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Window to the Past Door.

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Before we decided to move and build a house and yard from scratch, we had worked really hard to have a beautiful yard somewhere else.

In our new house we have pretty panelled doors - all of them.. except 1.

The door to our utility room , (where our furnace, air recovery system, water tank, freezers and power box are) is an ugly greyish slab door... or was.




  • window to the past door, doors


Plain ugly greyish slab door.  Big Thanks to my hubby for taking it off, and for removing the door handle!


  • window to the past door, doors


Photo on my computer of a view form one of the windows where I used to live.  I had a printer print it out to a 22 x 30 inch size. It cost me under $5.00


  • window to the past door, doors


Then I primed the door, and a 22" x 30" piece of hardboard. When dry I laid the hardboard on an measured so that it was centred on both sides and at the height I would want a window,.

I traced around the hardboard with a pencil; then I painted the door with a white semi gloss latex, but did not paint inside my rectangle for the window.


  • window to the past door, doors


I mixed some black acrylic paint into my white semi gloss latex.


  • window to the past door, doors


... and taped off where I wanted faux panels on the door,. Then I painted between the lines light grey.  I removed the tape as soon as I was finished.


  • window to the past door, doors


Next, I took my piece of hardboard


  • window to the past door, doors


and mod-podged on my photo - then gave it 2 coats of polycrylic.


  • window to the past door, doors


Out to my work area! I have a lot of scraps., but had ensure I had enough to build a simple frame for my window.


  • window to the past door, doors


I used a mitre saw and cut the corners to 45 degrees and the stiles to 90 or 0 degrees.


  • window to the past door, doors


I brought my picture with me  to double and triple check my measurements!


  • window to the past door, doors


back in the art room, I used "no more nails" construction adhesive to glue my rails and stiles to my hardboard with my photo on it.


  • window to the past door, doors


The rails and stiles are glued on.  I let it set for 5 minutes with pots on the rails to keep them flat.


  • window to the past door, doors


Then turned over my window and applied "No more Nails" to that too.  I placed it carefully into the rectangle pencil lines I drew on it earlier. then put the pots back on and let it sit an hour.


  • window to the past door, doors


We put the door knob back on and put it in place.
Big thanks to my hubby for holding it while I put the pins back in, and for putting back on the handle!

Much better and now, I see the garden and trees I loved so much before I moved; while drinking coffe from my Café room table.

Maybe café curtains?  LOL

Materials I used for this project:

  • Slab door
  • Paint and roller
  • 1" paint brush or wide artist brush
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  • Teresa
    Teresa Canada
    on Mar 22, 2017

    Thanks so much!

  • Schoolhouse35
    Schoolhouse35
    on Mar 25, 2017

    What one could do if they don't have the where with all to do such an ambitious project is to find and old window with panes and "glue"
    a picture or series of pictures to the back of the panes.

    • Jewell Martin
      Jewell Martin Mesquite, TX
      on Jul 23, 2017

      Join a photo printing club. I joined Shutterfly for free and got 100 free regular size prints for free. Almost every Sunday there are 1-3 items free except postage. Once a month or so, a 16" x 20" print is free. The shipping is not free but you do it all online. Walgreens and many other companies have similar photo clubs, too. 😇

  • Schoolhouse35
    Schoolhouse35
    on Mar 26, 2017

    I have two old windows with mirrors behind them. Really nice. And one curved door from a china cabinet with a mirror behind it over a dining room buffet. Really pretty. Left the glass knob on it. Had no idea that old windows are so pricey.

    • Teresa
      Teresa Canada
      on Mar 26, 2017

      They are not price so high in many places , but I am in Alberta. In AB and SK (Saskatchewan) everything old is very pricey because the area was only "founded" a little over 100 years ago. So there is a severe lack of old things. I come from Montreal ( east) and bought an antique sewing machine for $35. here it is work $350.00.

  • Roseann
    Roseann Whitney Point, NY
    on Apr 3, 2017

    Great idea and beautifully done!

  • Sarge
    Sarge Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 24, 2017

    That looks great!

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