For way too long now I have been talking about making a door table, (driving my friends nuts obsessing over them at Sesame- a Charleston burger place) but I could never find just the right door. (Not within my budget anyway!)
Well we were really in need of some seating and table space on our patio and I thought this would be a great place for a door table, so I took a chance on this
beauty beast that I found at Sustainable Warehouse for $40. I finally had to scratch the door table itch!
Ok, first things first, seriously, who are the kids that had this door in their house? Better question, where were their parents? I mean, whatever, plenty of us were 12 year old “anarchists” but let’s play a little “F Bomb” I Spy, shall we?!
(Forgive me for not wanting to put my watermark on this photo! haha)
But haven’t me and your momma told you that it’s what’s on the INSIDE that counts?! 🙂
I thought I was going to have to paint it and distress it, but after investigating some flakes that were chipping off, I saw that there were some vintage greens and yellows under all that brown.
That’s where the putty knife and my stripper became my new best friends.
(Cue T-Pain “I’m in Love with a Stripper”.)
Sorry, T-Pain… not that kind of stripper.
This kind of stripper.
Anyway… I applied the stripper with an old paint brush. I only let it sit for a few seconds since I didn’t want it to take all of the layers of paint off. (Make sure you use a mask any time you are dealing with chemicals and old *possibly lead* paint.)
Over the next few days I repeated this process a few times, clearing away the gunk and residue in between.
What I was left with was a peek into the history of this door in all its chippy paint glory.
It was so easy to attach these legs from an old school table that I also found at Sustainable Warehouse in Charleston. This was a huge relief considering I thought I was going to have to build a base… and I am not exactly a carpenter!
My hubby helped me with this part so I could go gather some things for staging and save daylight. Ain’t he sweet? 🙂
And here she is! I am so in love with this door! I couldn’t stop taking pictures! 🙂 Hope it inspires you to think about the history you could uncover- the beauty that can be hidden underneath a bad paint job!
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