Old Door Message Center

Hi friends!!  I am sharing my home tour over at Debbiedoo’s today!  Go on over and check it out, but be sure to come back!

I decided a few weeks ago that every Friday I would feature a project that has been repurposed.  If you have something you’d like to submit to be featured, look for the button on the right that says “Submit an Upcycle.”  I’d love to feature you too!!

Today, I am featuring my old door message center.

When I first started painting and crafting back in August, I bought 25 windows and a few old doors from a man on Craigslist.  As I’ve mentioned before, I had no idea what I was going to do with any of it.

Not a clue.

In the end, I painted each of those 25 windows and have sold almost every single one.

As for the doors, they too sold, except for one.


Yep, I just had to keep one!

I blogged about this door back when I first started, but I was so eager to get it up on the blog, that I never showed the actual finished piece.  I decided today would be the day!

This door started off looking like this…

The Rustic Pig: Old Door Message Center

It was hideous and it took A LOT of cleaning!

After a coat of paint, it looked like this…

The Rustic Pig: Old Door Message Center

I know.  Not much better right?

Then, I added a black glaze over it to give it an aged look.

And I added my favorite stencil.

Next, I cut several pieces of scrapbook paper to size, added some pictures of my family and two hooks, and then attempted to hang my masterpiece.

The Rustic Pig: Old Door Message Center

My husband was out of town, and so I thought I could easily figure it out.

I grabbed a few dry wall anchors and some screws, measured out where I wanted the screws to go and got to work.

I was so proud of myself.

Until I tried to pick up the door and hang it on the wall!

It weighed a TON!!!  I mean, really?  It was crazy heavy!  At one point, I even enlisted my 7 year old to help me out.  I was that determined.

In the end, all I had was a door and couple of new holes in the drywall.  And, the original post ended here.

When my husband came home later that week, he came up with a plan to hang the door.

Here’s what he did… He screwed a few boards into the studs and then hung the door from the boards.  It’s the best way to save your walls!

Here is our old door message center…

The Rustic Pig: Old Door Message Center

We love it!!

Would you use something like this in your house?

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!

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  1. Love this project Claire! Thanks for hanging out with me today. XO
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  2. OMGOsh! I adore it!! I would use it in a heart beat if I had a wall big enough to hold it–so stinking cute!! <3
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  3. IN LOVE with this, such a fun project and I’m glad your hubs got it hung for you! Love it when our men come to the rescue and I think they like it too, hehe! 🙂
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  4. This is really great Claire! Fantastic job 🙂
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  5. Hi Claire….saw your beautiful home at Debbiedoos, so I came to say hi….and want to tell you that I love, love that message center. What a fantastic idea.
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  6. pretty envious of this right now… this is stinkin awesome. what a statement piece
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  7. That is a marvelous job. Awesome piece….great vision and a good job- xo Diana
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  8. Just saw your house at Debbie’s…it is beautiful. Also was happy to see a fellow Texan, and so close…I live in San Antonio, and I’m your newest follower. 🙂

  9. This is great project, Claire! Loved your house tour over at Debbie’s.
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  10. Just so cool and functional. I adore the picts but the chalkboard for the 5 days of the school week are perfect. Bet it was heavy to hang too!

  11. LOVE this project !!! Wish I had a space in my house for one – love, love, love! 🙂
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  12. Jenniffer Grafton says:

    How did you do the chalkboard part? Ingenious idea! Just love it!

  13. I have one of these but mine is a smaller 3 window. Yes, very heavy! The old family home we used to live in got sold and torn down. We saved the three window wood doors off the built in cabinate and its now hanging above my mantle framing old pictures in each panel. I LOVE MINE!

  14. Hi there, I LOVE your windows/door projects. Like they’re amazingly amazing. I’m in the process of doing something similar with an old French door (it even has a keyhole!) but want to surprise my husband with it. How in the world did you hang it?? Like screw a board into a few studs, and then have hooks come off that? helllllp 🙂

  15. I was googling to find out if someone was as crazy as me…. loving to use an ironing board as a table! And I found your site! I’m in LOVE with everything you’ve done! I’ll be BACK often =)

  16. Love your picture door. Did you put the scrapbook paper in front or behind the glass? How did you attach it? What about the photos, did you permanently attach them? How? I want to be able to change photos behind the glass. Any ideas?

  17. Just joined your site a second ago. I love, love, love this DIY you did here. If this is any indications of your site, I cannot wait to see all the things you have done, and what you will do next.


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