too. It is fun. I’ll clean the door up first, then we’ll see what we see.

    Right now I’m thinking of it possibly as the door to a linen closet. But since neither the closet nor the bathroom it goes in exist yet, who knows what might happen. I have an old cast-iron tub I’m also cleaning up (no claws on the feet, but otherwise the same style as a clawfoot) & I think they’d go well together.

  10. Laird
    Laird April 28, 2015 10:04 am

    What a beautiful door! I wish I could find “trash” like that! Congratulations; I’m sure you’ll find a good use for it.

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