Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Wall of Doors=New Storage Space


I cannot believe I am showing you these before photos, but actually, it gets worse. 

I’m just not ready to go there just yet.

(Let me just apologize in advance for the horrible quality of these pictures today.    There just wasn’t enough light when I took them, and the Picasa program can only fix so much.)


This is the end wall in my laundry area.  See how it had become nothing but a place to pile stuff up against?

It had a window in the wall, and this lovely old pump from a long defunct well. 


Then there was the pile in the corner……lampshade anyone?


Well, happy to say most of the stuff in the piles is now gone, sent out to the curb and happily carted away by fellow curb shoppers!

In my master plan for the laundry area, I wanted to have storage that was out of sight. 

This area is definitely not out of sight!

So what to do? 

Enclose it!

I had Mike pick me up 10 2x4x8’s and went to town with my framing nailer.  (no in-progress photos, sorry!)

And then gathered some doors that were already stored in the basement to finish the wall.

An old screen storm door made a perfect entry door for my new 3 ft deep storage room.


The screen enables natural light coming through the window to reach the laundry area. 

The fact there is a light fixture in there is a bonus when trying to find something.

Wish I could say that it’s done, but alas, I still need to build storage shelves in there.  (ran out of 2x4’s). 



Actually, after I built this wall last weekend, I hated how it looked.  The doors were very grungy, and all different colors.

I really tried to like it in all it’s shabbiness, but alas, my head just couldn't get around it.  I started thinking it was a big mistake.

Don’t get me wrong, I love shabby and chippy and all that, but this was just too much. 

I didn’t bother to take any photos of that stage.  I hated it so much it was this close to being torn back down! 

So after a week of contemplating the situation, enough was enough!  I pulled out some white primer intending to just give a light coat to make the doors match, and maybe sand it back.  The pics above are taken after adding primer.

Still not loving the shabbiness, I got out some flat white paint and covered everything with 2 coats.

Ahh, much better.


Next came some black paint with a coffee scoop of grout added to it.


You see, I had remembered reading Gail’s post about making your own chalkboard paint.  The recipe calls for 1 cup of paint and 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout.

Uh-oh, my grout is sanded!


But since I’m trying to use what I have on hand, I decided to take a chance and go with it.

This door on the left of the screen door was originally the swinging door between our kitchen and dining room.  It had been removed before we bought the house. 

Since then we took down the dividing wall between those 2 rooms, so that door had no chance of being put back up.

The one panel style was perfect for making a chalkboard to list all the stuff that can be found in the new storage room.    003-3

The paint was real gritty because of the sand in the grout, so I sanded it back after every coat to smooth it out. 

Guess what?

It worked! 002-2

I got to hang my antique drying rack on the other side.  I just love this thing, I used to use it all the time for hanging sweaters and other line dry items.  

Sadly, I had nowhere to hang it in this house, until now!


It folds down tight to the wall when not in use.

They really had everything all figured out in those days, didn’t they?


Now I’m liking this wall a lot better!

So that’s it, my wall of doors in the laundry room.  I’m hoping to get the shelving inside built this weekend.

Then I can make it nice and neat, maybe even organized!009-1  011-1 005-4

Now for those who like shabby and chippy, don’t give up on me just yet.

I still have the shabby/chippy shutter wall on the other side of the room.  (It’s almost ready for a reveal)


This is the back side of the shutter wall.  There’s about 3 feet between it and the basement stairs.

I used to have a bunch of doors stored there. 

Well guess what?  I used them all, so now I have some extra room to work with.


Now that side looks like this!


Using everything I have to make my space organized!

Thanks for putting up with my horrible photos today. 

When I do the whole room reveal I promise to set up all kinds of extra lights to make the pictures better. 

Maybe then I won’t be working around piles of tools and other junk…. 



Linking this up to Donna’s Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. wow! it's great! When we talked I was wanting to say something about a screen door, but I didn't know if you had one (SHOULD have known)so I didn't bring it up. SO happy to see that you indeed did have one and used it! Awesome!
    LOVE the chalkboard, so glad to hear that sanded grout works also.
    I bet you LOVE doing laundry down there now. (at least that's what a little birdie told me)
    great job rose!

  2. Wow! Talk about a transformation! Your laundry room is looking fantastic!

  3. I love it! Don't you love that feeling when you have accomplished something you wanted to do and it comes out looking great! You did a wonderful job!

  4. I'm just speechless. You have brilliant ideas and can actually execute them. I love the chalkboard and drying rack. By the way, I love chippy as much as the next person but I don't think everything needs to be chippy. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is perfect.

  5. Rose I am so impressed, it is looking fabulous. Of course I love the drying rack, I still haven't found a spot for mine yet... I need to work on that now that you reminded me I even have

    Loving the doors and genius idea to use the screen door, good for ventilation also. Great idea with the chalkboard paint that will make life so much easier and more organized.

    I can't wait until you show us the whole room... you must be thrilled. Another fantastic job.

    Have a great day...

    Hugs, Deb

  6. AWESOME! What a great way to use the doors! And a chalkboard to keep track of what's in there? That's genius.

  7. The chalkboard paint was perfect for those doors. You are relentless.

  8. Perfect! What a great way to add storage and to repurpose doors that have been stored away using up space. I love the chalkboard, screendoor and wall of doors! Great ideas Rose. Thanks for sharing, Connie

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  10. What a great project!
    I love the way it turned out. You have extra storage now that you found a purpose for all those doors!

    Hey, I was just wondering. When you saved those doors--is this the project you had in mind; or did you just think maybe someday I'll come up with a use for them?

    And...did it hurt when you put all your stuff to the curb?
    It felt like it would hurt to me.

  11. WOW!!! You continue to amaze me with your looks great ~ and what a great idea to use your old doors. Can't wait to see the final reveal :)

  12. Uh-Maze-ING Rose, makes me wish my garage was a basement. No basements in Florida : (

  13. What a great use for those doors! You amaze me with your ideas. I just had hubby pick up some chalkboard paint since I don't think I have any grout. Did you have to wait for a few days before you rubbed chalk all over it? The instructions said I had to wait 3 days, I had no idea.

  14. Wow, you have officially blown me away! Just to have all those doors and shutters at hand, plus the clever chalkboard paint solution, so very impressed with this whole re do! Kudos, you clever woman!


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