Today I want to show you how I turned an old salvage screen door into a family message center.
I started with this old door I picked up for $10! It was in pretty bad shape (as you can see). I stripped some of the loose paint because it probably contained lead and I don’t like to have leaded, chipping paint inside my house. There were so many layers of paint on this door, that I ended up leaving some of the paint, sanded it a bit, and then repainted it in Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.
I used a piece of thin plywood cut to size for the top panel where the screen had been. I painted it with several light coats of Rustoleum’s Chalkboard spray paint and attached it with small finish nails to the back. I can use the chalkboard to leave messages for the family, post a weekly menu, or do some chalkboard art! I love the versatility this permanent chalkboard will give me!
Now that we have 5 (yep – 5!!!) drivers at our house, we needed a place to manage all of those keychains and lanyards! I had four rusty caster wheels on hand that we attached to each side of the door frame. Mark drilled a hole about the same size and pounded them in with a mallet. Now we have at least four places to hang up those keys so they don’t get misplaced (because you know that never happens at my house!!!)
I’m always misplacing my sunglasses, so I can hook them onto the small caster’s as well!
I found the oversized hooks and added one on each side to hang larger items like a tote, handbag, hat or scarf. They are also sturdy enough for a fall jacket or sweater.
I attached this wire basket and added a small tin chalkboard to the front so we have a place, other than the dining room table, for the daily mail!
The door didn’t have a handle, so I found this rusty one! I think it is a perfect fit!
The trunk I found at TJ Maxx sits in front of the door and holds some extra pillows and this Cagno lumbar pillow that I made from a plain Pottery Barn pillow cover. I found it on sale at the outlet for $7.50! I created a stencil on my Silhouette and painted it with gray craft paint.
So here’s the finished product – a place for everything and everything in it’s place! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will follow along as I update our home room by room! You can get updates of my posts delivered to your e-mail – it’s easy, just enter your e-mail below!
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