Saturday, May 2, 2009

Finally: The Door

I'm sorry that I didn't think to take a good picture of the house without the screen door before it was installed - but with the weather and my excitement over getting it up and finished, I lost track of my blogging responsibilities. I hope you can get the idea from this picture, taken at the 2008 Garden Walk. The front porch was nice, simple. The door stayed closed all of the time because there was no guard against bugs, dust, or roaming animals.

Notice the yard to the bottom left, not so pretty huh? It's spring here and my hostas are just now breaking through. But, back to the door. Here's what it looked like all wrapped in the plastic as delivered. It's not on hinges in this photo - just propped up against the opening of the doorway. The minute I put it there - I knew I had made a good choice. It was just missing hardware.

So I picked up this decorative knob and key plate at Hobby Lobby for a little more than $4, and went to town, faux finishing it with a copper-like patina that would help it pop off of the newly stained door. 4 hours, and a few choice words later ...


The new handle. Pretty, huh? I like this much more against the newly stained door than the old finish. Then of course, I had to have a secondary pull on the inside of the door. (The knob here is purely decorative - but serves as a great pull for this door!) By the way ... many of you have already commented about wishing you had a Hobby Lobby nearer to thee, you might wanna check out: http://www.craftsetc.com/ , the online supplier for Hobby Lobby stores. You won't be able to enjoy that elusive 40% Hobby Lobby coupon, or the weekly 1/2 of specials - but the prices are still great.

So I opted for this little porcelain tear drop pull which turns completely around, making it very easy to operate. It fits in with the pulls of the secretary too, which was a complete accident!

And in case you were trying to make out what the plaque on the brick says, it's Garden King. Scott thinks very highly of himself. And because I know you're all dying to see what it looks like all finished, and lovely, and done, and stained, and knobbed, and perfect ...

There you have it! Voila, presto-chango! I hope that it was as beautiful in this picture as it was in your thoughts. I know there were many of you living vicariously through this door. I have to admit that it's far better than I expected in looks, but completely exceeded my expectation in the feeling that it provides. It pulls me right back into my childhood - my face pressed to the screen door, the cool breeze filling the room. The slamming, the knocking, the latch and hook. Yes, this door was just what I needed, indeed.

51 comments:

  1. Fan-tab-ulous!! Artie, it came out beautifully - as I knew it would! I am so glad that you opted to stain it, all the various woods and colors makes it really come to an artistic life, and that hardware.... to die for!! You are mahhhhhvelous, darlink and so is your fabu door. Absolutely LOVE it!
    xo Isa

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  2. Awesome! I love it! And I love what you did with the door knob...the finish is really stunning! It turned out beautifully! You and Scott are sooo going to enjoy this door, Artie. This would be great to link to for Met Monday tomorrow night! :-) Susan

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  3. Wow Scott....It looks like it has been married to this house for 50 years or so. Gorgeous!

    ...and 4 clams for that handle??? WHAT??~!

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  4. What a lovely screen door. I don't think I've seen one quite this attractive before.

    Yes, it takes me back to my childhood also.

    A very good choice of knobs also. You have my vote.

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  5. It is just gorgeous. I love the hardware you chose and the patina finish you applied is stunning. What a beautiful door. I would love to have one so I could enjoy all the cool breezes. I know you will enjoy yours. Hugs, Marty

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  6. wow!
    good show!
    as only Artie can perform!

    it's beautiful, Bro.

    peace~

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  7. What the......Hobby Lobby? Had one down the street from my house growing up. Didn't realize they were still in business. Excellent! Exceeded my expectations.

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  8. Porte magnifique et belle mon ami!
    (Magnficent and beautiful door my friend.) Well worth the wait!!!!!

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  9. I love the door but I'm really crazy for the hardware you used! The perfect touches for your home. It really is all about the details. Great job!
    ~Michelle

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  10. Love the door, Artie, great patina! Now, that is exactly what California is lacking, a Hobby Lobby. L*U*C*K*Y!

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  11. So, I invented a new word:
    Artieliscious!

    Okay, so I am marinating in the details: You stained the door? It didn't come like that? And, did you put on another post where you purchased the door? Sorry--I like to be a follower when I follow the best!

    You have a gift--a pure talent that we all can enjoy.

    And, I love Scott's sign, actually. I thought it was really cool.

    The hardware is delicious. Absolutely yummy. Perfectly Artie!

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  12. Well Artie, that was worth the wait. It turned out fabulous! I like your choice in hardware, too. (I've said it once and I'll say it again - I wish we had a Hobby Lobby.) ~ Robyn

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  13. OMG! I can't believe how amazing your door looks! Good job!!!!!

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  14. the knob looks unreal! I love this! I tried to get a screen door last year for our back door but our door swings the wrong way!!! great job artie.

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  15. Your door looks great! Like it has always been there. Nice job on finish and the hardware!

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  16. Oh Artie, just look at it!!!!!!!!!!! It's soooooooooooo beautiful. Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!! The pulls you chose add just the right amount of charm to it. I love the different shades and lengths in the wood kick-plate. Amazing! Oh, and that wicker planter? PERFECT!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  17. I'm jealous!!!! I have a double french door so I can't do a screen. : (
    No one else is going to say it I guess so you know me... I'll just tell you that when I saw that second photo I thought OH NO! That is U-G-L-Y! He's all excited about THAT?! lol I didn't know it was still wrapped of course.
    Hugs, B.

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  18. Love the door.
    Love the handle.
    Love the Garden King!!

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  19. The stained screen door adds SO much to the facade of the house! You did a great job with the faux finish on the handle, too. :- ) Sue

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  20. I LOVE it!! It really looks phenomenal!! I have been looking forward to this post, and it was worth the wait. You did a wonderful job. I love what you did with decorative knob, and the patina looks amazing on it!! You are so good, Nicole

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  22. I am actually DYING for a screen door here at the Cottage of Stone. Unfortunately, our front door is so freaking tall, we'd have to have one custom made at about $500. Yikes. I think I will be making my own... I just have no time.

    Oh, I can't wait to show you the new copper gutters. They are being installed this week! Steven is busy finishing painting the fascia bords out lovely pale blue color. :)

    So envious of your gorgeous screen door. And the faux copper is so pretty!

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  23. Artie, that is one rockin' door now that you got ahold of it. And the hardware is perfectly aged & looks like it's been there forever. Gorgeous! I know you are loving it.

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  24. Artie--Thanks so much for your sweet comments and you are welcome anytime!! That door is perfect!! Now I know it has a lot to live up to, but I expect it to fulfill your every wish. It's already got the aesthetic down! And show us Scott's garden a little later on please!

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  25. So pretty! Thank you for sharing the link. I am one of those sooooo jealous of all of you near a Hobby Lobby. I go to their website where they have a 360 tour and just droll!
    ~Sherrie

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  26. Evening, Artieness! Oh, I just love the looks of your screen door and the handle looks great! I can almost hear the old fashioned sounds it will make!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. What a pretty door, Artie. You did a great job. I really like the decorative handle and the door knob....Christine

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  28. Great job! That hardware you selected is perfect for it. What an welcome it makes to your home! laurie

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  29. Artie!
    I love your screen door and what you did to the hardware even more! That teardrop handle on the inside is fabulous!
    Hey....where have the yuppy puppies been? I miss them..heehee.
    Blessings....

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  30. Screen doors make such a difference on a house. I love your new screen door and the hardware is excellent. Perfect!

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  31. That's beautiful and it looks like it has always been there. I love what you did with the handle. I think screen doors really make a house feel like a home. They let the fresh air and light in and it takes me back to the days where people didn't feel like they had to barricade themselves behind a locked door all day.

    Kady

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  32. Wow what a transformation! Great job and it looks so old and fits great with your home.
    Linda

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  33. LOVE the hardware... GORGEOUS!!!

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  34. I love a screen door. It brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I love the screen door and the door knob is excellent. Great job. Thanks for visiting my blog, come back anytime. Debbie

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  36. There is just something very homey about a screen door. I have always wanted one! Yours is just super special, and the antique-looking knob just finishes off the look. What a great day to come home every day! Love it. Amy

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  37. Your door is just beautiful. There's nothing quite like a screen door here in the South! You have quite the eye for decorating. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll definitely be back to yours!

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  38. Artie, you are SOOOOOO good! The screen door is perfection and what you did, the stain, knobs etc. are genius, as only YOU can do! Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pinky

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  39. Perfection Artie! Will you come to Illinois and do this for me? We'll be happy to trade blueprints for a screendoor!

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  40. OH~~~~ I LOVE IT! It was well worth the wait. Thank-you so much for showing all the details I love the patina paint job. I love that look.
    Have a great day,
    Ginger

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  41. I love the door, it goes so well with your lovely home ! Thanks for
    sharing !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  42. Really nice post... I love how you transformed the Hobby Lobby door pull... I too am a Hobby Lobby follower and know how to get my 40% off any regular priced item coupon and I know how to use it! *Grin*
    Really awesome door...
    ~Really Rainey~

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  43. I already left you a commnt, but didn't want to leave you out of the party...c'mon over to my blog for a margarita. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Arriba!

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  44. Goodness gracious sakes - the hardware you chose for your screen door is killer! I love it. I have a new wood screen door that would love a face lift like this - have to find me a similar handle. Wish I had a Hobby Lobby here in So Cal - don't see anything like that at Home Depot! Shoot.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  45. I'm in love with that door!!! It's beautiful!!!

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  46. Artie!

    I somehow missed this wonderful screen door! Screen doors are important to Texas boys! We could tell the demeanor of our Moms by the sound of the screen door. A soft thud of a benevolent mother, or the lightning crack SLAM of a "look what I found under your bed" mother!!!

    You took the artform to the top of it's class. I feel I need a new one on my back screened porch. You have inspired me!

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  47. Artie, please tell me where you got the door. I need one for my back door. Thanks! Carol

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  48. Yes, I would also love to know where you purchased the door. I want one.

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