Monday, February 6, 2017

Interior Dutch Door

We recently swapped our boring, flat panel, hollow core door for a beautiful new Dutch door.  I absolutely love the look of Dutch doors.  They're so charming and nice way to add a bit of character to your home.

Traditional Dutch doors aren't cheap.  To make this project affordable, we purchased a new wooden door and had it cut it in half.

 Our contractor friend, also chiseled out an additional hinge and added the latch hardware.

 I couldn't decide whether to go with a stained finish or a painted door.  Stain is so messy to apply, but I was afraid paint would cover the wood grain.  In the end I decided to paint the door a classic black.  The color works well in our small hallway.  And thankfully the wood grain is still visible!
  
One change leads to another... You may have noticed that we covered up the stripe pattern on the wall.  I adored the stripes, but it was time to say goodbye.  I couldn't quite bring myself to paint over all my hard work though.  I had leftover (removable) wallpaper tiles from a bigger project in my daughter's room and thought, why don't I use them here.  In some areas I had a hard time matching the patterns.  I plan to hang art to hide the imperfections!

 We have a new puppy!(I'll share more about her in another post.)  The bottom half stays closed when we have company and need to keep the dogs away.  So much nicer than using our previous baby gate.     
Our puppy is potty trained so I didn't want to use a crate.  On the other hand when we're not home, I need to keep her safe and avoid coming home to another chewed up rug.  The door has also been a functional solution until she's mature enough to be left loose in the house. Design and function!! 

22 comments:

  1. Love the door AND the color! Then, there are those two cute pups - adorable. Jane

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  2. I love the new door and the way the wood grain shows. And omigosh that puppy!!

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  3. Love the door AND the new puppy! :-)

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  4. Great door, cute pup! We had a dutch door in our home, leading outside to the garden. It was old and rotted, but I loved it. Like you said, pricey, so when it came time to replace it, we opted for a less expensive choice. I keep saying someday...enjoy yours!

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  5. It's perfect Brandi, especially for your furry family members there! So charming indeed!

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  6. Great makeover and the new puppy is so adorable. Have a great Week Brandi.

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  7. Hi Brandi! thanks for stopping by my blog, it's so good to see you and your pups!
    this is such a wonderful idea...you're so talented...I would have never thought to cut the door. that green wreath is beautiful on the door! love that you can still see the grain through the paint.
    your pups are adorable! you and I are both puppy dog lovers. :) can't wait to hear more about your new pup. :)
    hope you're having a happy day!
    Marie

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  8. Love your door Brandi! I really want a Dutch door for my laundry room. Maybe I can figure out how to make one. It looks great and the color is perfect. Loving your sweet puppy too.

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  9. Love it Brandi! I would love to swap our double door in the dining room for something like this. Oh, and we just might be expecting ;-)

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  10. Genius and great looking solution, Brandi!!!

    Your pup is adorable, too.

    Well done, ma'am!

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  11. I love the door! I am old enough that whenever I see Dutch door I think of Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Greenjeans.

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  12. I can't even begin to describe how much I love your door! Excellent choice in paint-with the wood grain.I wish I had as much style as you have in your pinky. Gorgeous puppy-congrats on the family addition.

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  13. I think we need to update our door to this too. :)
    Cute furry babies.

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  14. This is a very good idea, and still very pretty on that space
    Have a great week
    xoxo
    Lulu

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  15. Absolutely love your Dutch door Brandi! Looks great!

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  16. The Dutch Door is Beautiful and when Design meets Function, well, booyah! Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  17. Hi Brandi!

    You had a very useful idea, I liked that.
    I loved your new pet. She seems to like the new door too.

    Xoxo

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  18. Hello, Brandi! The yawning dog made me yawn LOL

    I wish you a wonderful weekend :)

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