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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Raised Panel Door Gets Some Cottage Style

This month's edition of Building With Brawn, exposes what happens when the man gets a wild hair and just up and gives the door a new look.

 
There is no good before & after of this project, and honestly there is just no good photo at all.   I couldn't get it right no matter how hard I tried and I finally just said "whatever"!. 

(Ok, another honestly.... I didn't try too hard).

But I did try hard to at least find a before photo.  I did what any good blogger would do; I looked through nine-million-nine-hundred-ninety-nine-thousand photos to find one that had a glimpse of a before.

Before the dawn of time
Here is your before photo.  Yes those are ghost heads, you got a problem with that?  Look beyond their felt eye sockets and you will see the yellow-ish (mostly ish) door and the wood trim.

I don't know what happened, the door used to be stained a walnut color, and along the way it was painted.  It had been that way for quite a few years, well minus the ghosts, waiting for time, inspiration, or money.

Apparently inspiration arrived after Brawn made the grooves in the plain flat lazy Suzan project and wondered if he could do that to the door.

Groovy Grooves

The door and trim had already been painted white when inspiration hit him to start groove'n up the door panels.  

Brawn reasoned if his plan didn't work, then we'd have to get a new door.

When I finally grabbed the camera the transformation was well under way and I spent the time I should of been taking step by step pictures, interrogating Brawn on what he was doing.


This man formally had a thick full head of curly blond hair
Basically he made himself a straight line track to follow and took the router to the door, cutting grooves in each panel as well as the panels in the sidelites.  When done, he went back and sanded inside each groove till it was smooth. 

It was finished with another coat of white paint, and we ended up with a front door that has a bit of cottage charm for which we spent a big fat ZERO cash on.


The grooves are hard to see in the full door photos, but in person they are noticeable.  It's known as bad photography.




Sorry, weirdly colored over exposed spots on these.  Maybe it was the ghosts?

I like how the groovy door looks with the rocks. 

The last thing to complete the project will be to forge a nice black knob back-plate and buy some cottage style hardware which will include some sort of hinge straps.   I added that to the never ending list and then I will maybe put some effort into a decent full view photo.  

Maybe.








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54 comments :

  1. that was such a great and unique idea! love how the door looks!

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  2. Clever Brawn!!! Luv the cottage addition to your door Bliss.
    Hugs, Gee

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  3. Looks good to me....what a guy you've got there!

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  4. That looks so GROOVY!!! Ok, lame joke, I know, but I seriously love it!

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  5. Awesome...totally awesome...you have a great guy there. Funny about the hair...my guy had dark brown hair and he has the same gray color as yours. What gives? And don't you ever wonder what shade we would be?!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. Thank god for building with Brawn. You hit the jackpot with that one! He's brilliant.

    I couldn't help but think that those ghosts are always at your front door and now the image is stuck in my head forever.

    Thanks a lot.

    oh and your door looks super fabulous and so do the rocks. :)

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  7. What a wonderful idea! And free? Even better! It really looks great, Brawn!

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  8. Great transformation! I love how it came out and for nothing but a little time makes even that much more awesome. I think he is a keeper :)

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  9. That was a stroke of genius and I'm pinning it! Well done Brawn.

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  10. I do not have a problem with the ghosts. :) you funny. Love the change to the doors, it's all in the details. What a great idea!

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  11. Looks beautiful! What a fabulous idea!

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  12. Nice! Next he'll be swing it in half to make a Dutch door. Just be aware.

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  13. I love it! You really need to rent Brawn out for house calls.

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  14. That was a genius idea!! I love how it looks with the rocks too and I love the wall color in your foyer. What is it? The black knob and back plate will pop. That is a cool cottage-y look. I wonder what else he can get groove'n on?

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  15. Love it Bliss! Your Brawn is quite a guy. Sam takes everything down to his dads to work on so I won't give him the 10,000 questions and a few suggestions. I still haven't painted my front door and 10 years later...it's yellow-ish primer.

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  16. This is way cool. Great idea! I better not let Mr. Quirky see this, he is just starting to think he has ideas about my DIY. When I was making my flag and was painting on the stars stands over the table examining me and said "it would be easier if you stenciled those" I said "oh go back to your computer stuff!"

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  17. Your front door looks fantastic now. You and the brawn make a great team :)

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  18. That's awesome. And I'm a teensy bit jealous you have a hubs that will tackle projects. :-)
    xo Heidi

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  19. Honestly!? The man is ALMOST as creative as you are! So...what's next? Kitchen cabinet doors?!?!

    I LOVE the look...ESPECIALLY with the "rocks".

    Oh, and tell Braun that I think his hair is perfect just the way it is and to stay way from that box of "Just for Men" no matter what they say on the commercials!

    xo, Kimberly

    P.S. I know that you were only hesitant to show us the "before" photo with the ghosts because then we'd know that you are secretly ALREADY decorating for Halloween...overachiever. ;)

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  20. Great idea! He is a keeper! Funny thing, I had a dream about doors last night (I know I'm weird) the were antique doors on sale for $20 ea and I was trying to figure out how I could buy all of them and get a truck to haul them. I really need a vacation!

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  21. Original, unique, and so striking. I'd give it a 10.

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  22. You are rubbing off on him! The door looks great; what a fun idea!

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  23. I love it! He did a fantastic job - so creative.
    Send him over.

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  24. You are so lucky to have such a creative husband and he's not afraid to do something new. This was a fabulous idea that came out great. I can just picture the new hardware already on it.

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  25. That man is worth his weight in gold! I love the transformation!

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  26. Great job! Brawn needs his own blog! You can be the cute gal that stands next to everything holding her hands up and smiling.

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  27. Love this transformation, it is great! Brawn is my kind of man!

    Cynthia

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  28. What a great idea!!!
    I'm with Lorraine - Brawn needs his own blog.................and he's quicker than you bwahhhhh.
    I love the door - and the black hardware will be gorgeous on it!
    XOX

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  29. Brawnie was a blondie? Dawwww... Is there anything that man can't do??

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  30. Great job for Brawn!! Give him a hug for all of us. :)

    Since you don't wanna finish the dining room, come down here and help me with this move!

    xo
    Pat
    P.S. Didn't we all have different hair colors in the past? :)

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  31. Again, I must express my love for Brawn.
    My husband only wonders what's for dinner.
    Lucky girl!

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  32. Shut the front door...this turned out great :).

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  33. That is so neat! The grooves definitely look great!

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  34. Well aren't you married to a creative and handy guy? I love the look of grooves in the door! That definitely gives it a cottage style look. New hardware will be the perfect finishing touch too. I was just telling my husband the other day that I want to replace the brass hardware on our front door with oil rubbed bronze. We already changed out our interior door hardware, but never did our front door.

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  35. And you didn't have to ask him to do this? I'd say that's the coolest part, but of course, how it looks is the coolest part!!! It's groovy, man!!

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  36. I'm going to try and inspire Brad ( my hubby) with comparisons to Brawn.

    Stay tuned!

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  37. That is just the coolest idea I have seen in a long time. Brawn is a DIY genius. But don't tell him this or it will go to his head ;)

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  38. Wow! Something so simple made a huge impact!! It looks like a brand new door!! Love it!!

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  39. Don't quite know how I missed this post but wow, Brawn's got patience, great makeover.
    Are you still avoiding finishing the dining room ?

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  40. I definitely do the thing where I look through the nine hundred and ninety nine or more pictures. And where again do you say you get one of those Brawns? He's got skills.
    Liz

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  41. THAT is an awesome idea. I need to make andy get groovy all over our house too!

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  42. I love Brawn's hair! The door looks awesome too! Love and Pinned ;)
    Debbie

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  43. Wow what a transformation! I love it!! Love that your man is able and willing!
    Blessings - Sara

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  44. Love this idea!! Bliss...your brain is genius. I think I'm going to copy this. All the way!

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  45. I love it! It totally changed the look and feel...I'm a sucker for cottage decor anyway. :)

    Have a great day!
    Amy
    www.homesweetthriftyhome.com

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  46. What an awesome idea! It's super cool and does look great with those rocks!

    That fella of yours ROCKs!

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  47. lover of your door and think your Hubby is a keeper...Yes finally back from Vaca and time to do lots of things I have in my back room...Your door make me think hMMM WONDER if my door would work...again cool look and love it...

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  48. I see dead people!

    And a fabulous door - you are a genius!!

    Kelly

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  49. Oh, wow! It make such a difference! LOVE the new look. I'd say... I hope your hubby grows wild hairs all over!!!! Wonderfully done.
    You should be on a ghost tour!

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  50. Great idea to add character to a door! Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a day! Congrats!

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  51. amazing transformation bliss! Love the new look of your door. great job
    gail
    ps catching you

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