Journey 158: Vintage Screen Door Upcycle


 A little over a month ago, for Journey 120, I displayed pictures of creative ideas for using the vintage screen door that I purchased, in my garden. I appreciate the comments, suggestions and votes for the door’s best use. Suggestion #3, based on a Pinterest pic, garnered the most votes and interest. 

 The inspiration for my garden screen door. 

Today, i had the opportunity to prep and paint the door, using the teal colored paint that I used on my Peace Door, which leads into the garden. Under Greg’s supervision, I repositioned the upper hinge and painted both sides of the door. Okay, Greg did more than supervise with the painting, taking over with the roller when I decided to change into my gardening jeans!


 Before a couple of coats of teal exterior paint. 

                                 After painting

The more I worked on the door, the more I appreciated it. I wanted this screen door as a representation of my symbol for this year. I love the simple lines of the door, the perfect condition screens, which I managed to keep unspoiled by paint! As I completed the painting, and left for an afternoon open house and a showing with clients, I anticipated how the door, symbol of opportunity and adventure, would look in my backyard garden. 

I returned home early this evening to discover that the cats had claimed the door. They were happily using it as a perch, catching the cool evening breeze after a warm and muggy day. I hated to disappoint them, but I was excited to attach the door to the privacy fence out back. Greg accomplished this last task in a few minutes. I hung a wreath on the door, and stepped back to take a look. 

  The door, awaiting repurposing a month ago 

I am thrilled with how the door looks in the garden. It adds whimsy and charm and I can hang wreaths or signs on the door. The screen door will be a daily reminder of my journey and the amazing adventures that are unfolding. 

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we are curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”                  Walt Disney 




Journey 31: Hobbit Door Necklace

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When the door became my symbol for 2015, choosing me as surely as my word, Journey, chose me, I thought it might be difficult to find representations of that symbol. Last year’s symbol, the empty bird cage, was everywhere and easily obtained. And the year before, dragonflies were plentiful. When I saw the scene in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with the acorn, I almost changed my symbol to that brown nut. However, I’ve never done that before, changed symbols once I’ve been given one, and I decided to trust the journey and see how the door showed up in my life. The acorn can be a sub-symbol, if there is such a thing, and while it continues to have significance for me, I am finding that the door symbolism is appearing and with a frequency that is surprising.

I’ve noticed in the years past that major retailers, like Hobby Lobby, have, incredibly, tracked along with my symbol for each year, providing an ample selection of products that I can purchase. Checking out the new spring lines of merchandise recently, I discovered that while there wasn’t an abundance of door products, there also wasn’t any particular theme that was prominent either. Somehow, that made me feel like I was on the right path with my symbol. I purchased a full sized vintage screen door last week, to use in my garden or on my front porch. I’m open to finding other old or interesting doors as well. I have a couple of French doors that used to separate my living room from my dining room that could be repurposed into a new use, and this is the perfect year for that project.

Open doors are showing up in unexpected ways, such as when I shot pics at artCentral last week and captured the apple green front door standing open in such an inviting way. And a recent gift of a journal from a friend, a traveling companion, not only had a representation of a door on the front cover, it also contained the word “door” on the back cover, written in Dwarvish runes. Such occurrences trigger a deep sense of knowing that what I am receiving is absolutely meant for me and are guideposts for my journey, pointing me in the right direction.

hobbit door

Imagine my delight, then, when I found a necklace with a Hobbit door locket and tiny key attached. Several of my joys combined in one happy item! Even better, I saw the necklace on a Facebook page called Bilbo’s Acorn. How cool is that? It seems so fitting, that the acorn led me to the door. I love the connectedness of all things. Today, while traveling to Arkansas to check on Greg’s dad, I showed Greg a picture of the Hobbit door necklace. Greg ordered the necklace for me this evening, as a late birthday gift! That was unexpected, however, I am thrilled and grateful, and finding there are many unexpected journeys this year as I follow my heart and soul.

The locket actually opens, with the Hobbit sized key, and a picture can be placed within the locket. I will used the photo below, reduced down to miniature proportions, as a reminder that the open door is an invitation to step through….and journey out into the world. Like Bilbo, I am going on an adventure, and the adventure is….amazing!

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