Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Tale of Two Doors - Part II

Now what about our second front door? It became a door for a utility closet. The door was too small for the other doorway and since the house seriously lacks storage space, and there was this doorway there anyway, we stole a bit of space from the porch to make a closet. Just a bit of space off the porch. Not enough that you would even notice.

We found the exterior side painted that yellow. I don’t have pictures of the interior side as we found it. It was hardly photo-worthy. Like everything else in the house, it was covered with a sheet of paneling and painted glossy white with just a little hole drilled out for the peep hole.

When the paneling was removed – this is what we found -

- a door that showed potential – with a potentially interesting speakeasy door.

K stripped off that nasty paint . . .



. . . dipped and stripped the speakeasy door . . .



. . . and spray painted it . . .



. . . and now we have a lovely door hiding our mops and vacuum

. . . and ready to shine after years of hiding behind a sheet of ‘60s paneling . . .



What were those panel-loving people thinking?

10 comments:

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Gasp! What a beautiful door! Love that "speakeasy" feature. So unique!

Why S? said...

Thanks, Julia. Unfortunately, in this case, there'll never be anyone on the other side to say "Joe sent me."

Jayne said...

That's a beautiful door! What were those people thinking, covering that up?!

modernemama said...

Holy hidden treasure, Batman! That's beautiful!
What was it with paneling? Was there a tax break if you covered every unique feature your house possessed with the stuff?

Why S? said...

Jayne, if only I had a nickel for every time we asked ourselves 'what were they thinking?'

Modernmama, you may be on to something. That's the only sane explanation for this insane phenomenon. Must've happened during the Nixon years.

goddessof4 said...

It is a gorgeous door!!!! What a treasure to find!!!!

NV said...

that's awesome! what a fabulous find.

If the jokers we bought This D*mn House from slapped a piece of paneling on it, you can bet it was to hold it together. :-)

TMA said...

I love the speak-easy door!! I also like the craftsman door, but not as much as the peek-a-boo allure.

Baba said...

The door looks fabulous now! Nice save! NP regarding the linky love. I really enjoy reading your blog and will be back.

DesignTies said...

Wow!! That was an awesome find!!!! And it was right there all along!!

You really have to wonder what makes people want to cover up beautiful architectural features like this beautiful door...

Good thing you discovered it and saved it :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies