Ashley’s Door Turned Mantel Decor

I have quickly learned to never turn down a piece of junk!  It may not be vision at first sight but it will soon come!  My BFF, Lauri, is a true friend!  I cannot count how many times she has called me willing to dumpster dive through someones trash if I was interested!  That’s where this story begins.  Several months ago I got a phone call from Lauri saying ~ I just passed a door on the side of the road….it’s not a whole door but do you want it?  Well, duh!  Great friend I have ~ she not only loaded it into her car on the side of the road, she also brought it to my house for me!  I have had many visions in the past months for this 3/4 of a door but I wasn’t super excited about any of them until this vision!  I had a hunch this would make the perfect focal point for my mantel!
Here she is the 3/4 door!
I started by taking the hardware off with a Dewalt battery powered drill.
I then marked off a line for cutting…..
and began cutting with a Dewalt battery powered circular saw.
Time for sanding!  I lightly sanded all over to make painting easier and to clean off the cobwebs and dust.
I painted her with Behr Cozy Cottage Satin…
distressed with my 3M sanding block (80 grit paper)
and painted on Minwax Red Mahogany Stain over the distressed edges.
Ralph stopped by for another visit (remember ~ paint on then wipe away)
While I was waiting for her to dry I went to JoAnn’s and found the perfect cardboard T on sale for $4.00 ( T is for our last name)
She looked great with 2 coats of Behr Forever Black!
I used Gorilla Glue to secure the T to the center of the “door”.
I found these two unfinished wooden corner pieces at JoAnn’s for $2.00 ~ painted them with the Behr Cozy Cottage and a touch of Ralph
and secured them to the top corners using Gorilla Glue!
Now for the finishing touch ~ I wanted this to still resemble a door so I purchased a large knob at Hobby Lobby for $3.00.  I drilled a hole to screw in the knob.
I LOVE my new mantel focal point!  It was so easy and almost FREE!!!!  If you would like to make one of these and don’t have a junky door laying around you can always buy one at a hardware store and follow these same easy steps!  I hope you have been inspired!


  1. Cindy Harvey on October 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Flippin' amazing…truly amazing!

  2. Tammy on October 5, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Oooh, another favorite post! I can't wait to find a door of my own. Thank you for the details, as always. You ladies are forever changing the way the world decorates. Or at least me. 🙂

  3. [email protected] Charm on October 5, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Sooooooo creative…just luv what you did here…my head is spinning with ideas of how to use it during the Christmas season. Thanks for sharing.


  4. The Giffen Family on October 5, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Love it! I'm also a HUGE fan of the "boo apothecary jars" to the right. Adorable – did you make them, buy them…please share 🙂

  5. cottagewish on October 5, 2009 at 3:14 am

    That was a great trash to treasure! I want the little knob 🙂

  6. Natalie on October 5, 2009 at 3:13 am

    You guys get me excited for our town clean up days. The day that the neighborhood puts all their junk…I mean treasures…out on the street. I will be searching for a door and a chair! 🙂 What a great idea!

  7. Amy on October 5, 2009 at 3:09 am

    SOOOO CUTE!!!! I love it! I'm gonna start looking for a door now!! hehehe

  8. Morning T on October 5, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Another great project. I love reading your blog as you both have me on the edge, trying to figure out exactly what you're going to do, only to be outwitted by you every time. Love it!! 🙂

  9. Nori on October 5, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I love all of the the added embellishments! Soooo pretty!

  10. Laura, Lynn and Macie Scow on October 5, 2009 at 2:36 am

    OH MY HEAVENS!!! I love this! I just so happen to have about 15 doors laying around that didn't "fit" in my 100 year old house. Now I know what to do with them! THANKS! YEAH!

  11. Jody on October 5, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Another creative idea love it!

  12. Sharlotte on October 5, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Great idea! It looks great! Love the door knob. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Sheri on October 5, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Wow, looks great!

  14. Sherri S on October 5, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I love it! And all of ya'lls ideas! Plus the info included is awesome! Of course, I'd love one. Now I will be on the 'hunt' for a junk old door.

  15. tales from an oc cottage on October 5, 2009 at 2:04 am


    m ^..^

  16. [email protected] on October 5, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Darn, I threw out my extra door !! I would love to have made one. 🙁

  17. Mimi on October 5, 2009 at 1:51 am

    OMG Ashley, I LOVE it! Wow, that is really impressive. You are quite the talent!

  18. Leen on October 5, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I LOVE this. So clever.

    Thanks also for including the color paint that you use, you must have known I was going to ask 🙂

  19. Jenglamgirl on October 5, 2009 at 1:37 am

    HOW DARLING LOVE IT…. AND RIGHT next to those boo jar's on pedestals I love! GREAT JOB!

  20. Miss Mustard Seed on October 5, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I love it! You girls are so creative and handy. I like seeing a woman with power tools. 🙂

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