Making a Dutch Door From an Old Door

So far, so good!

Next, we sawed the door in half to create our Dutch Door…

and added a new doorknob…

Then we added a ledge onto the bottom half of the door. The original door was a few inches shorter than the doors in our house, so we had to fill that gap. Nothing a simple 2×4 couldn’t fix…

Originally, we thought we would use plexiglass to create the windows in the top half of the door. But the more we thought about it, the more we felt like it could (and should) be a bit classier, maybe a little more permanent than that. ed our aesthetic, but one that would make the door that much more unique.

We headed to Tacoma and found the coolest glass shop. Our heads were spinning with all of the ideas that were floating through our heads. They had glass in shades and textures that we never could have imagined. Beautiful!

My only requirements for the glass we chose were that it let every bit of possible light through, and that it would have texture so that the picture we saw in the laundry room would be scattered and diffused. No need for our guests to see “Mt. Laundrius”, as the boys so affectionately call it!

We settled on a piece of glass called “Falling Rain”. You get the picture – a little streaky and bubbly. But since I would rather think outside of the box than stay inside it, I decided to flip the glass sideways so that the streaks run from side to side, instead of top to bottom. I have to say, the little, old man at the glass shop looked at me like I was crazy, but…ultimately, the customer is always right. Right?

The glass fit perfectly and we held it in place with a bead of silicone…
Will cut strips of wood to frame in and secure the glass on the back side of the door…

The stain that we used for the glass trim is also what we ended up using for the ledge on the bottom half of the door…

We also repositioned a small piece of hardware that was on the door when we first picked it up. I have no idea what it was used for, but it’s old and aged and I like it…

I was giddy when it was all said and done!

And 8 months later…I still am!

It lets light into our hallway, which was what I had always wanted. What is the point of having a window in a bright, light-filled laundry room if you never, ever see it anyway?

Now, we see the light!


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Rozenstraat 14 (626 30 87).
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