Thursday, June 19, 2008

"THE" Project

Last summer, a family in our neighborhood moved out and before they left, they put a whole bunch of garbage behind their house in the alley of which included an old door. Well, months after they left, I decided that I would aleve the neighborhood of one piece of all that trash and I dragged the old door home into our garage. At that point, it was COVERED in mud. Jemma and I washed all the mud off and then I later painted and distressed it (with the intent to someday make it into a corner shelf). Well, almost a year later, Brandon's parents came to visit us and his dad, Ben is a huge handy-man...he can make ANYTHING! I'm serious! So, here are a few pictures of the transformation. I just forgot to get a shot of it before it got cut in half...just picture a regular door...well, not entirely has an old brass door handle and the hinges are all rusty...very cool. Jemma - helper or hinderance?Top and bottom shelves attached.
Another Shelf!!
The master carpenter at work.
All done, painted, distressed and in the house! I love it tons! Ben did a better job than I ever could have hoped for! I wish you could all see it up close. There's molding/trim on the ends of the shelves and the old door handle and hinges add tons of character. Thanks soooooo much for your time and talent Ben!


Sharee & Arthur said...

oh my word, Jenny. That is the coolest thing. Way to salvage that piece of trash! It is such a cute idea, and thank heaven Ben is such a pro with his shelf-making skills. I double clicked on it to get a better look of the distressing (very good job!) and and the door knob and hinges are so charming. I want one! (now I'll always be on the lookout for old doors!)

love you!

aisha said...

Hey, Jen! Remember me from 4th Ward? I am amazed to see how much your little family has grown since you moved away! Congratulations on your baby boy! Both of your kids are super cute!

Come on over to our blog and say hi-we'd love to have you!

James & Tara Huish said...

Hi Reeds!
I found your blog a few months ago and I was so excited! I can't remember though if I ever commented!
COngrats on the baby! He is just absolutely perfect and adorable! Jemma is just so big! WHat a cutie!

I'm so glad that you guys are doing great. I love that we'll be able to check up on you guys! Keep on loving life!


Benedict & Jessica Chavez said...

Oh wow! Can't believe I was able to find you guys! So excited for you and your little (well, let's just say it, getting bigger by each day) family! First, I must say, LOVED the door idea. I totally felt an instant connection when I read about it- Ben and I made a coffee table out of an old window last year. So talented, Jenny! Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hello. Congrats on the babies (even though Jemma is well beyond a baby now, but it has been forever since we have seen each other) and on Brandon's wonderful opportunity in Oregon. Real quick on us: Benedict and I are still in Provo, I work at a law firm and he will be done with school in December. Right now he is actually living in WA state for an internship with Boeing while I am stuck here. Crossing our fingers, though, that this turns into a real job....sounds promising so far! No matter what, though, come December we will be neighbors- we will move to WA state no matter what. Jenny, look at us now, tree huggers in Oregon and Washington. No babies yet, but we are trying to catch up with the rest of society. Good luck to you and your family!

Linzi said...

you are AMAZING!! I would never think of doing something like that.

Ryan and Cecily said...

That is so cool! It looks sooo incredibly nice!! What a great addition to your home! Brandon's dad has some awesome talent!

Harris Family said...

That is so cool! I noticed this at your house the other day, but I was trying to think of a good way to sneak it out and into my car without you noticing! its way too cute, you should sell these!