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. Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art on October 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Love it…you are so creative!

  2. Julie on October 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Wat to cute

  3. Michelle on October 12, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Very creative project, I love it. Stop by for a visit soon!

  4. The Tablescaper on October 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    How fun and creative! Love the made it without my Hubby!

    – The Tablescaper

  5. nannykim on October 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Wow great fun idea!! The only thing I can make without my hubby is stuff requiring NO power tools!! I am a chicken!!

    nannykim from spindle cottage

  6. bj on October 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

    o, this turned out really neat. I love it.
    It always makes me want to roar when I see a woman using those amazing power tools….!!
    "ROAR….I AM WOMAN!!" ;O)

  7. xinex on October 12, 2009 at 1:31 am

    You are both so creative and talented…Christine

  8. xinex on October 12, 2009 at 1:31 am

    You are both so creative and talented…Christine

  9. Tricia Anne on October 12, 2009 at 12:38 am

    You two are just amazing! This is way too cute! :o)

  10. Sam on October 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    OMG! I love this. My mom has an old pantry door she just had removed and I have a cardboard T upstairs! (T is for our last name too!)

    Come on over and say hello at my new blog. I would love the visitors.

  11. niartist on October 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    LOVE THIS! I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog of genuine Cross Bottles valued at $175. It ends Monday, so hurry over. I think you'll love them! Have you been by yet?

  12. shopannies on October 10, 2009 at 1:04 am

    love that I think I will try to make one for my daughters house

  13. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) on October 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    It's gorgeous! You are so creative.


  14. Lou Cinda on October 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I REALLY love this! Looks so, SO good! What a great and creative idea for a door!!!

    Have a great weekend! I know you will be busy! 🙂

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  15. ImagineCozy on October 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    What a creative way to decorate the mantle.


  16. Mimi on October 9, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Oh, to be so creative…love it!

  17. stefanie on October 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    ta da, you to are awesome!!!

  18. Shanty 2 Chic on October 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Jenn~ It is not letting me reply to your email question…The candle sticks are small…and you're right one is a little !taller than the other two. I would say they are around 4 inches tall! Hope this helps

  19. Shanty 2 Chic on October 7, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments!!!!! ~Ashley

  20. Jenn on October 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I have looked everywhere and cannot find candlesticks. What size are your candlesticks? It looks like the two smaller ones are the same size than the other one is a bit larger? I cannot seem to tell from the photo?

    Thank you,
    [email protected]

  21. Nancy on October 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    LOVE it! Love it, love it!!!

    It's so neat! You did a great job!


  22. Sandy on October 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Love it, now if I can just get up the nerve to use those power tools.

  23. Southern Fried Gal on October 7, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Cute idea! Love your letters!

  24. Kimm at Reinvented on October 7, 2009 at 1:57 am

    F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S!! What a fantastic idea. Gotta love those big letters at JoAnn's!

  25. Teri on October 7, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Very creative! I love it!

  26. janna on October 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Your blog is so cute and I love the door. I'm gonna follow your blog!

  27. Aimee on October 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    What a great idea and so creative!!! You girls come up with such amazing ideas!!!

  28. Ashlee on October 6, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    This is too original!! Great Job!

  29. Mandi Shandi on October 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Hey ladies! This is the first time I have been to your blog but I will be back for the party! Love the old door. It looks fantastic!

  30. Sharon on October 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Love it … something from nothing.

  31. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage on October 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Love, love, love it! You girls are always soooo creative!

  32. [email protected] Creations by Kara on October 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    What an amazing project! I am loving all the ideas I have seen using old doors. This one is just fabulous!

  33. Angie on October 6, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Love this! I'll have to look in Joanns because I haven't seen these big initials.

  34. [email protected] Stories of A to Z on October 6, 2009 at 2:49 am

    It's adorable. Looks like a lot of work went into creating its cuteness. Come visit sometime!


  35. Mommy Words on October 6, 2009 at 2:18 am

    OMG I just saw a beat up door today! Is 10.30 too late for a 6 month prego to go driving around and lugging away solid wood doors? Probably. They might think I was up to no good. This is a great idea though. I did notice last week that the ReStore had a TON of doors for $25 and under. Usually I build things new but now I am re-thinking it all!

  36. Dresser Girl on October 6, 2009 at 2:06 am

    WAY COOL!!!

  37. The Feronti Family on October 6, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Thanks for the shout out, friend!! I am still mad at Don for throwing out that chair i went and got for you. He just didn't see the chic in it, only the shanty! MEN!!!

    I am also quite impressed with your safety glasses. Always wear your saftey glasses!!!! Safety, safety safety!!!!!!!!


  38. Jennifer Juniper on October 6, 2009 at 2:02 am

    It's the cutest little mantle door ever! I'll bet The Nester would love this 🙂

  39. Wendy on October 6, 2009 at 12:33 am

    It looks lovely!

  40. Craig, Blair and Turbo Skousen on October 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Great idea! Don't you just love dumpster diving friends??

  41. Michelle on October 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Love the mantle door! The knob is perfect but my favorite the font style of the "T"…very cool!

  42. Sue on October 5, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Ashley, what a fun project to turn a partial door into something attractive for your mantel. I like the addition of the two corner pieces on top. You are one handy chick.
    I've never heard of a battery operated circular saw before. How novel of Dewalt to come up with this! Thanks for coming by for a visit this morning!
    🙂 Sue

  43. Sandy on October 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Seriously Cool!!!

  44. Rebecca D. on October 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    So fun!I can't wait to participate!

  45. pk on October 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Very clever and cute idea!
    pk @ room remix

  46. Beth Peele on October 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    just love it! I love using letters around the house!

  47. duchess on October 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Looks great! It's nice to have friends who look out for you.

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

    Flippin' amazing…truly amazing!

  49. 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. 🙂

  50. [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.


  51. 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 🙂

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

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

  53. 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!

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

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

  55. 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!! 🙂

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

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

  57. 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!

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

    Another creative idea love it!

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

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

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

    Wow, looks great!

  61. 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.

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


    m ^..^

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

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

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

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

  65. 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 🙂

  66. 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!

  67. 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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