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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

    Thanks so much!

  • Schoolhouse35

    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.

    • Teresa
      Teresa Canada

      Old windows where I live sell for over $100.00 since crafty people started to make them into stuff... Sad.

  • Schoolhouse35

    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

      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

  • Roseann
    Roseann Whitney Point, NY

    Great idea and beautifully done!

  • Sarge
    Sarge Brooklyn, NY

    That looks great!

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