My grandparents spent most of their 64 year marriage in the same home. It was a beautiful, century old wood house in the heart of the city. This home not only held precious memories of their lives and the countless hours I spent there visiting but I also had the privilege of living there for several years after they had to move out.
Unfortunately, their home had to be torn down several years ago. Before it was though, I had the opportunity to salvage a door from one of the bedrooms along with a few other things.I had initially intended for the door to become a headboard for my bed but as time passed, I decided I wanted to use the door in a way that was more reflective of it’s original purpose.
Before I could use the door, it had to be cleaned up. Being over a 100 years old, there were several layers of paint on it including some that had lead in them.
I love chippy paint and normally wouldn’t touch old paint because I love the look of it but the paint on this old door was peeling and falling off. I did not want to have the lead paint chips all over my bedroom so spent hours stripping, sanding and cleaning the original paint off of the wood.
Once I had it as far down as I could go without hurting the wood, I sealed the door with a clear coat and then gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. Now, the door was ready finally ready to be used in my Master Bedroom. I had this beautiful bird cage frame that my sister had given me for my birthday (she knows how much I love birds!) and it was perfect addition to accent the door. I didn’t need to do anything to the frame except add a picture of my mom sitting in front of her childhood home, the house the door had come from, and some burlap ribbon to the top to hang it by.
Now I have a picture of my mom, in a frame from my sister, hanging on a door from my grandparent’s home. Every time I see it I can’t help but feel connected to a bigger picture of family, memories and love.