Sunday, February 27, 2011

The door fence

We're putting a fence across the top of our driveway and replacing the hideous old fences around the back to create a courtyard you can access through the kitchen door. It will also include the new brick paved patio we made last month.

We were going around to salvage yards looking for cool inexpensive wood when we saw all the old doors. The doors are basically a great big solid piece of very old very hard wood that has a cool look. Perfect!

We got a great deal on 26 doors and have found more in trash piles since then. We only need a few more to have enough to complete it.

They'll take a lot of scraping, sanding, painting etc to be ready to weather the next decade outdoors. Marco's been working hard at it.

The first task of construction was to do the front section across the driveway. We needs to dig 2' holes through concrete. Luckily Marco's uncle had a sledge hammer and a post hole digger.

Never again will my mini be parked at the top part of the driveway like that. That part of the driveway is going to be inside the courtyard and the new location of patio furniture and a fire pit!

Of course any project at my house would be incomplete without finding something unexpected. About a foot down in this hole under the driveway he dug up a brick that exactly matches the ones used on my house. Marco put all the posts in last week with the help of our neighbor Louis while I was finishing my stuff for the new Salvage House Pocket Boutique inside Zola's Everyday Vintage.

But once that was done I got to paint and prime the doors and fill in the holes with caulk and foam.

We can't have water seeping in and rotting our doors so we're sealing them up as best we can. After the foam hardened I sliced it off even, put a layer of caulking on, and painted it closed.

And then they finally got around to putting the doors up!!

It still needs a second coat of paint and more doors but it's starting to look great already!!

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1 comment:

  1. Your door fence looks fantastic. I'm thinking of doing this project in our back yard for privacy from our neighbor. I wouldn't have thought to fill in the holes and such so thanks for including that part in your post. Do you have any other instructions/tips on how to achieve this look and not have it ruined by the weather in a few years? Anything would be much appreciated. Loving the recycling aspect of this, too. Thanks!