Opening the Door to a New World

Of crafting that is.  This is one of the first major project I attempted after moving into my townhouse.  I got an idea to turn an old, wooden door into a full length mirror.  Only problem: I needed a door.

One rainy Saturday morning, I decided to go antique shopping and look for just the right door.  I stumbled into Cedar Street Antiques and began to look around.  I didn’t see any doors but they had several other interesting antiques.  When I went to check out the owner’s asked me if I had found everything I was looking for.  I told them no and that I had been looking for an old door for a craft project.  To my surprise, he said that he had something out back that just might work…

Original Door

Original Door

That was it.  I had found the door I was looking for.  he told me that it came off of his grandfathers old store in Bremen.  They were doing some restoration work to it but decided that the door was too damaged to use.  I worked out a deal with him to get the door for $30 plus delivery to my house. (It was way too long to fit in the back of my Jeep.)

Getting Ready To Sand

Getting Ready To Sand

Partially Sanded Door

Partially Sanded Door

After getting the 50lbs door to my house. I sanded the door with different grated sand paper, starting with a coarser grade and moving to finer grades.  Now this took quite some time since I decided to sand it by hand not to take off too much of the original paint.  I sanded the door enough to knock off any loose paint and to create a smooth surface.

The next step was to visit my local glass shop where they were able to cut mirrors to fit into the panels of the door.  I then used Mirror Mastic Adhesive to attach the mirror to the door.  I then laid lots and lots of books on top of the mirrors to make sure the adhesive set properly so the mirror would not fall off.

Mirror Mastic Adhesive

Mirror Mastic Adhesive

Once the mirrors were on the door, all that was left was to put on the finishing touches.  I picked up a few decorative hooks from Anthropologie so that I could hang jewelry.  I also painted the door using a sponge stencil to create the look of flowers.  And…

Finished Door Mirror

Finished Door Mirror

Finished Door Mirror

Finished Door Mirror

Finished Door Mirror

Finished Door Mirror

Finished!!!

I am pretty proud of my new full length mirror.

P.S. you will notice that the bottom two mirrors have cracked since I have stated using it.  I am not sure what happened, but I am planning on peeling them off and replacing them one of these days.  So look for another post…

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